Ayrshire businessman Derek McLennan, who unearthed the Galloway Viking Hoard in 2014, said he has been sidelined by the Crown's Treasure Trove Unit and Historic Environment Scotland and so far he has received nothing for the find. [...] He said: "All I ever wanted was for good things to come from this discovery ... unfortunately, I am still waiting." [...] Mr McLennan added: "At the present time the artefacts within the hoard may be getting valued, but I have no idea when, or if, this is indeed taking place."I guess, wallowing in his feeling of entitlement, he does not really get the idea of the phrase Crown property, or the adjective "discretionary".
Mr McLennan, who runs a not-for-profit company promoting responsible metal detecting [...] wrote an article in The Searcher magazine, said the Crown should live up to its code of practice to "promote and reward the honest, law abiding detectorists who do the right thing".Wait a second, surely the mantra is that "we detectorists ARE all law-abiding and decent, not like those nighthawking thieves [spit on ground], who are not detectorists and bring the hobby a bad name", isn't it? So McLennan thinks the Crown should "promote and reward" all detectorists? The man is moaning that he was
"sidelined at the unveiling of one artefact. He said: "It was massively disappointing to be excluded from further discovery such as viewing the emptying of the Carolingian vessel and the lack of information being made available to me as the finder."The emptying took place in a laboratory. I think it is up to the professionals who run the laboratory who they let in - there are security and safety issues involved.
A Treasure Trove Unit spokesman said: "We are disappointed, given we have been in contact with Mr McLennan in the last few weeks and he did not raise these concerns with us.