Canadian strikes gold in Dumfries and Galloway

Credit: Sara Bain

A nugget of gold estimated to be worth £10,000 was found in a river near Wanlockhead in Dumfries and Galloway yesterday.

The Museum of Lead Mining claims it's one of the most significant finds of Scottish gold in the past 70 years.

Canadian gold panning student John, who lives in the Gold Rush province of British Columbia, found it while learning to pan for gold from the Museum's expert Leon Kirk .

He says he didn't initially realise the significance of his find, and almost threw it back in the river:

According to the museum, golden nuggets of this size are extremely rare in Scotland.