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Canadian strikes gold in Dumfries and Galloway

Photo: 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:

I saw the piece lying just under the surface of the water and picked it up. It didn’t look like much and I was just about to throw it back when I thought I should double-check with Leon first.

“I said ‘is this gold?’ and couldn’t understand his excitement."

– John, from Canada

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

I like to tell my students that everyone goes home with a flake or two of gold, but this is exceptional.

“I always knew there were sizeable nuggets in these hills but, in my decades of panning, have only found very small pieces or flakes."

– Leon Kirk