Schottin (86) in luck: wedding ring found on potato field after 50 years


In 1971 Peggy MacSween lost her wedding ring while harvesting potatoes in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The now 86-year-old had long come to terms with the loss. Her late husband, John, had already bought her a replacement. But when MacSween told her neighbor Donald MacPhee about it, he got the gold rush.

For three days, MacPhee searched the 5000 square meter field with his metal detector, which had now become a party mile. The prospector dug 90 holes. 89 times he only found old beer cans and other scrap metal, but then he stumbled upon the treasure!

Peggy MacSween tells the Guardian, very touched: “He just came to the door and said, ‘I have to show you something.’ It was the ring. I couldn’t believe it, but there he was. I thought I would never see him again. “



Donald MacPhee dug 90 holes before finding the ringPhoto: Am Pàipear


The wedding ring still fits Peggy MacSween like a glove today

The wedding ring still fits Peggy MacSween like a glove todayPhoto: Am Pàipear

Her neighbor was surprised at how well the ring had held up 50 years underground on the rainy Schotten Island: “It was in pristine condition. She put it on and it still fit like a glove. “

John MacSween had infected his Peggy with the ring when they married in 1958. During the potato harvest she only wanted to shake the sand out of her glove when she lost the token of her eternal love. MacSween: “I didn’t notice until I got home. I went looking for him two or three more times, but there was no way to find him. “

But the marriage lasted anyway. Years later, John bought her a new ring while on vacation. They remained married until his death in 1998.

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