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Digital Subscriptions > History Scotland > History Scotland Sep -Oct 2019 > ONE OF ROME’S LEGIONS IS MISSING


Duncan B Campbell investigates an old legend that a Roman legion was destroyed by the ancestors of the Scots – and discovers a strange tale that has its roots in 19th-century excavations in Silchester
The classic image of a Roman eagle with outspread wings, carved in relief within a pediment. The original slab was unfortunately recut for use as a building-stone. Now in the Yorkshire Museum, York

It is a common belief that, back in the days of the Romans, one of their legions was destroyed by the ancestors of the Scots, variously described as Caledonians or, more often, Picts. The story crops up in print and online from time to time, and if we scratch away at the surface, it is usually a vague memory of Rosemary Sutcliff ’s book The Eagle of the Ninth that lies behind it. However, this appeal to a work of fiction as the ultimate source of the tale doesn’t seem to deter its proponents.

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Don't miss Sep/Oct History Scotland and the launch of our Insider BONUS CONTENT! Highlights of this packed issue include: · The Sobieski Stuarts – new research on the remarkable brothers who popularised tartan and fooled a generation with their book Vestiarium Scoticum · New findings relating to the Traprain Law hoard – discovered in East Lothian 100 years ago this year · The Aberdeen Doctors – six men who dared to oppose the National Covenant · Lords of the Isles: a striking reconstruction of a medieval Islay power base * HISTORY SCOTLAND INSIDER: Exclusive interview, new video on the north east slavery legacy, exclusive discounts from heritage partners.​