The Roman armies were among the strongest and the mightiest of all the ancient armies. This mystery is about one of the most fearsome elite units in the Roman Empire. Known as the Ninth Legion, this unit went completely missing in the year 197 AD without any trace.
It all started in 43 AD when Roman emperor Claudius decided to invade Britain and the mighty Ninth Legion was deployed for the task. This trained Army soon defeated the British Chief, Captain Caratacus, and built a fort in Lincoln (East Midlands). After the completion of the fort in Lincoln, they were assigned to build another fort in Eboracum or modern-day York. They were then sent to fight with the Scots. Several of the Ninth Legion’s members died in the battle and the fort in York was severely damaged but somehow they managed to win the battle and started rebuilding the fort in 108 AD. That was the last time they were recorded in History as after that there is no mention of this mighty legion and it has remained a mystery to date.
Some theory suggests that they were ambushed and killed in the fort but there is no evidence to back it. Ruins found in the Netherlands suggest that part of the legion was stationed there in 104-120 AD but historians contend this theory telling that these artifacts cannot be conclusive and the legion never left the British soil.
No one knows for sure what happened to this elite group of soldiers but the traditional theory says that the men marched into the Scottish mists and never came back. But if that was true there are no such records in Scottish history. This mystery perfectly blends with the ancient folklores of Scotland and the fate of one of the most elite armies of Rome will probably remain a mystery for times to come.