Its strange that the Romans, didn't manage to conquer Scotland.
Not much value in it though no? England had tin, not much else besides that.
As a patriotic Scotsman I could take offence at that, but I can see your line of thinking, and I like you line of thought. The truth is, the Roman
Emperors, saw Scotland (Then Alba), as a thorn in thier side. They tried for over 4 decades to fully conquer the country. They had managed to defeat
some of the greatest armies in early Europe, but a small far flung part stood up to them and caused them great embarrassment. IMO they couldn't let
this part not be part of the empire of it would show that they were not all powerful.
The Romans tried many times to conquer Scotland, but found the native Picts too vicious. Every time the Romans gained land and built a fortress, the
Picts would continually attack it, day and night till they left.
When the Romans retreated, the Picts followed, attacking again and again. One emperor (Hadrian, was so angry that his army couldn't defeat these
savages, sent up his entire Northern Army). This army slaughtered all the Picts they found and they thought they had won. Upon rebuilding thier
fortresses, more Northen Tribes of the Picts attacked them, led by Queen Bodecia (spelt wrongly) and a strange Shamen, called Meirlyn. There are Roman
documents stating that it took over 5 arrow hits to even down these savages and the romans eventually left to go back into england.
It did not stop there though. The Picts now amassed an Army and attacked the retreating Romans. Hadrian, had enough of it all and built a huge
fortified wall. between Scotland and England, called Hadrians Wall. This wall was continually attacked by the Picts, up until the point that the Roman
Empire started to fall.
At this point the Picts, started to fight the Scots and Celts in the West and soon the country, now know as Scotland came to be. One interesting fact
bout all this is that the Picts left barely anything to remember them by. All they left were standing stones, like Stonehenge all over the East of
Scotland, with strange markings on. One Pictish building was discovered a few years back, and it's believed it actually predates the Eygptian
Pyramids. The only accounts of them are from Roman documents and they state that the Picts were heavily into magic and were the wildest warriors they
had come across.
Maybe thats why Paganism never died out in Scotland, giving the Templars the perfect place to hide???