When the Roman Legions invaded Scotland they
were faced by the Picts and had great difficulty in subduing the blue
woad painted warriors.
The story goes that one Roman Legion
marching near Bennachie saw through the mist a lone lone Pictish warrior
on the hillside. The Roman Commander immediately dispatched two men to
capture him. They failed to return but the Pictish warrior was spotted
once again. He sent four men but they too failed to return. Once again
the Pictish warrior was seen making his way along the hillside. The
Commander then sent eight men. The sound of battle echoed through the
mist and eventually a blood-stained Roman Legionairre staggered back to
his waiting companions with these alarming words -
"Go back! Go back! Its an ambush -
there's two of them."