Highlander Timeline

The Highlander A-Z: Duncan's Timeline (i: 1592-1800)

The Timeline is even more of an 'in progress' than the A-Z. Just preparing it for the Web has reminded me of how many gaps there are, but when it was written for the magazine, lack of space forced me to cut it right back. To check out the A-Z, click here, and to jump to the second half of the timeline click here.

Duncan MacLeod in 1619.

 

1592

Duncan Macleod is born in the Highlands of Scotland. Discovered in the woods just outside Glenfinnan, he is adopted and raised as heir to the Macleod clan.

 

1606

Duncan is lost in the woods aged 13, where he encounters the "witch" Cassandra for the first time.

 

1622

Duncan is cast out of his clan after his Immortality is triggered by a "fatal" wound in battle. For two years Duncan wanders Scotland, returning to avenge his father's death in 1624 at the hands of Kanulf the Viking.

 

1625

Duncan receives his first Quickening and discovers his true identity when an Immortal hermit forces him to take his head.

 

Duncan gets on the wrong side of a fellow Immortal (1640).

1630

Duncan leaves Scotland to travel through Europe, beginning in France and heading down towards Italy.

 

1634

Mac encounters Devon Marek, the adopted son of the Duke of Willioughby, just as the nobleman 'dies' for the first time. Not realising he has sensed a pre-Immortal Mac buries Marek who subsequently revives. Well, you live and learn.

 

1635

Duncan meets Amanda for the first time (she's travelling with her mentor Rebecca Horne).

 

1637-9

Duncan encounters Fitzcairn for the first time when he unsuccessfully tries to protect the Prince of Verona's daughter from his advances. The pair hit it off and decide to learn to read together. As you do.

 

1640

Mac encounters the immortal Kyra in a French tavern. The pair predictably end up sharing a bed for the night.

 

1653

He is saved from slavery by Hamza el Kahir while in Algiers and encounters Xavier St. Cloud for the first time.

 

1657

Macleod encounters Graham Ashe, an Immortal who tutored Ramiriez, and Haresh Clay, who subsequently takes Ashe's head.

 

1658

Duncan takes sanctuary in a European monastery for a time that offers shelter to beleagured immortals. There he encounters Kalas for the first time, and has the singing monk expelled when he uncovers Kalas' little sideline in killing Immortals as soon as they leave sanctuary.

 

Duncan wanders London during the Great Plague (1665).

1660

He returns to England in the wake of the Restoration of Charles II.

 

1712

Duncan serves as a Scottish Emissary at the court of Queen Anne. He also encounters Amanda again in Constantinople.

 

1720

MacLeod is reunited with Fitzcairn under Westminster Abbey where Fitz is trying to assassinate George I and Mac is trying to steal the Stone of Scone.

 

1730

Duncan narrowly avoids death - first as an alleged poacher and then at the hands of the Immortal who 'saves' him.

 

Duncan battles for Scottish independence (1746).

1746

Duncan returns to Scotland to fight for the cause of the Young Pretender, Bonnie Prince Charlie.

 

1746

Macleod travels East in search of new pastures in the wake of the Scottish defeat.

 

Duncan in Cossack Russia (1750)

 

1750

Duncan stays with the Cossacks by the Don River in Russia for a while, but leaves in disgust when they sack a defenceless village.

 

1753

Arrives in Constantinople and saves Amanda (yet again) from losing her hand.

 

1755

Duncan returns to the north coast of Africa and finds himself bargaining his life in return for that of a young boy.

 

Duncan during his time in India (1765).

1765

Serves as a guide to the British army in India.

 

1778

Macleod is shipwrecked off the coast of Japan after marooning the Immortal captain of a ship on a desert island. He receives his katana from his rescuer who, incidentally, is forced to commit hari kiri for saving his life.

 

Duncan at the home of Kiem Sun (1780).

1780

Visits Kiem Sun in China to discover he is trying to perfect a drug designed to enhance people's strength and obedience. He then encounters Mei Ling in Mongolia, who teaches him the martial arts.

 

1783-1800

Duncan returns to Europe and the Napoleonic Wars, spending the last 20 years of the century dividing his time between England and northern France.

 

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Text Copyright 1997-8 Nick Peers. Images copyright Rysher Entertainment.