- 1518--Connor MacLeod is born in the village of Glenfinnan on the shores of Loch Shiel and raised by
his father and his mother Caiolin. (HL, HLN, HLE)
Connor's 10th birthday, his cousin Dugal catches a salmon that they eat. (HLN)
- 1536-- Connor's father is killed by the Frasers, a neighboring clan. (Note: in HL3,
Alex Johnson mentions that Connor MacLeod's father, a clan chieftain, altered the tartan to honor his son after his son's
banishment.) In a battle between the two feuding clans, Connor is killed by the Kurgan but is rescued off the field before the Kurgan can take his head. His
swift and remarkable healing causes his village to accuse him of witchcraft and banish him. Later near Glencoe, he meets Heather,
daughter of Angus MacDonald from whom he learns to be a blacksmith. (HL, HL3, HLN)
- 1539--Connor marries
Heather. Angus MacDonald dies. (HL, HLN)
- Summer 1541--Connor and Heather still live at the forge near Glencoe (although the novel places them near Jedburgh
which is in southern Scotland and not in the highlands) after Angus' death. One day while they are rolling in the hay, up
rides Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez who teaches Connor what it means to be immortal and prepares him to meet the Kurgan in battle. over the next three months or so. (HL,
- 1542--But it
is Ramirez the Kurgan finds first while Connor is out checking his traps or hunting. The scene in the film appears
to be set in the winter. Ramirez is buried at the remains of the ruined tor and Connor and Heather re-locate from near Glencoe
to a farm near the town of Montrose. Montrose however is on the east coast of Scotland. Again, they probably remained
in the Glencoe are as per later scenes in HLIII and Endgame. (HL, HLN,
- 1555--Connor returns to Glenfinnan in an attempt to rescue his mother Caiolin from the stake. He fails
and accidentally kills Father Rainey and his adopted son Jacob Kell. He does not
realize that Kell is also an immortal. Saddened, Connor returns to Glencoe to live out a life with Heather. (HLE)
- 1590--After Heather's death, Connor leaves Scotland and travels the world.
- Late 16th century,
Scotland-- Shortly after Heather's death, Connor goes to work
as a field hand for a farmer and his daughter, Sarah. Sarah is sweet on Connor, but he fears to
again become involved with a mortal woman. when the farm is attacked by two brigands, Connor is
killed and then revives, killing the attackers and saving the farmer and Sarah. He then leaves Scotland. (HL3,
original script) NOTE: The original script places this scene in the 17th century, but it actually
works better before Connor goes to Japan. The same is true for the next event.
- Late 16th century--Connor
meets Thomas Cavanaugh, a friend of Ramirez who convinces Connor that he needs to pass on what he learned from Ramirez to other young
immortals. Cavanaugh calls a gathering of local immortals on holy ground to preach about the nature of the prize and the importance
for it to be won by good men. He encourages all to teach what they have learned. (HL3, original script)
- Late 16th century--
Connor travels on to the east to learn from the immortal sorcerer Nakano. (HL3)
there, Kane and his henchmen attack.
When Kane kills Nakano, the quickening brings down the mountain and buries Kane and his henchman. Connor escapes.
- 17th Century--Connor and
Thomas Cavanaugh meet again. When Cavanaugh mentions
that Connor is drifting through life rather than living it, Connor determines to leave England.
(HL3, original script)
- 1625--Returning to Scotland, Connor finds
Duncan MacLeod in "that bloody bog" following the battle of Glen Fruin. (HLE) *Or trying to drown himself.
and Duncan are apart as Duncan does not know where Connor is when he is pursued by Martin Hyde, an immortal
who only challeneges "seasoned" immortals.
- 1631--A few years later as they are training in Ravenna, Italy, Connor teaches Duncan an unstoppable move. (HLE)
- 1632-- In Scotland, Connor and Duncan have a brief run-in with Khordas, the immortal pirate and villain of
The Element of Fire and his companion, the immortal Nerissa. Duncan leaves
Connor to travel in Europe. In 1634, Duncan is traveling alone when he meets Ursa.
By 1637 Duncan has returned to Italy. (EOF, HLS#16)
- 1712--Connor and Duncan save the pre-immortal Catherine
Mary "Kate" Devaney from being held-up by bandits. (HLE)
the South China, Connor hears that Duncan is preparing to marry Kate Devaney.
He arrives in Ireland and tells his kinsman how the loss of Heather destroyed him. Unable to let fate decide Kate's future,
Duncan kills Kate on their wedding night to make her immortal.
MacLeod and Sunda Kastagir served in the Continental Army with George Washington
at Valley Forge. (HLN)
- 1783--As Adrian Montague, a drunken Connor MacLeod has a duel on Boston Commons with the lawyer Bassett,
whose wife he has insulted. Sunda Kastagir is his second. (HL, HLN)
- Europe 1786--Connor and Duncan have a run-in with Hugh Fitzcairn... something to do with "that Montague woman." (HLS#86)
- 18th Century--Connor and Thomas
Cavanaugh take ship to France where Connor woos the beautiful Isabelle
Tourez and gives her a ring to remember him by after Cavanaugh reminds him that a life with
a mortal leads only to grief. The two immortals fight their way out of the castle but are captured. Cavanaugh is guillotined and Connor takes his quickening. He is then able to escape. (HL3,
- 1793-94--Connor lends support to the French Revolution. He meets and woos Lady Sarah Barrington, the
English niece of a French noble. When Connor is sentenced to die on the guillotine by the king... she believes him
dead and marries another man. Connor's place on the guillotine is taken by his friend, the immortal Pierre
Bouchet, who is weary of immortal life. When Connor returns to Sarah, he does
not reveal himself to her when he sees that she has children and is happy. (HL3) NOTE: A
reference in Endgame indicates that Jacob Kell killed "that French
actress" at some point. Although Sarah was English, he may have thought she was French as she had a French family;
or it may have been someone else entirely. (HLE)
- 1796--As Adrian
Montague, Connor purchases the Hudson Street property in New York City that
will later house Nash Antiques. (HLN, HL)
- ca. 1800--Connor
runs across Kastagir in the West Indies. (HLN)
- 1804--While serving aboard the H.M.S. Victory, commanded by Admiral Nelson, Connor
MacLeod faces off with The Kurgan serving aboard a French vessel. Their fight is interupted when the mainmast falls
on the young Lt. Cavanaugh. Connor hesitates in his fight to save the boy. The Kurgan escapes by falling overboard and walking
across the sea bottom. He also takes with him Connor's Masamune katana.
1815-- Connor is with the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo. He may also have met and had dealings
with Napoleon. (HLN, HL3)
- 16 Jan 1819--Birth
of Hamilton Kopp who dies at birth. (HL, HLN)
Hudson Street property is transferred from Adrian Montague to Hamilton Kopp. Later transfers of the property are to Alfred
Burgess, Wallingford Benoit or Rupert Wallingford, and finally Russel Nash. (HL, HLN)
- Dry River, Texas, 1851-- Connor
and Duncan meet up with Sunda Kastagir who is having difficulty with a quickening.
- 1853--Connor is captain of the Rosemary when Duncan signs aboard. The ship sinks in a storm after another run-in with Khordas.
The log of the Rosemary is saved and will be shown in the second film. (EOF, HL2, HL)
- 1872--Traveling in the Pacific Northwest, Connor helps Duncan bury his Indian family and tries to console him for their loss. (HLS#1)
- 1879--Connor serves with the British Army in South Africa. While a prisoner of the Zulu following the
battle of Isandlwana, Connor meets up again with Sunda Kastagir who plays a joke
on him involving a fight to the death with an "Immortal" Zulu warrior. (HLN)
- November 1888--In
London, Connor runs across the immortal Jack, a serial killer butchering
women in the whitechapel District. He puts an end to Jack's activities. (HL3--original script/unfilmed scene)
- 1897--Connor takes the name David Carruthers and is captain
of a gun-runner. In Nantucket, Connor and Duncan finally deal with the pirate Khordas.
Ellenstein is born in Holland to Jewish parents. (HLE, timeline
- 1943--Connor rescues war orphan Rachel Ellenstein from the Nazis and adopts her, raising her
as his daughter. (HL) He serves in a unit with Sgt. W.W. Hicks who sees him die and revive during a Nazi
mortar attack. Hicks says nothing. (HLC#1)
- 22 Oct 1945--Russell
Edwin Nash is born at Mercy Hospital in Syracuse, NY to Karen Joan Nash. Both mother and child die soon after. Dr. Willis
B. Kadell is the physician. Russell was illegitimate.
graduates from high school. Connor keeps a photo of the two of them as a
- 1958--A certain Porsche,
later bought by Connor MacLeod, rolls off the assembly line. (HL)
New York. Connor drives Rachel to the airport. She's off to see Europe with her
lover, Richard. Just before Christmas, he is visited by an old pal from his army days in WWII. Sgt. Hicks suggests that
Connor needs to visit Berlin. Someone there is doing genetics experiments
in an attempt to create a super soldier... someone like Connor. (HLC#1)
while investigating the rumors of super soldiers, Connor meets immortals Tasya Desny and Paul Furio. Together
they travel covertly to the USSR where they investigate the rumors of super-soldiers and Connor comes
face-to-face with an old foe... the Kurgan. (HLC#2, #3, #4)
- January 12, 1964--Connor, Tasya Desny,
Paul Furio and Dr. Arman Volkov pursue the Kurgan and his super soldiers into Siberia. Connor and the Kurgan continue their battle in mid-air and on the ground after they revive
from the fall. The Kurgan is blown out of the building and vanishes beneath the ice. Connor returns
to New York City and to Rachel.
learns the Maamune katana is up for auction in Paris. Unfortunately the sword is bought by Toshiro Nakayama, who claims descent from Masamune. When Toshiro kills the brother of a woman
Connor is involved with, he goes to Japan to challenge Toshiro and reclaim the Masamune. He is unable to kill Toshiro at that
time, but manages to disarm him. After Toshiro kills Elizabeth, Connor takes Toshira's head. (HLWOS)
- July 1985--Using the name Russell Nash,
Connor operates an antique store on the Hudson Street property in New York City with Rachel as his business partner. The Kurgan comes to town. Believing they may be the last two... Connor and the Kurgan fight.
Connor wins. During this time period he also meets Brenda Wyatt whose interference in the final battle allows him to win.
After the battle, Connor and Brenda go to Scotland and marry. (HL, HLII)
- April 1986--London,
Connor and Brenda operate Nash Antiques. He is contacted by an old friend,
Tasya Desny and travels to Paris where he sees a man covered by Cyrillic tatoos
who warns that Russia will be razed and reborn. Shortly later, Connor hears of the nuclear accident at Chernobyl and makes
plans to go to Moscow. (HLC#0)
- 26 April 1986--Connor, Tasya Desny, Paul Furio, and mortal Doctor Arman Volkov fly to the USSR to investigate
the accident at Chernobyl. During the mission, Tasya kills Paul and Connor must take Tasya's head. Afterwarwards,
Connor returns to London and to Brenda. (HC#1, #2, #3, #4)
- 31 December 1986-1January 1987--While
at a New Years Eve party, in London, Connor and Brenda meet up with
Duncan . Brenda is injured in a traffic acciedent and Connor worries
about losing her. (HLC#5)
- February1987--Connor suffers from some fallout from killing the Kurgan and Duncan is there to help him. During this time period, Connor is kidnapped
by immortal Gordon Byrne and his associate Sakuro who hope to turn Connor
to evil. Duncan rescues him but another immortal, Kameke
Minoto dies. Duncan takes Connor to Hugh Fitzcairn, living on a boat in the Thames to work out his issues. Afterwards,
Connor deals with Byrne.
- "Six months later" Brenda
dies in a mysterious car crash... likely courtesy of Jacob Kell. Connor walks
away without a scratch. (HL3, HLE)
- 1987-1992*--Dates not exact. Connor moves to North
Africa, adopts John, and then realizes Kane and others are still alive. He returns
to New York to battle Kane. He also meets archeologist Dr. Alex Johnson who reminds
him of former lover Lady Sarah Barrington. When his katana blade is shattered in a battle with Kane,
Connor retreats to Scotland and to the forge near Glencoe where he once lived with Heather and where he first learned to blacksmith
under the tutelage of her father. Alex brings him a block of steel forged by Nakano. With it Connor re-forges a new katana.
After returning to America and defeating Kane, Connor, Alex and John return to Scotland... But there are signs that Connor
is not the last immortal. (HL3, HL3S, HLE, DVD timeline)
*Note: The onscreen date for the events of Highlander III is 1994, a time
later events say Connor was in Sanctuary.
1992--Connor comes to Seacouver to fight Slan Quince who
has killed someone Connor cared about (Alex? John? A student? A friend? Someone else?) He meets Duncan, Tessa, and the pre-immortal Richie Ryan.
He fails to kill Quince, but Duncan does. Afterwards, Connor warns Duncan that the boy Richie must be watched. He leaves.
Dec 1992--Connor calls Duncan in Paris (although Duncan was in Seacouver at that time) to meet him in New York.
While there, Rachel is killed in an explosion while a horrified Connor watches. Connor then vanishes. He may have had a brief
meeting with Methos. He voluntarily enters Sanctuary as a way of dealing with
his grief. While in Sanctuary the events of Highlander 2 may have been a drug-induced dream. (HLE)
2002--Connor is released from Sanctuary by Jacob Kell who finally reveals that he is the source of all the deaths around Connor and the
recent murders of all the mortals Connor has cared about over the centuries. Unable to beat Kell, Connor forces Duncan to take his head. Together they can defeat Kell. Duncan buries Connor's
remains in the Highlands next to Heather and Ramirez. (HLE)
Highlander: The Original Film (HL)
Highlander II: The Quickening (HL2)
Highlander II: The Renegade Version (HL2R)
Highlander III: The Final Dimension (HL3)
Highlander III: The Sorceror (HL3S)
Highlander III, the original, unfilmed script (HL3, original script)
Highlander: The Original Series (HLS)
Highlander: Endgame (HLE)
Highlander: The Novelization by Garry Douglass (HLN)
Highlander: Element of Fire by Jason Henderson (EOF)
Highlander Comic Book Series by Brandon Jerwa (HLC)
Highlander Comic Mini-Series Way of the Sword by J. T. Krul (HLWOS)