Connor MacLeod was born in the year 1518 'in the village of Glenfinnan on the shores of Loch Shiel'. In 1536, his clan was in conflict with the rival Clan Fraser, and Connor rode along into his first battle. The Frasers had employed a towering monster of an Immortal only known as The Kurgan, who apparently recognized that Connor was a fellow Immortal, though even Connor had not discovered this yet. The Kurgan managed to mortally wound Connor in battle, but the MacLeods recovered the body before he could decapitate it. The MacLeods mourned Connor, but he revived shortly after his 'death.' Accusing him of witchcraft, Connor's clansmen beat him, and were preparing an execution when his cousin Angus MacLeod persuaded them to exile Connor instead. He managed to escape with his life, but torn from his clan and birthplace.