Debra Campbell was the childhood sweetheart of Duncan MacLeod.
When Duncan spoke to her father about courting her, he refused. Debra was to marry Duncan's cousin and best friend Robert MacLeod. Duncan protested, seeking exception from Ian and the Campbells, but could do nothing.
Mournfully, he presented Debra with a farewell gift: a silver bracelet. When Robert found out, he was incensed, and challenged Duncan into a duel, and died at the hands of his horrified kinsman.
After Robert's death, Duncan refused to marry Debra because of the guilt he felt at a killing a friend and clansmen. Deeply upset, Debra fled to a secret childhood hiding place atop a nearby cliff, and threatened to jump.
Duncan promised to marry her to talk her out of jumping. But as she reached for Duncan's hand, the cliff edge crumbled, the ground gave way, and she fell to her death.
Because the church ruled her death a suicide, Duncan was forced to bury Debra in an unconsecrated grave, and her name was never recorded in the local burial records, making it difficult to find when he looked for it 400 years later.
Duncan buried the bracelet with her.
- "I will marry him if I must, Duncan, but please do not leave me. I have to see you, even if it's only across the village."