Ian MacLeod was the chieftain of the Clan MacLeod. He was the father of the Immortal, Duncan MacLeod. Ian arranged for the newborn Duncan, a foundling, to be given to his wife Mary to replace the stillborn son she had delivered.
Ian raised Duncan to be his successor, keeping his origins secret from all but his wife. In 1624, during a dispute with the Clan Campbell, Duncan was brought home, fatally wounded in battle, and died in front of Ian.Moments later Duncan reawakened with his wounds completely healed. Because Ian believed his resurrection was a sign of witchcraft, he cast his son out from his clan.
Ian was later killed by Kanwulf in one of his raids. Kanwulf said he fought well for an old man.
- "You'll no walk away from this! Not while I live. The challenge is made. No MacLeod could turn his back on such words."
- "It is finished. Honor is satisfied." He looks down at Duncan. "'Tis a hard thing to face. But I raised you to lead this clan, and to bear this sword after me, no matter the cost."