William was born shortly after his parents were married. Brian and Ellen had stolen away from Castle Leoch during the Gathering, and hid out in a crofter's cottage on the edge of the Fraser lands. They had decided that the only way forward was to get pregnant as soon as possible, so as to leave Ellen's older brothers, Colum and Dougal, no choice but to accept their union.
At age eleven, William died of smallpox.
Events of the NovelsEdit
- William carved a small snake out of cherrywood for his brother Jamie's fifth birthday. He inscribed the name "Sawny" on the snake underside, this being his nickname for Jamie.