Category Archives: UK-Scotland-South

South Scotland-Steeles and related families.

David Livingstone 1813-1873

David Livingstone was born in Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland, a location close to many Steeles. A close friend and travel companion was Sir Thomas Steele, who rose to the rank of Full General and Colonel in the Coldstream Guards, in his … Continue reading

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Battle of Bothwell Bridge

At least four Steel’s were involved at this battle (David, John, Robert, and William), just 2.4 miles from where, 134 years later, David Livingstone would be born. Common locations included: Skellyhill, Waterhead, Steel’s Seat, Steel’s Cross, Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, Logan water, … Continue reading

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Thomas Steele 1820-1890

Steele, Sir Thomas Montague (1820-1890) “proved a very constant friend” to David Livingstone, who was born across the river from Bothwell. Accompanied Livingstone in 1843 to Africa. He was the eldest son of Major-General Thomas Steele. His military career spanned … Continue reading

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Sir David Steel– How my father changed history

From http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/features/3633208/How-my-father-changed-history.html– Maureen Paton 12:01 AM BST 02 Jul 2007 Sir David Steel talks to Maureen Paton about the church minister seen as a dangerous subversive for speaking out against Britain’s brutal suppression of the Mau Mau revolt. It’s an … Continue reading

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The Very Rev David Steel on the Mau Mau Rebellion

The Very Reverend David Steel was the founder of the colonial St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church of Nairobi, Kenya. He was most outspoken against the heavy-handed suppression of the Mau Mau Rebellion of the 1950’s. Here is an excerpt from http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2695/4338238071_bb489814c0_d.jpg: … Continue reading

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Bill of Forfeiture, 1681

In the late 1600’s, the Covenanters, wanted control of their native Scotland, and to be free of English rule. After the Battle of Bothwell Bridge in 1681, King Charles issued a decree… Bill of Forfeiture Acta, January 1681-August 1682, fol. 283, … Continue reading

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TRUE STEEL, 1686

There are at least three  accounts of the story of David Steel. Below is a one act, stage interpretation of David Steel’s martyrdom at Nether Skellyhill farm, written by Robert S. McLeish. While the historical fact is that the closing scene … Continue reading

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