Category Archives: Covenanter War

Covenanter “Killing Times” 1670-1679, and 1637-1688 from the reading of the National Covenant in St Giles’ in 1637, until 1688, when William of Orange, and ‘The Glorious Revolution’ ensured the freedom of speech and religion that the Covenanters had longed for.

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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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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David Steel of Lesmahagow

Warren Steel teaches music and southern culture at the University of Mississippi. Repeated below is some of the information he has collected on The Steels of Lesmahagow, from  the Rev. Charles Thomson. “The following anecdotes are from a manuscript history of the … Continue reading

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Blair Castle has been continuously occupied for nearly 750 years, and is the most visited residence in Scotland. Many participated in the Covenanters movement of the mid-1500’s, the Hearts of Steel Rebellion (aka Ulster Land War of 1769-1772) and the … Continue reading

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