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Mr Steel, Covenanter in the reign of Charles II, grandfather of Helen Steel.

Owing to complete lack of information regarding the Black who became a minister, and the fact that his elder brother had no male issue, it is necessary to reckon line of descent through John, second Liltie-co-kee son, who represents the second generation of Breich Water Blacks. His wife was Helen Steel, of Turnhigh, her grandfather having. been a proscribed Covenanter in the reign of Charles II.

Regarding Mr Steel, it is told that on one occasion, having come from a hiding place in the adjoining moors to visit his household for a short time, he was rudely interrupted, while reading from his Bible, by the approach of armed soldiers in search of him.

With his Bible in hand, he went hastily by the usual inside passage to the byre. Seeing some newly-cut grass placed in readiness for feeding the cows, he lay down beside it, and was promptly covered over by one of his family.

When the persecuting soldiers had searched the dwelling, they gave attention to the out-houses, and, coming to the heap of grass, one of the number actually pierced it with his sword. The on-looking relatives silently trembled lest the husband and father should be wounded, or mayhap killed outright, but no sound came from under the grass.

The troopers departed, and, when well away, the grass was removed, and Mr Steel was found unscathed. On lying down with Bible in hand, he had placed it over his heart, and the sword-point was stayed by the Sacred Book.

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