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Steel, Sir James, baronet (1829–1904), builder and property developer, was born on 13 March 1829 at Buchts, Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, the fifth of nine children of a Lanarkshire tenant farmer, James Steel (1792–1862), and Marion Reid. Apprenticed as a mason in Wishaw, by the 1850s he had developed his own successful building firm there and served on the ...