BORN in the parish of Durrisdeer, Dumfriesshire, 30th December, 1848, but brought up in Irvine, Ayrshire, to which town his parents belonged, Dr. Kidd received his education at Irvine Academy, and for some years was engaged in commercial life, first in the Union Bank, Irvine, and afterwards in the office of an East India merchant. In November, 1872, however, he entered the University of Glasgow with the view of studying for the ministry, and five years later took the degree of M.A. with first-class honours in philosophy. After three sessions at the United Presbyterian Divinity Hall he also took the degree of B.D. at Glasgow. On 24th November in the same year, 1880, he was ordained minister of the U.P. Church at St. Andrews, and eight years later was transferred to Erskine Church, Glasgow. In 1891 he was appointed Kerr Lecturer, and in terms of that appointment delivered a course of lectures to the students attending the U.P. Divinity Hall, on the subject of "Morality and Religion." As required by the deed of foundation, the lectures were published in the following year. In 1895 the degree of D.D. was conferred upon him by Glasgow University. Dr. Kidd has been a member of several of the standing committees of the U.P. and U.F. Churches, and was convener of the College Committee, first of the U.P. and afterwards of the U.F. Church.

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