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Andrew Kidd Esq

An architect who practised mainly in Angus and Dundee, apart from a stint as Peterhead School Board architect, for forty years. His father had been a builder in Tayport. Baxter Park pavilion remains as a tribute to his skill.

Subscription value in 1863:

£20

Relative to inflation up to 2019:

£2000

Relative to income compared to 2019:

£16000

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Personal details and history

Full name

Andrew Kidd

Date of birth

02-11-1828[1]

Place of birth

Ferry Port-on-Craig, Fife[1]

Gender

Male

Marital status

Married 21-03-1865, Dundee[2]

Name of spouse

Isabella Jane Hunter[2]

Children

None

Home address

Castle Street, Ferry Port-on-Craig, c.1841.[3]
16 South Lindsay Street, Dundee, c.1861-1862[4][5]
2 Panmure Street, Dundee, c.1864-1865.[6]
Albert Court, Nethergate, Dundee, c.1867-1868.[7]
Fern Bank, Logie Den, c.1869-1871.[8][9]
19 Bain Square, Dundee, c.1880-1881.[10]
Linden Cottage, Dunnichen, Angus, c.1901.[11]

Age at death:

Place of death:

Whitehills, Forfar[12]

Date of death:

03-05-1905[12]

Buried:

Western Cemetery Dundee[13]

Affiliations, clubs, offices and related subscribers

Religious affiliation

United Presbyterian Church

Political affiliation

Unknown

Clubs / societies

Director, Equitable Property Investment Society of Dundee, c.1864-1870.[14]

Public offices

None known

Related subscribers

Subscriber no.29 – Sir David Baxter – Kidd acted as architect for various elements of Baxter Park.

Career and worklife

Occupation

Architect[15]

Employment

Self Employed

Place of work

Architect's Office

Work address

34 Meadow Street/Meadowside, Dundee, c.1861-1865.[16]
35 Meadowside, Dundee, c.1867-1868.[7]
33 Meadowside, Dundee, c.1869-1870.[8]
19 Bain Square, Dundee, c.1880-1881.[17]
62 Commercial Street, Dundee, c.1884-1886.[18]
9 Whitehall Street, Dundee, c.1886-1887.[19]
19A Albert Square, Dundee, c.1887-1893.[20]

Career to date:

Nothing is yet known about Andrew Kidd's training as an architect, but he may have served his apprenticehip with his father, who was a builder. He practised in Angus in the 1850s and 1860s, acting as Clerk of Works for David Bryce on the reconstruction of Kinnaird Castle. In 1859 he also designed the United Presbyterian Church in Brechin. By 1861 he was practising as an architect in Dundee and living as a lodger in South Lindsay Street along with 60 year old Mary Edwards and 28 year old grocer, John Clark.[4] He worked on the layout of Baxter Park, the pavilion and north lodge and was responsible for the boundary walls, superintending the whole work, including receiving estimates for the construction of the lodge, superintending the construction of the platform and arches erected for the opening. Also assisted Frank Richmond in the decorations of the pavilion and park (with Mr Fairweather). In 1865, he married Isabella Jane Hunter, who had been born in New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire. He moved to Fern Bank Villa, Lochee Road, Dundee with Isabella.[9]

More information

Andrew Kidd (or Kydd or Kyde) was born about 1828 in Ferryport-on-Craig,[4] the son of John Kyde builder and his wife Isobella Whyte.[1][15]

In the later 1860s, Andrew produced plans for new fish and meat markets, and was the architect of houses in Lochee, Logie Den and Peddie Street.[15] He also designed Dudhope Free Church in 1871,[15] a building that was later converted for use as Dundee Repertory Theatre. Isabella Jane Hunter, Andrew’s wife, had close relatives in Peterhead and it was almost certainly through these connections that Kidd obtained work there. He was proposed as Peterhead School Board Architect in 1873 and designed several buildings there around 1876.[15] In 1880, Kidd and his sisters challenged their father’s will as they claimed his wife had taken advantage of the old man’s state of mind in order to have the will written in her favour. However they were not successful.[15]

Andrew Kidd returned to Dundee about 1880 to resume his practice there but had given up his office by 1894. His last known job in Dundee was renewing the decoration of the Gilfillan Memorial Church in Whitehall Crescent.[15]

By 1901, he was described as retired and was living at Linden Cottage, Dunnichen, Angus.[15] He died at Woodlands Terrace, Whitehills, Forfar[21] in 1905, aged 76.[12]

 

Sources

  1. Old Parish Records. Ferry Port-on-Craig, Fife. Birth. 2 November 1828. 429/30 46. ScotlandsPeople website.
  2. Statutory Registers. Dundee First District. Marriage. 21 March 1865. 282/1 125. ScotlandsPeople website.
  3. 1841 Census Scotland. Ferry Port-on-Craig, Fife. 429 ED1 p.3. Ancestry website.
  4. 1861 Census Scotland. Dundee. 282 ED26 p.2. ScotlandsPeople website.
  5. Dundee Directory, 1861-62. Local Studies, central Library, Dundee.
  6. Dundee Directory, 1864-65. Local Studies, central Library, Dundee.
  7. Dundee Directory, 1867-68. Local Studies, central Library, Dundee.
  8. Dundee Directory, 1869-70. Local Studies, central Library, Dundee.
  9. 1871 Census Scotland. St. Mary, Dundee. 282/2 ED7 p.12. ScotlandsPeople website.
  10. 1881 Census Scotland. St. Andrew, Dundee. 282/4 ED12 p.37. Ancestry website.
  11. 1901 Census Scotland. Dunnichen. 283 ED3 p.2. Ancestry website.
  12. Statutory Registers. Forfar. Death. 3 May 1905. 288/A 69.  ScotlandsPeople website.
  13. Dundee Courier, 5 May 1905. Death Notice. British Newspaper Archive website.
  14. Dundee Directories, 1864-1870. Local Studies, central Library, Dundee.
  15. Architect Biography Report. Dictionary of Scottish Architects website.
  16. Dundee Directories, 1861-1865. Local Studies, central Library, Dundee.
  17. Dundee Directory, 1880-81. Local Studies, central Library, Dundee.
  18. Dundee Directories, 1884-1886. Local Studies, central Library, Dundee.
  19. Dundee Directory, 1886-87. Local Studies, central Library, Dundee.
  20. Dundee Directories, 1887-1893. Local Studies, central Library, Dundee.
  21. Wills and Testaments. Forfar Sheriff Court. 20 June 1905. SC47/40/73. ScotlandsPeople website.

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