I now take upon myself the task of writing the occurrences of myself & family
William Lodge Kidd, M.D. Armagh.
1816 Sept. 3 I was married in the Parish church of Tandragee Co. Armagh, by Rev. Leslie Creery, to Sarah, eldest daughter of Alex. Patton M.D. of Tandragee to whom I served a part of my apprenticeship as a surgeon.
1791 May 8th My wife Sarah Patton, the eldest child of the above name Dr Patton and Amy (Morton) his wife was born at Tandragee
1818 Soon after my marriage I commenced the practice of medicine in Armagh, but wishing to complete my studies & have a Doctors Certificate, I left it in less than a year, & went with my wife to Edinburgh.
1818 March 4. Alexander Patton our first child was born in Edinburgh 29 Richmond St. & was baptized by Rev. C. Feriott in St Peter’s (Episcopal) Church, Easter Monday, March 23
1818 The Earl of Gosford gave me a commission as Surgeon of the Armagh Militia, the Staff of which being quartered at Market Hill, I came over to Ireland to join it, but shortly after returned to Edinburgh (leaving my wife & child in Tandragee) where I remained till 1st August when I received my Degree of M.D. and at once returned to Ireland, & commenced practice as a Physician in a house on Vicars Hill in Armagh.
1819 Jessie Anne our second child was born in Vicar’s Hill, June 16th Wed. & baptized in the house by Rev. William Ball.
1820 Sarah, our third child was born in Vicar’s Hill on Sept. 28th & was baptized by Rev. W. Ball, Rector of Dungannon.
1822 May. I removed from Vicars hill, to a house in Up. English St, No. 10, opposite the Touting? Rooms a little lower down
1822 Anne Parker our fourth child was born in 70 Up. English St & was baptized by Rev. R. Alcott, one of the Vicars Choral of the Cathedral, Feb. 7th Tues. she died Dec. 4th at 9 months
1822 Alexander Patton our dear first child died Dec. 20th aged 4 years 9 months, 16 days, a most promising sweet child.
1823 Catherine Maria, our fifth child, died at Warrenpoint July 9th aged 2 years 5 days
1826 William Archibald , our seventh child was born July 9th baptized by Rev. C.S. Mangan.
1828 Catherine our eighth child was born at no. 70 Eng. St, & May 18th was baptized by Rev. Miller.
1829 Alexander Patton, our ninth child born Sept. 1, baptized by Rev. Mangan.
1830 Alexander Patton died aged 8 months, 3 days
1831 Sarah my dearly beloved wife died April 6th was buried beside our children in the little Church. Nearly 20 years we lived together in a state of the most perfect love and happiness. Alas how brief is the happiness of man, She exhibited the most lovely pattern of profound devotion to God, and lived and died full of faith in her Blessed Redeemer. “Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.”
1835 January 22nd I was again married in St Patricks Cathedral Church of Armagh, by the Rev. J.E. Jackson, Dean of the Cathedral, to Margaret widow of the late Colonel Charles Waller of the Royal Artillery. My wife having five children of Col. Waller’s, & I five, it required a larger house than mine in English St. to accommodate us, & she living in one of the houses recently built in Charlemont Place (No 2) at the Mall, I with my family removed to it and disposed of my old house in Up. English St.
1834 Richard Francis First child of William & Margaret born at No 2 Charlemont Place, & was baptized in St Marks by Rev. Robert Miller, Whit Sunday May 8th.
1834 The Tenure of my house in No 2 Charlemont Place in Nov. being nearly expired & wishing to have a permanent residence for my family, I purchased from Mr John Barnes the house No 1, next door to my former dwelling and removed to it at above term.
1835 Mrs Elizabeth Kidd widow of my uncle William Kidd (Big William) formerly of Keady, died, she was a very old woman, and the last of that generation, she was buried in the New Presbyterian Meeting House Green at Keady, Jan. 18th 1836
1835 Margaret Wilhelmina, our second child was born at No 1, the Mall, baptized in St Marks by Rev. Edward Ofle? Disney, senior Curate of the Parish.
1837 Frederick Arthur our third child born at No 1 Charlemont Place, being very weak & not likely to live was privately baptized by Rev. E. Disney, & on 3rd May was fully received into the Church his sponsors being William Paton, Sovereign of Armagh, & W. Algeo.
1838 Sarah, my very dear second daughter died full of Faith and Hope in the Lord, and was buried beside her beloved mother in St Marks Church, and aged 18 years.
1839 Jan. 22nd Frederick Arthur died aged 14 months 21 days, & was buried in St Marks Jan. 24th
1839 Robert Kidd of Keady died aged 54. He was the son of my Uncle William who died 1814, he never married.
1839 My eldest daughter Jessie Anne was married by the very Rev. Dean of Armagh, Dr Jackson in St Marks to William Mathew, Chief Constable of Police stationed in Armagh.
1839 May 6th Monday at 6.15 a.m. my fourth child was born at No 1 Charlemont Place, the Mall Armagh and on Friday June 28th was baptized Archibald Napier in St Mark’s Church by the Rev. Colin Ivers, second curate of Parish. His sponsors were Colonel and Mrs Napier of the staff here, and Mrs Skipsey Saunders of Devonport.
1840 Feb. 8th James Kidd late of Keady and of Millmount died of Apoplexy at the house of his brother Hugh in Newry, he was the son of my fathers eldest brother James of Millmount, buried at Keady... he was the youngest son of my father’s eldest brother James of Millmount married Eliza daughter of Thomas McKinistry of Keady he leaves five sons & one daughter, he was buried in family place St Marks, aged 55 (account of the accident elsewhere)
1845 Alicia wife of Samuel Kidd of Dundrum died Jan. 7th she was the daughter of Patrick Robinson, linen bleacher of Dundrum aged 55.
1846 Elizabeth Abbot, my very dearly beloved daughter died March 9th aged 21, she was very dear to me, but still more dear to Her Heavenly Father, buried St Marks
1845 Eliza Jane Prentice, my only surviving sister, died at the house of her son, J.G. Prentice, Seven Houses, having one son, his daughters, Catherine & Georgina.
1846 William Kidd son of John Kidd, died at Gisborne, Dundrum, June 17th, he was eldest son of my great grandfather by his first wife (I believe her name was Young), therefore the step brother of my Father, & of my other Uncles. He was married to A. Watson, he leaves 3 sons, 3 daughters Watson married William D. Archibald remained single. His three daughters are married, one the widow of Josiah Kidd. William Kidd was a farmer to a very respectable extent. His death leaves me the eldest of my numerous relations.
William Lodge Kidd, M.D. Edinb. F.R.C.S.I. passed away at his residence, No. 1 Charlemont Place, April 5th aged 66 years, & was laid to rest in the family vault in St Marks Churchyard. It was said of him that “Doctor Kidd never said ‘No’ to a poor man’s request”.
Extract from obituary notices Belfast, Armagh papers.
There is a white marble tablet in the wall of St Marks Church near the East End, with the arms of the Kidds, erected by his friends with the following inscription.
In remembrance of
William Lodge Kidd, M.D.
for 34 years an inhabitant of this city,
To which his professional skill was a blessing,
And his whole life a bright example.
This record is placed by a number of his friends,
Who loved and honoured him, the man beneficent, just & true
The mind highly sifted & stored with knowledge,
The faithful Christian.
He was taken to his rest on the 2nd April, 1851, aged 66 years.
A large silver salter suitably inscribed, was presented to him by the inhabitants poor & otherwise of Armagh, as he attended them gratis, during an outbreak of fever. This now in the possession of his grandson Major A.W.L. Kidd, of Guildford. (1937)
A window was erected by his friends in the S.W. Side of St Patricks Cathedral, Armagh, To the Memory of William Lodge Kidd.
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