Location: Summer St Aberdeen, Scotland
When people settled further away from established churches and found travelling for services to be difficult, the established churches set up 'satellite' churches known as Chapels of Ease. One of these was attached to St Machar's (Church of Scotland) Cathedral, and was known as the Gillcomston Chapel of Ease, a satelite chapel of St Machar's Church, and located in what was originally the township of Gillcomston.
For 34 years the congregation of the Chapel was ministered to by Prof. James Kidd. Kidd was the Professor of Oriental Languages at Marischal College and was affectionately known as 'Rabbi. Probably because of his influence, the stained glass window at the rear of the church features a large Star of David in its centre.
The chapel is now the Hebron Evangelical church, and Gillcomston is an inner suburb of Aberdeen. Prof Kidd's name was given to a local lane, and his bust remains in the foyer of the Hebron Evangelical Church.
Some birth and baptism certificates that are recorded as being from St Machar's Church are, in fact, from the Gillcomston Chapel of Ease. If they are signed by Prof James Kidd this is certainly the case, which could assist genealoagists in better locating people.
Croll-284 03:30, 3 February 2021 (UTC)
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