A popular account of a remarkable Ulsterman who has been almost unknown in his native land.
James Kidd was born in Loughbrickland in 1761, and brought up in Broughshane. Largely self-taught he became a schoolmaster while cherishing the hope of entering the Christian ministry. He emigrated to America where he was able to do some preliminary study but returned to Edinburgh to take the course of study for the ministry of the Church of Scotland. He was appointed to the Chair of Oriental Languages in Marischal College, Aberdeen. He also completed his studies for the ministry and was ordained as minister of Gilcolmston Old in 1801.
A real eccentric and an uncompromising evangelical, Kidd began his ministry in the hey-day of moderatism. So great was his influence that he played a significant part in changing the theological climate of the city and in educating and shaping the thinking of many of its citizens. He was also a significant author, writing important works on the Trinity and the eternal sonship of Christ. Kidd died while in active service in 1834.