Looking for Kidds or Kydds of Pittenweem, Scotland
I believe an ancestor of my husband's, James Kidd/Kydd came from Pittenweem, Scotland. He was a gardener from Fifeshire, Scotland who became Superintendent of Sydney Botanic Gardens, Australia.
He was convicted of forgery of a one pound note and transported to Sydney, Australia in 1830 aboard the Burrell. He had a wife Mary Ross and several children who followed him out to Sydney, Australia three years later aboard the Drummore, from Leith, Scotland, via Van Diemans Land. I have found baptism records of three children, John, Alexander and George from St Andrews and St Leonards, Fife. I found records of another daughter Mary Ann who was baptised in Dundee, Scotland, on 21 Jun 1829, by Rev. Wm Browne, who was also mentioned in documents in Sydney. I did find a James Kidd who was baptised in St Andrews and St Leonards in 1800, the son of John Kidd and Elspeth Edie. However I have found a Botanical Garden journal in Australia stating that his birth date was 1 Aug 1801. I then found a Baptism from Pittenweem stating that a James Kidd was born on 1 Aug 1800 and his parents were John Kidd/Kydd and Robina Cupar. The journal in Australia might have his year date wrong, but it is intriguing that his birthday was correctly recorded. I am thinking that this might be 'our' James Kidd from Pittenweem. Pittenweem is only a small coastal village in Fife, and I thought it might be interesting to try and trace his Scottish family. Mary Ross died shortly after her arrival and James remarried a few years later to Mary Ann Must. They are buried in historic Camperdown Cemetery in Sydney.
I wondered also if there were old newspapers from Fifeshire or Perthshire that might have recorded his crime? He was convicted on 14 April 1830 in Perthshire.
I have recorded documentation regarding all the above information, plus much more.