Order with this ReferenceMMS/Special Series/Biographical/West Indies/Box 1214
Ref NoMMS/17/02/02/19
TitleRev Thomas Herbert Kidd
Date(s) of Creation1879-1936
Level of DescriptionSub-Sub-Series
Extent26 items
Administrative & Biographical HistoryThomas Herbert Kidd was born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, on 7 February 1870 and was privately educated. He trained for the ministry at Didsbury College and his first ministerial appointment was for the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society in their Honduras District in 1894. He joined one of only two West Indies Districts under London's supervision as the other districts of the West Indies had formed their own connexion in 1885 (which continued until 1904). Kidd was initially posted to Ruatan [Roatán] in Spanish Honduras [Honduras] but the rest of his service in the district was in British Honduras [Belize] and principally in the city of Belize itself. Throughout his tenure he was known for his criticism of the Roman Catholic Church.

In 1901 Kidd returned to England and served in home circuits including in the Midlands and Yorkshire as well as a period (1904-1907) on the island of Guernsey. He began his last ministry in Stafford in 1932 and became a supernumerary in 1936 residing in Wolverhampton, Warwickshire. Kidd died on 6 April 1958 leaving a wife (Marian Ada) and two children.
Held at:SOAS University of London
Source of AcquisitionGift, accepted on behalf of the Methodist Church, from Canon John N Greaves of Bucknell, Salop, May 2006
DescriptionBundle of correspondence regarding Kidd's appointment as a missionary and arrangements for his travel to the Honduras District, July-September 1894.
Small bundle of miscellaneous letters received by Kidd, 1897-1917.
Sermons by Kidd on 'The Conviction of the Spirit', 1892, and 'Prayer in Gethsemane', [18]95.
Certificate (1906) of his baptism (20 March 1870).
Copy of an extract from the will of B Smith, 10 July 1888, leaving his grandson (Kidd) furniture and personal effects.
War saving certificate for £130, 6 February 1917.
Savings account book, 1879-1888.
Bank account book, 1932-1936.
2 editions of 'The Monthly: The Organ of the Channel Islands Wesleyan Methodist Church' for February and March 1905. The February edition has an image of Kidd on the front cover.
Access StatusTemporarily Closed
CopyrightVarious copyrights
Conditions Governing ReproductionFor permission to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library in the first instance
Language(s) of MaterialEnglish
Script(s) of MaterialLatin
Related MaterialAlso within the records of the (Wesleyan) Methodist Missionary Society is the official correspondence for Thomas Kidd (MMS/West Indies/Correspondence/FBN 45). Furthermore, the synod minutes will detail his work, and that of his colleagues, in the Honduras District (MMS/West Indies/Synod Minutes/FBN 8).
Access Points - Person, Corporate & Family Names
Name CodePerson, Corporate or Family NameType of Entity
GB/SOASNAF/P1843Kidd; Thomas Herbert (1870-1958); Ordained missionaryPerson
Access Points - Places
Place CodePlace Name
7729891Caribbean
3608932Honduras
3582678Belize
2635167United Kingdom
3042400Channel Islands
6255148Europe
6255149North America
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