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The origin and spread of the family name Kidd in Northwest Yorkshire, England, 1300 to 1800
Most Kidds beween 1500 and 1800 lived in Giggleswick Parish, next comes Linton-in-Craven then Thornton-in-Lonsdale

Ancient Root of Kidds of Craven

What is the ancient root of the Kidds of Craven? Y-DNA matching is the only way to find out yet too few Kidds have been tested. If you think you are a Kidd of Craven why don’t you join us?

One Y-DNA of line is R1a1a1-RM417.
Another Kidd is R1b1a2-RM269.
What is yours? Let us know.

Wikipedia Craven
Craven is a great valley that cuts through the mountainous "spine" of England. Historically it was a much bigger district, including areas now in Lancashire and Cumbria.

In 1379 most Kidds lived near Giggleswick parish, but my closest matches lived in Slaidburn, Radholme and Waddington.

The R1a1a1-RM417 line

In the 14th century their closest matches slived in Bashall Eaves, Grindleton and Slaidburn. A surprise is the matches were called by three different names. Which proves their common ancestor lived a before 1377, because in 1377 the first government Tax Collector invented second names to make sure everyone over 14 got taxed.

The three Y-DNA relatives have Anglo-Norse surnames that mean kindling, burning and gleaming. That suggests their common ancestors was well known by something to do with fire, perhaps:
1. fiery occupation; for example farmers of land cleared by fire; swordsmiths; suppliers of fuel kindling and torches
2. fiery characteristics; for example very red hair or being hot-headed.
3. fiery gods, for example invoking Thor.
Norse settled here about 900 AD.

The R1b1a2-RM269 line

in NW England R1b1a2-RM269 has a frequency as high as 90%. It is the Neolithic line so these been living here since around 4500 BC.

KIDDS IN 1379

In 1377 the tax collectors found only five Kyd' households in the whole of Craven. All paid fourpence tax: the lowest rate.

  Thomas Kyd' & Wife of Ingleton
  Willelmus Kyd' & Wife of Clapham
Mariota Kyd' unmarried woman of Clapham
  Willelmus Kyd' & Wife of Giggleswick
  Simon Kyd' & Wife of Settle
  Robert Kyder & Wife of Gisburn

1672 Hearth Tax of Craven

The next census of England started in 1662 when Parliament ordered taxes to support King Charles II. These were collected twice a year from everybody with a fireplace. It was most unpopular and was repealed in 1689. The 20th register has been transcribed by Roehampton University, that is for 1672. Click here to read.

By now the scribes had decided to spell the name the modern way. In Craven the name had spread not more than a few miles, except for four adventurers: John went far north to Kirkby Stephen; Thomas east to Ripon and another to near Harrogate; another John southwest to near Clitheroe and Robert far south near Wakefield (see map below)

Kidds Hearths of northwest Yorkshire

WAPENTAKES OF STAINCLIFFE AND EWECROSS

NEAR SETTLE
   Widow Kidd of Langcliffe
  John, and another John Kidd of Settle  
  Thomas Kidd of Settle  
  Robert Kidd of Settle   
  Thomas Kidd of Long Preston
NEAR CLITHEROE
John Kidd of Bashall
MALHAM, AIREDALE
  Abraham Kidd of Kirkby Malham
  Cuthbert Kidd of Kirkby Malham
UPPER WHARFEDALE
  John Kidd of Arncliffe
  Tho. Kidd of Kettlewell
NEAR GRASSINGTON
   Thomas Kidd of Grassington
  William, and another William Kidd of Hebden
  Robert Kidd of Hebden  
  Thomas Kidd of Threshfield
BURNSALL
  John Kidd of Hartlington
  Thomas Kidd of Burnsall 
  Francis Kidd of Appletreewick
  Thomas Kidd of Hetton with Bordley

1672

Compare this 1672 map with the previous of 1377 and see how the Kidds had grown to twenty families as they moved east. This movement suggests they came from the Irish sea. Indeed Norwegian Viking settlers had come that way in the C9th. But I have not yet been able to get 1672 Lancashire records. You can check hearthtax.org.uk to see if they've got Lancashire completed yet.
There were also a few Kidds in surrounding areas:
WAPENTAKE OF CLARO
  Richard Kidd of  Stonebeck Upper [Midlesmoor, Niddersdale]
  Thomas Kidd of Kirkby Malzeard [Ripon]
  Thomas Kidd of Hampsthwaite [near Harrogate]
WAPENTAKE OF ABRIGG AND MORLEY
Robert Kidd of Ossett [near Wakefield, Calderdale]
WESTMORLAND
  Jo. Kidd 4 of Church Brough [North of Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria]
  Geo. Kids 1 of Winton, Kirkby Stephen
  Wm. Kidner 4 of Kendal Highgate [Kendal]

It must be empahasised that not everybody was on these tax lists. The poor were often unlisted. For example there were Kidds in Ingleton and Clapham both before and after this survey so it seems they just didn't own a hearth in 1672.


The Parish Registers 1672 to 1800

In 1538 Henry VIII's Vicar General ordered that each parish priest must keep a book of baptisms, marriages and burials. And from 1598 added that these kept in 'great decent books of parchment' and earlier records be copied-in.

However many had become illegible. And in 1643-1660 under Cromwell many books were destroyed or hidden and are now missing.

For first name abbreviations click here.

PARISHES

A parish is a territory under the care of one parish priest from a central parish church. It often covers the same area as the manor, under the jurisdiction of the Lord, from which the parish may have derived its existence.

In each arose a varying number of Townships some having their own "chapel of ease", meaning it was easier to get there. In early times the ceremonies of baptism, marriage and burial were only permited in the parish church but later these were performed in the Chapelries.

Parishes were modified and consolidated over time but maps can be found showing the older ones. To search for a parish on an interactive map use familysearch.org

Map of the ancent Wapentakes

Map of Arch-deanery of Craven in 2010

DEANERIES

Political census were made on the Wapaentake system but the churches used the Deanery system. The two outlines do not coincide, and indeed have varied through the centuries noticeably with the Lancashire-Yorshire county boundary.


DEANERY OF EWECROSS

THE PARISH OF SEDBURGH

Zero Kidds registered between 1594 and 1843


THE PARISH OF THORNTON IN LONSDALE
Townships: Thornton-in-Lonsdale, Burton in Lonsdale

There are about 50 entries of Kidd births and marriages between 1538 and 1800
Data mostly from freepages.genealogy.rootswebancestry.com


THE PARISH OF LOW BENTHAM
Townships: Ingleton, Bentham
Ingleton register starts 1607

There are 16 entries of Kidd births and deaths between 1607 and 1800.
Marriage records should be available soon           
Data from ingleborougharchaeology.org.uk
  


THE PARISH OF HORTON IN RIBBLESDALE
Townships: none

19 Kidd entries
between 1578 and 1800
Data from freepages.genealogy.rootswebancestry.com


THE PARISH OF CLAPHAM
Townships: Clapham, Newby, Austwick
This register becomes legible in 1595 but no Kidds till 1679

There are 36 Kidd entries in Clapham register between 1679 and 1800
Data from YorkshireParishRegisters.com

            

                  
               
The ancient west end of Craven. Four parishes on the left are in Lancashire, those five on the right in Yorkshire.

                

                 

 

Kidds may have existed in areas when none were listed. It has been estimated 5% of children were not baptised purely because all church services cost money.

              

CRAVEN IN LANCASHIRE

The Domesday Book recorded that the west end of Craven included some area that are now in Lancashire. For more details see British History Online or Genuki.org LAN or Online Parish Clerks of Lancashire

THE PARISH OF KIRKBY LONSDALE

1549 b William Kyde son of Oliver Kyde of Kirkby-Lonsdale
1763 b Thomas Kidd at Kirkby Lonsdale
1763 b Elizabeth Kidd at Kirkby Lonsdale
1791 b James Kidd at Kirkby Lonsdale           
1790 b Ann Kidd at Kirkby Lonsdale
1859 D James Kidd of Kirkby Lonsdale
1872 D Ann Kidd of Kirkby Lonsdale

THE PARISH OF TUNSTALL
Townships: Tuntsall, Burrow with Burrow, Cantsfield, and chapelry of Leck
    1627 - 1700 no Kidds at all

There are 17 Kidd entries in Tunstall register before 1800
Data from Lancashire OnLine Parish Clerks

THE PARISH OF MELLING
Domesday Book included Melling, Wrayton, Wennington, Farleton and Hornby in Craven.
Townships: Melling-with-Wrayton, Wennington, Farleton, Roeburndale, Wray-with-Botton. The acient parish included Gressinham until the12th century, and Hornby and Arkholm as chapelries until 1742.
Melling parish register begins PR 1625 BT 1677. See Townships of Lancashire

1759 b Ann Kidd dau of Thomas Kidd & Elizabeth of Thurland Mill
1794 D Agnes Kidd of Melling

THE PARISH OF TATHAM
Townships: there was no township in this parish.
Tatham parish church register is 1558-1812, Tatham Fells chapelry 1745-1803

1669 m Agnes Kidd & Rowland Dowson
1815 b Nanny Kidd dau of Robert Kidd, shoe maker of Stockbridge & Elizabeth

                

                
                       Parishes in Lancashire that used to be in Craven

 

We may carry on down through Lancashire to the Irish sea seeking Kidds.

In Bolton-le-Sands in 1657 Peter Lodge of Nether Kellet married Isabell Kid, dau of Thomas Kid of Fomagill Malladale in Bowland. She was the only Kidd here between 1653 and 1820.

In nearby Lancaster we find 1775 John Kid; 1766 Elizabeth Kid; 1774 John Kidd; 1803 Francis Kidd; 1807 m Elizabeth Kidd.

However further south on the coast we find evidence that many Kidds came over from Ireland. In Liverpool one Kidd is even registered as "Kidd alias Irish"


DEANERY OF BOWLAND

THE PARISH OF ARNCLIFFE
Townships: Buckden, Hawkeswick, Litton, chapelry of Halton Gill.
Church records 1671-1812 show 10 Kidd entries

1673 b …. Kidd son of William Kidd
1675 b Agnes Kidd  dau of William Kidd
1677 b Elizabeth Kidd dau of  William Kidd
1671 b Ann Kidd dau of William Kidd
1679 b William Kidd son of William Kidd
1680 b John Kidd son of William Kidd
1683 m Henrie Kidd  &  Margaret Preston
1733 m William Kidd & Jane Parkinson
1763 m Margaret Kid  & Thos. Tenant
1765 b Pearson Kidd son of Alice Kidd, unmarried


THE PARISH OF GIGGLESWICK
Townships: Settle, Giggleswick, Langcliffe, Stainforth, Rathmell.
1440
kiddgenealogy.net mentions a will of John Kidd of Giggleswick
1513 Battle of Flodden, against invading Scotland, Lord Clifford took with him sixty men from Giggleswick parish. The muster-roll includes “Robert Kydd, a bowe” (longbow)
There are 183 Kidd entries listed here
Data from North Craven Historical Research and The Yorkshire Archaeological Society.
IN 1524 the first entry introduces a Kydd from Ripon (25 miles to the East), so it seems likely there was a second blood line right from the beginning.
The winter of 1597-98 is remembered by "The Giggleswick Plague Stone" when the parish death rate went up to four times the average. The culminating period was in the four months November-February.

1685 John Kidd junior became an "Oversee" of Settle: looked after the paupers of the township and paid for the apprenticeship of paupers’ children
1676-85 Thomas Kidd was a Constable of Settle. In 1710 one Thomas Kidd was a brewer and seller of beer in a Public Ale House in Settle.

QUAKERS OF SETTLE
The Society of Friends were significant here but in 1670 Thomas Kidd informed against them. Those taken to trial included John Kidd of Upper Settle fined "for atending a meeting 15 shillings for which the officers took 2 coats and covercloth, part of an hide of leather, and one paire of shooes. In 1681 John refuses to pay his tithes so "had one pigg taken from him by a bayliffe worth 3s. 8d”. Undeterred John opened his home, 16-17 Albert St, for quaker meetings. It was occupied for several generations by the family Kidd.
Starting in 1578 the Quakers kept their own parish records. Until 1754 they legaly had to get married in Anglican churches, but their births and deaths only appear in the Quaker regsiter, for example:

1662 b Richard Kidd
1680 D John Kidd
1683 D Richard Kidd
1687 b Agnes Kidd
1689 b Richard Kidd, son of William Kidd
1703 D William Kidd
1762 D Agnes Kidd
1790 D John Kidd
Data from http://www.bmdregisters.co.uk/ RG6 - Society of Friends, 1578-1841

THE PARISH OF KIRKBY MALGHDALE
Townships: Kirkby Malhamdale, Malham Moor, Scosthrop.
This parish register that began 1597

There are 83 Kidd entties between 1604 and1800. Data from Kirby Malham info


THE PARISH OF SLAIDBURN IN BOWLAND
Townships: Slaidburn, Dunsop Bridge, Easington, Bowland Forest, Newton.
Register covers 1631-1812

There were no Kidd entries in Slaidburn 1631-1812

THE PARISH OF LONG PRESTON
Townships: Long Preston, Wigglesworth, Hellifield, Halton West,
Register burials started 1589, baptisms in 1716, marriages in 1735

1744 b Henry to Ann and Thomas Kidd, labourer of Wigglesworth
1761 b John son of Ann and John Kidd of Halton
1769 m Thomas Kidd, farmer of Giggleswick and Alice Howson otp
1773 m Henry Kid, labourer otp and Mary Baldwin otp
1794 m William Kidd cotton weaver otp and Mary Riley otp
1794 b Ann dau of Mary and William Kidd
1796 b Jenney dau of Mary and William Kidd
1798 b John son of Mary and William Kidd

There are 8 Kidd entries from 1744 to 1800. Data from cravenindexes.co.uk


THE PARISH OF GISBURN
Townships: Gisburn, Gisburn Forest, Paythorne, Bolton, Rimington, Swinden, Horton
Registers run from 1561

1598 m Margreta Kidd & Johannes Aierton de Beeld
1738 b John Kid son of Thomas Kid otp
1740 b Abarham Kid son of Thomas Kid otp
1741 b Thomasin Kid dau of Thomas Kid otp
1764 b Marjery Kid dau John Kid otp

Only five Kidds listed
Data from freepages.genealogy.rootswebancestry.com


THE PARISH OF BOLTON-BY-BOWLAND
Townships: Bolton by Bolland, Holden.
Only one Kid entry between 1558 and 1812

1774 b Alice Kid dau of John Kid


THE PARISH OF GREAT MITTON                        
TOWNSHIPS: Mitton, Bashall, West Bradford. CHAPELRIES: Waddington, Grindleton.
Despite the hearth tax recording a John Kidd at Bashall Eaves in 1672, the registers record no Kidd born married or died there

MITTON church register covers 1632 - 1812 lan.opc.org.uk

There were no Kidd entries in Mitton register 1632 - 1812

WADDINGTON chapelry register 1599-1812 Vol 88. Yorkshire Parish Register Society

There were no Kidd entries in Waddington register1599-1812

GRINDLETON register only exists from 1744 and no transcripts are known Genuki

No data is available before 1744 and no transcript for after

During the 18th century Grindleton became a centre for weaving but due to the industrial revolution, between 1820 and 1840, the number of handloom weavers here dropped from 200 to nil, all going for work in the mill towns.


THE PARISH OF WHITEWELL
PLACES IN PARISH: Harrop, Harrop Fold, Bowland Forest Low,
In 1379 the only residences here were called Radholme. But they were not a town rather the lodge of the Lord of Bowland's deer hunting park. Later when a few more people lived there they started St Michael, not as a church but a chapel of ease belonging to the Lancashire parish of Walley; and those registers run from 1756 to 1854. Whitewell did not exist as a parish in Yorkshire until 1861.

There were no Kidd entries in this register 1756-1854

HARROP is an extra parochial part THE PARISH OF WHITEWELL

THE PARISH OF SAWLEY

There were no Kidd entries in this register

THE PARISH OF HORTON IN GISBURN

There were no Kidd entries in this register1773-1837

                             

 

 

 

                                     Bowland parishes, central Craven

The winter of 1597-98 in Giggleswick is remembered by "The Plague Stone" when the parish death rate went up to four times the average. Here tradesmen left food and necessaries for the people in quarantine. They came and bought them by placing coins in the hollow in the stone which was filled with some disinfectant like vinegar. The stone is originally the stump of wayside boundary cross toppled in the civil war.
(photo
© Vivien Hughes, Creative Commons Licence)

 

   

 

For interactive old parish map use familysearch.org

and for modern parish maps see Cof E Parish Finder

For details of Yorkshire parishes see Genuki.org YKS WRY

Yorkshire registers are available from The Publications of the Yorkshire Parish Register Society

For Wharfedale Parishes, see wharfedalefhg.org.uk

 

 

 

Bowland parishes, central Craven


DEANERY OF SKIPTON

THE PARISH OF KETTLEWELL
Townships: Kettlewell, Starbotton
Church records 1713-1812 show 19 Kidd entries

1722 m Elizabeth Kidd & John Waterhouse
1728 m Ann Kidd & Thomas Duffield
1734 b Jane Kidd dau of Tho. Kidd
1737 b Wm. Kidd son of Tho. Kidd
1738 b John Kidd son of Thos. Kidd
1741 b Tho. Kidd son of  Tho. Kidd
1750 b Thos. Kidd son of Thos. Kidd
1752 b Jona. Kidd son of Thos. Kidd
1755 b Isabell Kidd  dau of Tho. Kidd
1760 b William Kidd son of Ann Kidd, unmarried
1760 m John Kidd &Mary Calvert
1761 b Thomas Kid son of John Kid
1761 m Sarah Kidd  & James Stringer
1763 b Jane Kidd dau  of  John Kidd
1766 b Ann Kidd  dau of  Ann Kidd, unmarried
1767 b John Kid son of John Kid
1769 b Mary Kid dau of John Kid
1773 m Mary Kidd  & Joseph Atkinson
1786 m Mary Kidd & Thomass Lord


THE PARISH OF LINTON IN CRAVEN
Townships:Linton, Grassington, Hebden, Threshfield
Register starts 1532

There are 204 Kidd entries in Linton register before 1800
Data from Yorkshire Parish Register Society, and from Archive.org


THE PARISH OF BURNSALL-IN-CRAVEN
Townships: Burnsall, Conistone-with-Kilnsey, Hetton-with-Bordley, Cracow, Rylstone, Hartlington, Appletreewick
The Burnsall parish register did not begins until 1697, however from other sources:
    1543 b Anthony Kidd of Burnsall [wharfegen.org.uk]
In 1579 the Rector Wm Brogden's niece was Mrs. Sampson Kidd
Pavers Marriage Licences at the British Museum include:
    1607 Mabel Banks of Burnsall to marry Richard Kidd of Leeds at either parish
    1614 Michael Kidd of Burnsall to marry Jane Grange of Ripo,n at Ripon
In 1632 Anthony Kidd was a churchwarden

There are 25 Kidd entries in the Burnsall register before 1786

Data from archive.org/details/parishregisterof03burn

The Chapelry of Conistone in Burnsall parish
There are 16 Kidd entries in Conistone register before 1812 
Data from transcript by WJ Stavert 1894 Google Books


THE PARISH OF GARGRAVE
Townships: Gargrave, Cold Coniston, Bank Newton, Flasby with Winterburn
This register begins in 1558 There are 29 Kidd entries in Gargrave register before 1800
Data from Google Books


THE PARISH OF SKIPTON
Townships: Skipton, Bolton Abbey, Beamsley, Embsay-with-Eastby, Draughton, Stirton-with-Thorlby, Halton  East, Barden, Hazelwood-with-Storiths.
Register starts 1592, but three parts are lost
There are 20 Kidd entries in Skipton register before 1800
Data from Google Books and from cravenindexes.co.uk


THE PARISH OF BROUGHTON WITH ELSLACK
Register only covers 1741-1812

There were no Kidd entries 1741-1812

THE PARISH OF MARTON IN CRAVEN
Register only covers 1724-1812

There were no Kidd entries in Marton 1724-1812

THE PARISH OF CARLETON IN CRAVEN
Townships: Carlton, Lothersdale

There were no Kidd entries

THE PARISH OF BARNOLDSWICK (now in Lancashire)
Townships: Barnoldswick, Earby. Register covers 1588-1747

There were no Kidd entries 1588-1747

THE PARISH OF THORNTON-IN-CRAVEN
Townships: Thornton, Earby, Kelbrook.

No Kidds listed in this parish,
however the register does not start untill 1735

 

Deanery of Skipton parishes, East Craven

 

 

 

1672 Hearth Tax of East Yorkshire

In the Hearth Tax records of 1672 the name was spelled towards the east with only one D. This may be just the idosyncracy of the scribes or it may signify a different family line.

* Red star = KIDD with two Ds.
* Purple star = Kid with one D

kidds_north_UK

Jo. Kid of Langbargh E. Divn, Marske [Redcar nr Middlesborough]
Wm. Kid of Newby Wiske, Gilling East [Northalerton]
Rd. Kid of Thornton Rust, Hang West [between Hawes and Leyburn]
Rt. Kid of Newton with Ruswick, Hang East [east of Leyburn]
Tho. Kid of Carlton Husthwaite, Birdforth [Thirsk]
Wm. Kid of Hutton Sessay, Allerton Shire [Thirsk]
Geo. Kid of Kirby Moorside, Ryedale [N Yorks Moors National Park]
Gilbert Kid of Kirby Moorside
Margt. Kid of Kirby Moorside
Rt. Kid of Kirby Moorside
Math. Kid of Hemsley, Ryedale
Math. Kid of Hemsley
Antho. Kidd of Lockton, Pickering Lythe
Hen. Kid of Farmanby, Pickering Lythe
Alice Kid of Hovingham [Malton]

DEANERY OF SOUTH CRAVEN

THE PARISH OF KILDWICK
Townships: Kildwick, Silsden, Steeton, Holden, Farnhill, Eastburn, Bradley, Cowling, Cononley, Glusburn, and Sutton-in-Airedale.
There are 32 Kidd entries in Kildwick register before 1800
Data from cravenindexes.co.uk


THE PARISH OF KEIGHLEY
Townships: Keighley, Steeton
There were no Kidd entries in Keighley until 1842

THE PARISH OF BINGLEY
Townships: Bingley.
There were no Kidd entries in Bingley until 1836

Nearby Parishes in Wharfedale

THE PARISH OF ADDINGHAM
Townships: Addingham, Beamsley.
Parish records from 1612 show 6 Kidd entries

1789 b Robert Midgley son of Eleanor Kidd and John Midgley
1791 b Eleanor Midgley dau of Eleanor Kidd and John Midgley
1809 b Robert Kidd Hargrove son of Wm. Hargrove and Ann Kidd
1811 b Thomas Kidd son of Tho. Kidd and Mary Jennings
1812 b James Kidd son of James Kidd and Hannah Steel                       
1812 b Margaret Kidd dau of John Kidd and Eliz. Wadsworth


THE PARISH OF ILKLEY
Townships: Ilkley, Middleton, Nesfield with Langbar.
Parish records 1597-1812 show 10 Kidd entries

1680 b Johannes Kidd son of Jane Kidd, unmarried
1739 b James Kid son of Thomas Kid
1742 m John Kidd & Martha Hudson
1744 b Betty Kidd dau of James Kidd
1764 b William Kidd son of James Kidd
1765 b Mary Kidd dau of James Kidd
1769 b James Kidd son of James Kidd
1771 b Thomas Kidd son of James Kidd
1780 m Mary Kidd & George Anderson
1799 m Elizabeth Kidd & John Rushworth

 


The Deanery of South Craven is at its south-east end.
Addingham and Ikley are not really in it but they did house some Kidds.

 

                            

THE FIRST MODERN CENSUS

The first modern census was in 1837. The Kidds of Yorkshire really stand out.

surname distribution map from http://www.rootsuk.com/index.php

 

 

In 1900 despite population movement most Kidds still lived in Yorkshire

surname distribution map from http://www.rootsuk.com/index.php

BIBLIOGRAPHY

1377 Poll tax Data from “The Craven and North-west Yorkshire Highlands'' by Harry Speight 1892. See entries on pages 39, 50, 57 and 59

1522-47 Lay Subsidies of the Deanery of Craven includes eight Kidds: John, Robert, William, Roger, Thomas, Ralph, Richard and Christopher. In the collection of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, Leeds

 

 

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