- R. K. Douglas
- , revised by H. C. G. Matthew
Kidd, Samuel (1799–1843), missionary in Malacca and Chinese scholar, was born at Welton, near Hull, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, on 19 June 1799, the son of a tailor. He attended the village school in Welton where he received a limited education; it was supplemented, until he was twelve, by instruction in English grammar and mathematics from his learned maternal grandfather. From an early age he is said to have shown remarkable powers both of acquiring languages and of memorizing literature. Aged about fourteen he was sent to ...