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Kyd, Robert (1746–1793), botanist and army officer, was born in Forfarshire. Little is known of his family and early life. He may have studied medicine at Edinburgh. In 1764 he obtained a cadetship and was appointed ensign in the Bengal Engineers. The following year he was promoted to lieutenant. He became captain on 3 April 1768, major on 29 May 1780, and lieutenant-colonel on 7 December 1782. On the latter date he was appointed secretary to the ...