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Richard Kidder, Bishop of Bath and Wells, son of William Kydder, saddler and Elizabeth Kydder [Wickenden]
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Richard Kidder was born 1633/4, the eighth of nine children of the saddler William Kidder and his wife Elizabeth Wickenden, and christened at East Grinstead on 9th February 1633/4. He was educated at a grammar school and admitted sizar of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in June 1649, took the degree of B.A. in 1652, and was elected fellow of his college in 1653. In 1662 he was ejected for nonconformity from the vicarage of Stanground, in Huntingdonshire, but conforming soon after, he was presented in 1664 to the rectory of Raine, in Essex. In 1674 the Merchant Taylors' Company gave him the rectory of St. Martin's Outwich. In 1681 he was made pre bend of Norwich, and in 1689 dean of Peterborough; two years afterwards, on the deprivation of Bishop Ken, he was raised to the see of Bath and Wells.

He and his wife died in the night of 26th November 1703, at Wells, being killed in bed by the fall of a stack of chimneys occasioned by the great storm.


See also:
Biography of Richard Kidder (including his autobiography) by Stephen Hyde Casson, M.A., F.S.A., published in 1829
Richard Kidder, Bishop of Bath and Wells, and the Kidders of Maresfield by The Rev. Edward Turner, M.A., published in 1857

Date
Type
Information
Source
 
1633/34
Born
In the Parish of East Grinstead, Sussex
East Grinstead Parish Registers
 
9th Feb 1633/34
Christened
At St Swithin Parish Church in the Parish of East Grinstead, Sussex
East Grinstead Parish Registers
 
1649 to 1652
Educated at
Emmanuel College, Cambridge
 
1659 to 1662
Occupation
Rector of Stanground, Huntingdonshire
 
1664 to 1674
Occupation
Rector of Rayne Parva. Essex
 
c 1675
Married
Elizabeth .....
 
 
6th Oct 1679
Birth of a daughter
Katerine
 
 
c 1680
Birth of a son
Paul
 
 
c 1680
Birth of a son
Richard
 
 
1683
Birth of a daughter
Susanna
 
 
1684
Birth of a son
John
 
 
4th Sep 1686
Birth of a daughter
Ann
 
 
1689
Appointed
Royal chaplain
 
1691 to 1703
Occupation
Bishop of Bath and Wells
 
26th Nov 1703
Died
At Bishop's Palace, Wells in the County of Somerset; killed by a collapsing chimney stack during a storm
The Maresfield Kidders
 
14th Dec 1703
Buried
At Wells Cathedral in the County of Somerset

Ancestor's report
Descendent's report
Kidder, Kiddar, Kider, Kydder, Kyddar, Kyder family records
The ancestral pedigree of Richard Kidder, Bishop of Bath and Wells
  
 William Kidderm: c 1575Mrs 
 b: c 1555
d: May 1599 East Grinstead, Sussex, the elder
bur: 31st May 1599 St Swithin Parish Church, East Grinstead, Sussex
  b: c 1555
  
           
Thomas  Catherine  John James William Elizabeth Anne Edward 
b: 1576 East Grinstead, Sussex
ch: 16th Dec 1576 St Swithin Parish Church
  b: 1582 East Grinstead, Sussex
ch: 16th Sep 1582 St Swithin Parish Church
  b: 1586 East Grinstead, Sussex
ch: 3rd Jul 1586 St Swithin Parish Church
 b: 1588 East Grinstead, Sussex
ch: 4th Aug 1588 St Swithin Parish Church
d: February 1595 East Grinstead, Sussex, son of William Kidder
bur: 5th Feb 1595 St Swithin Parish Church, East Grinstead, Sussex
 b: 1589 East Grinstead, Sussex
ch: 31st Aug 1589 St Swithin Parish Church
d: April 1671 East Grinstead, Sussex
bur: 4th Apr 1671 St Swithin Parish Church, East Grinstead, Sussex
 b: 1590 East Grinstead, Sussex
ch: 4th Oct 1590 St Swithin Parish Church
d: 1591 East Grinstead, Sussex, daughter of William Kidder
bur: 1st Oct 1591 St Swithin Parish Church, East Grinstead, Sussex
 b: 1594/95 East Grinstead, Sussex
ch: 12th Jan 1594/95 St Swithin Parish Church
d: May 1596 East Grinstead, Sussex, daughter of William Kidder
bur: 9th May 1596 St Swithin Parish Church, East Grinstead, Sussex
 b: 1597 East Grinstead, Sussex
ch: 28th Mar 1597 St Swithin Parish Church
d: April 1597 East Grinstead, Sussex, son of William Kidder
bur: 11th Apr 1597 St Swithin Parish Church, East Grinstead, Sussex
 
  Richard John              
  b: 1579 East Grinstead, Sussex
ch: 20th Dec 1579 St Swithin Parish Church
d: May 1636 East Grinstead, Sussex
bur: 23rd May 1636 St Swithin Parish Church, East Grinstead, Sussex
 b: 1584 East Grinstead, Sussex
ch: 13th Nov 1584 St Swithin Parish Church
d: August 1585 East Grinstead, Sussex, son of William Kidder
bur: 25th Aug 1585 St Swithin Parish Church, East Grinstead, Sussex
              
                   
Grandfather record
   
   
   
 William Kydder
saddler
m: 7th Apr 1618 St Swithin Parish Church, East Grinstead, SussexElizabeth Wickenden 
 b: 1589 East Grinstead, Sussex
ch: 31st Aug 1589 St Swithin Parish Church
d: April 1671 East Grinstead, Sussex
bur: 4th Apr 1671 St Swithin Parish Church, East Grinstead, Sussex
  b: c 1595
  
          
Elizabeth  Rachel Katherine William Elizabeth Susan Richard Jeremy 
b: 1618/19 East Grinstead, Sussex
ch: 7th Feb 1618/19 St Swithin Parish Church
  b: 1622 East Grinstead, Sussex
ch: 22nd Dec 1622 St Swithin Parish Church
d: February 1695 East Grinstead, Sussex
bur: 8th Feb 1695 St Swithin Parish Church, East Grinstead, Sussex
 b: 1624 East Grinstead, Sussex
ch: 26th Dec 1624 St Swithin Parish Church
 b: 1626/27 East Grinstead, Sussex
ch: 11th Feb 1626/27 St Swithin Parish Church
 b: 1629 East Grinstead, Sussex
ch: 14th Jun 1629 St Swithin Parish Church
 b: 1631 East Grinstead, Sussex
ch: 25th Sep 1631 St Swithin Parish Church
 b: 1633/34 East Grinstead, Sussex
ch: 9th Feb 1633/34 St Swithin Parish Church
d: 26th Nov 1703 Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset, killed by a collapsing chimney stack during a storm
bur: 14th Dec 1703 Wells Cathedral, Somerset
 b: 1635/36 East Grinstead, Sussex
ch: 4th Mar 1635/36 St Swithin Parish Church
 
  Bridget                
  b: 1620 East Grinstead, Sussex
ch: 29th Oct 1620 St Swithin Parish Church
                
                  
Parental record
   
   
   
 Richard Kidder
Bishop of Bath and Wells
m: c 1675Elizabeth 
 b: 1633/34 East Grinstead, Sussex
ch: 9th Feb 1633/34 St Swithin Parish Church
d: 26th Nov 1703 Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset, killed by a collapsing chimney stack during a storm
bur: 14th Dec 1703 Wells Cathedral, Somerset
  b: c 1635
d: 26th Nov 1703 Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset, killed by a collapsing chimney stack during a storm
bur: 14th Dec 1703 Wells Cathedral, Somerset
  
       
 Katerine Paul Richard Susanna John Ann 
 b: 6th Oct 1679
ch: 7th Oct 1679 St. Martin's Church, Outwich, City of London
d: 1680
bur: 28th May 1680
 b: c 1680
d: c May 1680
bur: 8th May 1680
 b: c 1680
d: c May 1680
bur: 17th May 1680
 b: 1683
d: 12th Sep 1739 Great Waltham, Essex
 b: 1684
ch: 4th Feb 1684 St. Martin's Church, Outwich, City of London
d: September 1684
bur: 8th Sep 1684
 b: 4th Sep 1686
ch: 5th Sep 1686 St. Martin's Church, Outwich, City of London
 
              
Family record

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