A massive thank you for the Alexander Kyd extended will and so legible. I
only wish modern people had such neat handwriting! I only had a shorter one
and suspect this later one superceded the one I have! Thank you too for
James Kyd's will which gives me more cud to chew on. You are champs!
Simon also has been of inestimable help with the details of Edward Hay - a
big thanks to him.
I wonder if the Robert Kyd will is that of the Colonel botanist who died in
India and whose mausoleum is still in the gardens he created? He was a
kinsman of Alexander, how I do not know, but it laid the foundations of the
wealth of the Kyds.
Another breakthrough: searching for "James Kyd RN" I found a
biography of his son Alexander in A Biographical Dictionary of Civil
Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland. This says he was born in
Scotland 1754 and his mother was Hannah Bevis. Also an old post on
Rootschat which says "Capt James Kyd RN who died in 1793 in
Elie,Fife, sold the family estates of Craigie (Dundee) and Woodhill.
I am trying to find his parents. His uncle was Thomas Kyd, Wine
Merchant in Leith, father of Col. Robert Kyd(1745-1793)."
So I think the connection between Robert Kyd and Alexander Kyd is
first cousin once removed.
There are various other results connecting James Kyd to Craigie and
Woodhill. If you want to investigate further I suggest the excellent
Scotland's People website. This is pay as you go - you pay a token
amount per page of search results but if you find what you are
looking for you can download scans of the originals for a larger
amount (about a pound).