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The Origins of Scottish Jewry

A. Levy

<plain_text><page sequence="1">The Origins of Scottish Jewry By A. Levy1 I THE Jewish communities in Scotland, as they are known today, had their origin in the second and third decades of the nineteenth century. In those years Europe was in a state of social and political unrest; and during and following upon the Napoleonic wars a wave of emigration from the continent started westwards, composed of those who were seeking a more stable background than could be found on the European mainland. These refugees from political and economic uncertainties landed, most of them, on the east coast of Great Britain, and it is not surprising to find that the first Jewish community in Scotland developed in Edinburgh in the early years of last century, to be followed closely thereafter by the formation of a sister community in Glasgow. While there is no evidence of any organised Jewish community in Scotiand prior to 1816, there are records of earlier Jewish settlement in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. A. M. Hyamson in his A History of the Jews in England quotes Josippon as stating that on the expulsion in 1290 many Jews care also said to have taken refuge in Scotiand' and it is natural to surmise that some of these refugees may have made their way northwards. But this route of escape could hardly have commended itself to many. Despite the 'golden age' in Scotland that preceded the wars of indepen? dence, Jews had not yet spread into that country from the south and lacked Scottish experience and connections. Following the expulsion, England no longer provided a stepping stone for immigrants by land; the disturbed Scottish scene was not such as to encourage direct immigration by sea from the continent. At any rate, there is no record of Jews in Scotland until a very much later date, namely, until the seventeenth century. Professors of Hebrew at Edinburgh : J. C. Otto The earliest individuals of Jewish origin who come to our notice in Scotland were isolated persons in the form of converted Jews. Although some were obscure or nameless, others were teachers in the college and town of Edinburgh, including, as we shall see, the first and third occupants of the Chair of Hebrew and Oriental Languages. Julius Conradus Otto first occupied the Chair of Hebrew and Oriental tongues in 1641. Paulus Scialitti Rabin was in 1665 permitted to reside in Edinburgh and practise as a teacher of oriental languages ; and in 1679 Alexander Amadeus was appointed to the Chair of Hebrew. Although Otto later returned to Judaism each of those linguists was described as a converted Jew. This cannot have been a coincidence. There are records during this period of other persons of more humble status who are described as converted Jews and such conversion appears to have been a prerequisite of recognition by authority. Scotland had, in the seventeenth century, its own Marrano Jews, few in number as they may have been. The first of these teachers is also the earliest known immigrant described as a Jew. He now figures in the Jewish Encyclopedia as the subject of a section of the article Margolioth under the name of Naphtali Margolioth of Vienna. We are told, however, that when he embraced Christianity in 1603 he assumed the name of Julius Conradus 1 Paper read before the Jewish Historical Society of England on 13th January, 1958. J 129</page><page sequence="2">ISO THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY Otto. According to the Encyclopedia he was born in 1562, became professor of Hebrew at Altdorf and was the author of four learned works published at Nuremberg between 1604 and 1607?Usus Ebreae Linguae, Grammatica Hebraica, Gale Razayah and Lexicon Radicale. Neither in the Encyclopedia nor in the continental bibliographers from whom its information is derived is there any mention of his connection with Scotland; in fact, they give no particulars of his later life or of his death. For his Edinburgh career we depend on the burgh records and on the histories of the university which describes Julius Conradus Otto as the first professor of Hebrew in that institution. The Scottish sources and writers for their part contain no reference to the name Margolioth; but the identity seems reasonably well established on the basis of the adopted name and of the professional and continental background. There was a Julius Otto 'of Prague' who edited a Hebrew version of the Psalms published at Hamburg in 1614; but, if this was a different individual, there are no grounds for preferring him, for the simple reason that nothing else is known about him. The only obstacle to the identification is a tradition of the bibliographers that Otto was born in 1562; which would mean that he set sail for these shores in or near his eightieth year. Since general attention must have been paid in 1603 to his baptism and to his inauguration as Public Professor of Hebrew at Altdorf, it appears likely that his age would also be the object of interest and would subsequently be handed down. But we find that writers are sometimes at a loss to say when he was born; and there are no facts on record to bear out any suggestion that we are dealing with two J. C. Ottos. On the whole we seem entitled to maintain the identification and to describe the new Scottish professor as an old man; but we may well doubt whether he was as old as some of the bibliographers indicate. The accounts of his earlier career also inform us that, although baptized, he later returned to Judaism. It does not follow, however, that he came to Scotland as an avowed Jew. Indeed, in the context of our tale of the earliest immigrants of Jewish origin it will be seen that such adherence is highly improbable. It is a point regarding which nothing is stated though his Jewish descent has always been accepted; nor have we any details of the identity or affiliations of the manservant who is found with Otto almost immediately after the latter's arrival in Scotland. The Latin works of the continental bibliographers which we have been able to consult give his original name variously as Naphtali (or Naphthali) Margolith and as Naftali Margaliot; and the statement that he bore the name of Margolith is also annotated 'i.e. Margarithae'. It is not asserted, however, that he actually called himself Margaritha which had been the form of surname adopted by the convert Margoles of Regensburg in the preceding century. The Usus, setting out to be a mystical exposition of the vocabulary of the Hebrew Old Testament, was published in 1604. The Hebrew Grammar based on the first chapter of Genesis, and the Gale appeared in the following year; and the latter was republished in Stettin in 1613. Both editions and the Grammar were recorded by Steinschneider in the Bodleian; a Catalogue of Rabbis by Otto ccum annotatione temporum Talmud' was recorded by Steinschneider at the same time as appended to each 'Gale'. The Dictionary of Roots and words, biblical, Talmudical and rabbinical, was an ambitious work which remained unfinished though publication was begun. The Venerable V. E. Loescher also reproduced a specimen, bestowing on the author's methods the compliments 'diligenter' and ?perdiligenter'. Two other works attributed by some to Otto were a Syriac Grammar 'cum expositione Judaico-Germanica' and an anonymous 'MS. Hebraeum Cabbalisticum'.</page><page sequence="3">THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY 131 We are instructed to distinguish the Gale from an anonymous book of the same name. Gale Razayah is a phonetic version of Otto's title which consisted of the Hebrew words icn K^Ji taken from Daniel, II, 29, for which the author provided the Latin alternative 'Occultorum Detectio'; the Vulgate renders them as 'qui revelat mysteria' and the Authorised Version as ?he that revealeth secrets'. In the Latin preface he claims that he had gone, not to the recent Basle edition of the Talmud, but to a genuine ancient version and had gravely endangered his life in doing so. Although this work professed to demonstrate, in Hebrew, German and Latin, the teachings of right-thinking (crecte sentientes') rabbis of old concerning the One Divine Essence, the Persons of the Trinity and the Messiah, it became the opinion of the learned that its real purpose was to hold up Christians to Jewish ridicule. It is not surprising, therefore, to read that in December, 1607, Otto absconded from Altdorf early in his fourth year of office. The university itself has long since ceased to exist1 but the abuse persistently directed at one of its early teachers remains on record. A single, brief quotation from one of his critics will suffice as typical. Tseudojudaeus, pseudorabbinus and pseudochristianus' was the judgment of J. C. Wagenseil, a librarian and historian writing many years after his subject's death. He is not only decrying Otto's conversion and his competence as a scholar but also accusing him of desiring to be regarded as a rabbi in spite of never having been so authorized. One conclusion at any rate is now plain. To a person embroiled in Otto's troubles the prospect of foreign employment must have appeared as a godsend, irrespective of the faith that he was following at the time. Two other interesting items of information are provided by the bibliographers regarding Otto's continental career. One is to the effect that he lectured 'in collegiis', i.e., at several seats of learning. The other is that he figures in a letter addressed to Scipione Gentilis, an Italian at Altdorf, by Isaac Casaubon, the famous scholar who spent his last few years in England and was buried at Westminster Abbey in 1614. The former is urged [Van Almeloveen's Collection of Casaubon*s Letters, Rotterdam, 1709, p. 231] to encourage a project of Otto to publish works by ancient Hebrew writers. Casaubon's knowledge of the project, however, appears to have been based entirely on a report received from the Italian. Since completing this paper in manuscript the writer has been referred to a description of Otto by George F. Black2 who in writing of 'The Beginnings of the Study of Hebrew in Scotland' states that the first Professorship of Hebrew in Edinburgh as a separate chair was founded in 1642 and that Otto appears to have held the chair till 1656. In a footnote (p. 469) Black writes 'Council Register (in MS.) quoted by Bower History of the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, 1817, V. 1, p. 201, Sir Alexander Grant History of the University of Edinburgh, London, 1884, V. 1, p. 214 errs in stating that nothing is known of Otto's history or nationality. He was a son of Naphthali Margolith (Margaritha) who was born in Vienna in 1562 and died in 1607. The father embraced Christianity in 1603 taking the name of Julius Conrad Otto and under that name published his Gali Razia Occultorum detectio, Noribergae 1605 in Hebrew, Latin and German. He returned to the faith of his fathers shortly before his death. I have not been able to find any information about the son'. This is evidence of two Hebrew scholars, father and son, each named Julius Conrad Otto, 1 It originated in a gymnasium which removed to Altdorf from the neighbouring town of Nuremberg in 1575; and it was united in 1807 to the University of Erlangen. 2 Studies in Jewish Bibliography and Related Subjects, in memory of A. S. Freidus (New York, 1929).</page><page sequence="4">132 THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY the father having been the convert who returned to the Jewish faith. It is not Jewish practice to name children after their parents but Julius Conrad Otto the second may have been baptized between the dates of his father's conversion and recantation. The existence of two scholars of like name would explain some of the beforementioned difficulties of identification. The evidence of the authorities is conflicting and there we leave the question of identity. The liberty to erect a college at Edinburgh had been granted by King James the Sixth in 1582. Sixty years later its Rector was Alexander Henderson who was also a leading member of the General Assembly, having held office as its Moderator. He persuaded this body to resolve that 'it were good for the Universities to send abroad for able and approved men' to be professors of divinity. It was probably the same influence that led to the following minute of the council dated the 26th January 1642 : 'The same day, Sir Alexander Clerk, provost, William Gray, John Trotter, John Pearson, James Rae, baillies, &amp;c., being convened in counsell,?The counsell, considering that they had caused bring home Julius Conradus Otto to be ane professor of the Hebrew and orientall tongues,?Theirfoir, they have thought good to take ane yearis tryell of the fruites of his labour and learning and for his interteinement thay allow unto him the soume of twelff hundreth merks, to be payet to him at four termes in the year, Candlemes, Beltane, Lambes and Hallowmes, beginning the first termes payment at Candlemes next1; and ordaines the thesaurer of the colledge to pay the same, and it sail be allowed to him in his comptis; and if it sail happen the rentis of the colledge not to be sufficient for defraying therof, ordaines the thesaurer of the toun to supplie the same, and the same sail be allowed in his comptis'. The reader of this minute will have noticed that Otto was in the country prior to the date of the meeting, the council having already 'caused bring home' their protege. A scrutiny of the accounts of John Jossy, the college treasurer, reveals the following entry for 1641 : Ttem payed Mr. Otto professor of the Oriental Tongues be ordor of the Counsell Item to himself in money ... ... ... ... xxx lib. Item payed to Elizabeth Beatton for his and his man's ludging and ther dyett during ther abode in hir house ... ... ... ... xvii lib. viii sh. Item mair payed for bedding Hnnings and uther necessarys to him lcxvii lib. 15 sh. Item delyvered him in money ... ... ... ... Lxxxxvilib. Item delyvered him in money per his recept ... ... lclib.' There being no prior entry relating to Otto in the college accounts, it would appear that he began his work in 1641, prior to the minute of 26th January, 1642, recording his appointment. The chair of Hebrew and Oriental Languages was only the second professorship (as distinct from a regentship) founded in the University of Edinburgh; and, according to Dalzel, the new professor's course of study for the first time was 'announced by a public program'. The source from which Professor Dalzel obtained this detail cannot now be traced; if it were, we might be able to discover other facts to add to our meagre 1 Candlemas?2nd February; Beltane?1st May; Lammas?1st August; Hallowmas?1st November. The pound Scots was equivalent to one-twelfth of a pound sterling, i e., to l/8d. sterling ; the merk to two-thirds of the latter sum, i.e., to 1/1 Jd. sterling. Thus ?1 sterling = 12 pounds Scots = 18 merks; and 1 pound Scots = 1J merks. Otto's salary was 800 pounds Scots or ?66. 13. 4d. sterling.</page><page sequence="5">THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY 133 collection. A successor was not elected until 3rd September, 1656, when the minute still refers to Otto as 'the last professor'; but the opinion of the historians of the University, shared by George F. Black, that he taught until near that date was mistaken, as was first indicated by the late Dr. Marguerite Wood, Keeper of the Burgh Records of Edinburgh. The Edinburgh evidence on the matter can now be given more fully. The college treasurer's accounts continue for the year 1642 as follows : 'Item payed to Julius Conradus Otto professor of the Oreintall Tongues per act of counsell the 26th of January, 1642 Item payed him per his recept ... ... ... ... iiclib. payed to Thomas Patterson for him ... ... ... Lxxxxi lib. xviii sh. payed to Sir John Smith1 which he delyvered to the said Mr. Otto 100 rex dollars as may appear by Sir John his ticket granting the recept therof from the compter ... ... iic Lxx lib. Item payed him per his recept ... ... ... ... iic lib.' In the succeeding years the annual payment of his 800 pounds Scots is recorded until the entry for 1649 which reads : 'Anno 1649 Item to Julius Conradus Otto professor of orientall tongues There is no entry of any later payment and the presumption arises that Otto died between the Beltane and Lammas payments of 1649. The last payment had a curious sequel. A council minute of 20th May, 1653, containing the review of the accounts of George Jollie, the former college treasurer, includes the following passage : '... the compter has dischairgit himselff with the payment of four hundreth punds to umqle2 Doctor Otto for Candlemes and beltan quarteris 1649 as is sett down in the 27 page of the saids accompts whereof the compter now efter tryell acknowledges that he is payit to him onlie two hundreth pund . . .' Reviews by the council of the accounts of the college treasurers were usual, if infrequent, procedures. The nature of the 'trial' that also occurred in this instance is unknown; but Jollie appears to have remained a person in good standing with the council. How he came to make his mis-statement in Otto's account is not related. We are merely informed that the 200 pounds overcharged were deducted from the considerable sum?'Twa thousand eight hundreth twelf punds four schillings'?otherwise found by the auditors to be due to him by the college as superexpended during the five years of his office between December, 1646, and December, 1651. What does emerge from the incident for our purpose is support for the presumption that Otto died in 1649. The Edinburgh chapter of his life tells a story of esteem and useful work. He holds an honourable place in the history of Scottish learning. Moses or Paul Scialitti The hiatus in the Hebrew curriculum that followed Otto's death could not have been a major preoccupation about the time of the battle of Dunbar; and the influential for his Candilmis quarter for his Beltane quarter 1 Sir John Smith, who was to be provost in the following year, was a councillor in 1642. 2 'Umqle' is a contraction or variation of the old Scots word 'umquhile' which, in the context, means 'the late' or 'deceased*.</page><page sequence="6">134 THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY Henderson, with his zeal for the higher education, had died a few years previously. The interruption was brought to an end in 1656 only when the council received two petitions to make a new appointment, one from the students of Divinity and the other from David Dickson, professor of Divinity. The second professor of Hebrew was David's son, Alexander, minister of Newbattle. For his duties in the chair he received to begin with ?50 sterling, a salary only three-quarters of that of his predecessor. Alexander Dickson was to hold this appointment for many years but during his tenure another teacher, of interest to us, was introduced into the town. An entry in the Town Council minutes bearing the date 1st September, 1665, reads : '(The Council) Admitts and receives Paulus Scialitti Rabin converted from the Jewish Religioun to the Christian faith to professe his skill and knowledge in the orientall tongues within this Burgh and liberties therof dureing the Counsell's pleasure Wheranent thir presents sail be his warrand. This Paulus was presentit to the Counsell be Mr. Johne Meldrum minister as a convert Jew'. The 'Rabin' had made his conversion the occasion of changing his name from Moses to Paul and also of a public apologia. He published (London, 1663) 'A Letter written to the Jewes by Rabbi Moses Scialitti, A Jew of Florence, baptised June 14 1663, Declaring the reasons of his Conversion, and exhorting them to embrace the Christian faith'.1 The baptism took place in St. Margaret's, Westminster. One annalist of the university has taken it for granted that Scialitti taught in the college and one would think that it would have been convenient to all parties for him to do so. The minute, however, does not entitle us to regard him as more than a private tutor. It also seems probable that he had been allowed into Edinburgh for the special purpose of teaching oriental languages other than Hebrew because of Dickson's deficiencies in these studies. The late Dr. Marguerite Wood adopted both these latter views and pointed out that when Dickson was elected the five examining ministers had declared themselves content with his knowledge of Hebrew but had not committed themselves regarding his skill in the other languages. Alexander Amidei Dickson was finally removed from the professorship by order of the Privy Council in 1679 for refusing to take the oaths of allegiance and supremacy and to engage to submit to church government by the archbishops. The minute of the 16th April of that year notes the vacancy and continues : 'And being certainlie informed of the abilities and qualifications of Mr. Alexander Amedeus Florentan and his abilities to exerce that charge Therefore they elect him to be professor of Hebrew in the said colledge for the space of a year efter the dait of thir presents and allowes to him sex hundred merks scots yearlie of cellary'. The council may have been conscious of the meagreness of the Florentine's salary; for on the 14th May they allowed him 'ane hundred pounds of his fiall by way of advance in respect he has present need of money'. The hundred Scottish pounds were worth only eight pounds, six shillings and eightpence sterling, but they represented exactly a quarter of the professor's annual salary. He held the chair for only a brief period. A mimre of the council of 30th September, 1681, reads : 'The Counsell considering that the professor of the Hebrew his place in the Colledge of this burgh is at present vacant throw the removeall of Mr. Alexander Amadeus last professor of that language in the said Colledge .. . Therefor they doe heirby elect him (his successor) in place of the said Mr. Alexander Amedeus And allowes to him sex Hundred merks 1 C. Roth, Magna Bibliotheca, p. 279.</page><page sequence="7">THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY 135 Scots money of yeirly cellary . . . Beginning the first quarters payment frae lambas last to Hallowmas nixt . . .' Here two versions of the professor's surname are given. It is also supposed that he is identical with Amidei, the Italian Jew mentioned by Anthony ? Wood in his account of the literary martyrdom of Samuel Austin, an Oxford versifier. University acquaint? ances of the latter conspired to publish a selection of his verse and prose under the title of Naps on Parnassus (London, 1658), prefacing it with poems of mock commendation from several hands. In enumerating the authors of some of these ironical verses ? Wood writes : 'And among others, not now to be named, must not be forgotten Alexander Amidei, a Jew and Florentine born, then a teacher of Hebrew and other tongues in the university, afterwards a converted Christian and reader of a Hebrew lecture in Sion coll(ege) London'. Lee (1888) refers to him as Alessandro Amidei and to his contribution to this satirical volume as an Italian sonnet entitled 'Sonetto in lode del Autore, or in plain English, a Jews letter in Ink to commend our Negro'.1 The circumstances surrounding the lapse of his appointment in 1681 remain unknown. Local historians have interpreted 'removal' as signifying dismissal for failure to give satisfaction; but this cannot be regarded as certain. That he was re-engaged after his first year of office is confirmed by the accounts of the college treasurer. These accounts are wanting from November, 1676, to November, 1679. When they resume we find the record of the payment to Professor 'Amedeas' of his 400 pounds Scots in the accounts for the year ending November, 1680, and the following entry in the accounts for the year ending November, 1681 : 'to the professor of the Hebrew four hundered pound for his sellarie and per act of Councill ane hundered pound'. The additional hundred pounds Scots must be explained by the minute of 30th September, 1681, according to which, as we have seen, his successor's payment was to begin 'frae lambas last'. Amedeus must therefore have ceased to be professor by the beginning of August, 1681. Another reference is to be found in a manuscript volume, presently in the strong room of the library of the university, containing a chronological list of the teaching staff and candidates from 1663. Between one entry dated October, 1681, and another dated October, 1683, there occurs the following undated item : 'A.D.?mense?D. Alexro Armidaeo Floren? tino Hebreae Linguae Professori Academiae valedicente successit D. Alexr Douglass'. We do not know why the Italian took his leave of the northern city ; but the university must have accepted the event with some regret. Douglas was much less of a savant, being merely a student of theology. There are references to other converts in Scotland in the second half of the 17th century. On April the 7th, 1667, the kirk session of the Cross Kirk, Peebles, ordained the treasurer to give to the minister at Kirkurd2 to give to 'the converted Jew' three pounds Scots. On the 5th of May, 1675, the Edinburgh minutes state, 'The Councill apoynts the Colledge thesaurer ... to give to the Jew that was laitly baptised ane hundred merks'. There is a similar minute for the 11th of May, 1687 : 'The Counsell appoints the Town Thesaurer to give to Lodovicus Viell formerly a jew and now converted to Christianitie as appears by a testificat from the principal professors and masters of the Colledge of this Cittie who has perused his former Testificats four rix dollars of supplie'. Lodovicus Viell was the father of Sir Louis de Veil, the London Police Magistrate who was one of the founders of the London police system. 1 Cecil Roth refers to Amidei in Jews in Oxford after 1290, Oxoniensia, Vol. XV (1950), a copy of which is in the Mocatta Library, London. 2 Kirkurd is a parish in Peebles-shire.</page><page sequence="8">136 THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY It would be wrong to condemn these converts too harshly in retrospect. In some instances the conversion may have been sincere, while in others it would almost certainly be for reasons of expediency. The information available regarding them is sparse and not strictly relevant to our theme; but has been included here for the reason that it has not previously been recorded in collated form. Our principal purpose is to search, from the Cromwellian resettlement of 1655 onwards, for such information as is now available regarding the immigration of avowed Jews. There are reliable records of professed Jews resident in Edinburgh in the seventeenth century although, as already stated, it was not until the early decades of the nineteenth century that organised Jewish com? munities emerged, first in Edinburgh and then in Glasgow, each with its own synagogue and burial ground. Early Jewish Traders in Edinburgh In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries it was necessary to secure permission from the Town Council of Edinburgh before commencing the practice of a trade or profession and we turn to the minutes of the council for the earliest references to the settlement of avowed Jews in Scotland. In 1691 a sharp controversy took place within the Town Council concerning the right of a Jew to reside and trade in the City. David Brown, a professing Jew, applied to the Town Council for permission to carry on business and this permission was duly granted on 4th September. At a later meeting held on 9th September, a strong protest against this decision was met with an equally strong defence. The minute of the meeting narrates : 'William Patoun, old dean of Guild, protested that David Brown Jew can have noe priviledge of tradeing conform to the Act of Councill in his favours presently read, being against the standing law of the nation and acts of burrowes And that Noe person whatsomever that denyes the basis or foundamentalls of our Christian religion can have any priviledge within the city of Edinburgh or suburbs As the said David Brown does not denye he being a profest Jew And therefore took instruments. To which Hugh Blair old Thesaurer gave in the following answer : ... Whereas it is alleadged that this is contraire to the standing lawes of this Kingdom It is denyed that there are lawes in this Kingdom restraining Jewes fra liberty of trade And where the lawes are most severe against the adversaries of the trew religion whether subjects or strangers, their returning to or remaining in this Kingdom unless they obey the law, yet ambassadours, messengers or merchants are excepted (James the Sexth parliament seventh Cap. ane hundred and five). Whereas It is alleadged to be against reason that they that deny the foundamentalls of our religion should have or enjoy any civill priviledge Its answered that Jewes as such are not to be considdered or treated as other infidels They being the ancient people of God of the seed of Abraham of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came. To them belongs the promise, to them were the Scriptures consigned And from them have wee handed down to us the law and the Gospell. The Jewish Church in their best estate had the love and affections of a sister to the future gentle Church then pagan And though now in their rejected state they are enemies to the gospell for our sake yet as touching the election they are beloved for their fathers sake Upon which and several other acompts it is that they are allowed the libertie of trade in places of greatest trade wher the reformed religione is professed'. This minute may be regarded as a Charter of Liberty for the Jews of Seventeenth Century Edinburgh. Hugh Blair carried the majority of the Council with him and the earlier permission granted to David Brown was upheld. We do not know what trade David Brown followed.</page><page sequence="9">Jewish Cemetery in the Glasgow Necropolis</page><page sequence="10"></page><page sequence="11"></page><page sequence="12">{</page><page sequence="13">THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY 137 Dr. Cecil Roth, in The Rise of Provincial Jewry,refers to him as 'presumably to be identified with David Pardo a relative of the Hazan in London, the two surnames having been used interchangeably at this time'. We can, at any rate, recognise him as the first professing Jew to vindicate his right to the freedom of trading in Scotland. We can also pay tribute to the broadminded tolerance of Hugh Blair and the city fathers of Edinburgh?character? istic of all that is best in the Scottish tradition?which would not deny the right of a stranger both in race and faith to earn his livelihood amongst them. Hugh Blair has a place of honour in the annals of Scottish Jewry. It has been truly said that Jews have never been persecuted in Scotland?and that can be said of few other countries with a long history?and we may surmise that David Brown felt himself at home among the citizens of Edinburgh towards the end of the seventeenth century. The name of Moses Mosias appears in the roll of burgesses on 14th September, 1698. How this came about is pithily told in the minutes of the Town Council for that date : 'The Council grants licence and warrand to Moses Mosias Jew to trade and use merchandice within the good toun and priviledges therof dureing the CouncilPs pleasure And in case the said Mosias turn Christian, The Councill declare they will for his incouragement admit him burgess gratis'. We do not know whether the councillors' charity persuaded Mosias to renounce his faith but we do know that they did not repeat their gesture. The next two Jews of whom we hear by name were treated as David Brown had been in that they were allowed to trade but were not admitted as burgesses. The first of these is mentioned in the minutes of 15th November, 1700 : 'The Councill grants licence to Theodore Marine Jew to trade within this Cittie and privileges thereof during the Councill's pleasure'. The other, Isaac Queen (? Cohen), though not admitted to the roll, is the subject of a note dated 27th November, 1717, in the register of burgesses and guild-brethren in the Edinburgh archives : 'It being moved that Isaac Queen being a Jew was incapable of being invested with the right of burges and Gildbrother and to enjoy the priviledges consequent will thereto yet that for the benefit of the toune he paying a hundred pound he might be endowed dureing his life with the priviledge of useing and exerciseing any trade, merchandise or employment within the city and libertys therof and he being present and payd the said hundred pound the motion was approven of and that priviledge granted accordingly'. An act of parliament was passed in 1846 which abolished all exclusive privileges in Scotland in dealing with merchandise and exercising trades. Although these restrictions had not been enforced for possibly thirty years or more prior to the passing of this statute, they were effectively applied in the eighteenth century and perhaps in the early years of the nineteenth century, until when, certainly in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and presumably in other parts of Scotland, no person (other than those having express permission to do so) could lawfully carry on trade unless he became a burgess on payment of his freedom fine. The qualification for a burgess was derived from a father or father-in-law who was a burgess, by apprentice? ship, or by purchase. The privilege of being a burgess carried with it a corresponding liability to contribute to the common burdens of the community. The oath on admission implied adherence to the dominant faith and this automatically excluded Jews. As we have seen, however, the privilege of trading was, on application, granted by the Edinburgh Town Council to Jewish traders sometimes gratuitously, and sometimes on payment of a fee. One may detect some inconsistency or uncertainty on the part of the Edinburgh city fathers from time to time in dealing with these cases, but law was not applied in these days with the same exactitude or regard for precedent as now prevails.</page><page sequence="14">138 THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY Other Early Jewish Residents in Edinburgh On January 19th, 1712, the admissibiHty of the testimony of a Jew was the subject of a legal decision. Sir John Lauder of Fountainhall (Lord Fountainhall) reports the judicial opinion as follows1 : 'The Lords thought, if a Jew were led a witness in a cause betwixt a Christian and a Jew, there might be reason in that case to suspect him, but it being two Christians, his disowning Jesus Christ for the Messias could no more incapacitate him, than it would a Socinian; our formula jurandi mentioning only God in the general; and though he will not swear on the New Testament, yet he will swear by Jehovah, on his Torah or the law of Moses. Yes, which is more, a Turk or a Pagan are capable; for in Captain Green's case for piracy, two Heathen boys were admitted ; and if in criminals why not in civil causes ? It was also remembered, that the Queen had knighted Sir Solomon de Medina a Jew trading at London; and if capable of honours, why not of bearing testimony ? And we allow Quakers to declare in their own way'. In 1750, we are informed in The Rise of Provincial Jewry, there is a reference in the accounts of the Great Synagogue, London, to 'Wolf (i.e., Benjamin) of Edinburgh'. Another Edinburgh Jew is mentioned in the minute-book for 1761 of a lodge of freemasons. R. S. Lindsay reports the occasion in the following terms2: 'The raising of the Apprentice fee in 1761 produced two interesting entries in the Minute Book . . . The other incident happened on 11th November, 1761, when a Bro. Isaac Solomon, Embroiderer, and Affiliate from Lodge St. David, Edinburgh, insisted with the liberality wrongly denied to his people, in defraying the increased fees demanded from his friend, Bro. James Sommerville, Dyer and Burgess of Edinburgh, 1760, who was Entered that night'. The Lodge St. David, Edinburgh, No. 36, according to the brochure published when its chapel was consecrated in 1954, had been erected in 1738 and was the lodge at which Sir Walter Scott was to be made a mason. One Shadrach Moyse was in 1780, according to the Edinburgh Almanac, a'Customs House Officer' in Princes Street; in 1806 and 1810 he was a 'Commissioner' at 21 Princes Street. The records show that in 1802 the city borrowed from him the sum of ?1,200 which suggests that he was a man of some substance. The loan was renewed in 1809 and reduced to ?700 in the following year. Dr. Cecil Roth doubts that Shadrach Moyse was a Jew, although he accepts the possibility. The office he held itself suggests the doubt but, if his name is accepted as evidence for the affirmative, Shadrach Moyse can be regarded as the first Jew in Scotland to be in government service. Dr. Joseph Hart Myers As will be seen later it was the practice at some of the Scottish universities to confer degrees by recommendation without examination; and several Jewish physicians from London and elsewhere received their M.D. degrees in this way from Aberdeen University. By the early years of the nineteenth century, however, strict regulations had been introduced. Reference is made later to the first Scottish born Jew to graduate at a Scottish university. The first Jew, however, to graduate after examination at a Scottish university was Joseph Hart Myers who was born in 1758 in New York and graduated M.D. at Edinburgh in 1779. He received schooling in New York but came to London at a youthful age, beginning his professional studies by attending the lectures of Dr. William Hunter at Windmill Street School as well as those of Dr. George Fordyce at 1 The Decisions of the Lords of Council and Session, Vol. II, Edinburgh, 1761, p. 708. 2 A History of the Mason Lodge of Holyrood House, Vol, I, Edinburgh, 1935, p. 174,</page><page sequence="15">THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY 139 the latter's house in Essex Street, Strand. He then proceeded to Edinburgh where he took classes during the four sessions commencing 1775-8. His Latin thesis for the doctorate was entitled De Diabete; and two copies are still to be found in the library of the university. After qualifying he visited Leyden, Paris, Berlin and Vienna, making a considerable stay in each city. He returned to London; and was L.R.C.P. there in 1787. In 1785, in spite of being an Ashkenazi, he was elected a Doctor of the Poor by the Bevis Marks Synagogue of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews. He thus became physician to their hospital which had been founded in 1747. He served as President of the Talmud Torah of the Great Synagogue, London, which developed into the Jews' Free School. He was later an active member of the British Endeavour project initiated in 1798 to collect funds for a naval orphanage. During the last years of his life he was prevented from practising his profession by gout of which he died on 1st June, 1823, at his home at John Streer, America Square, Whitechapel. He had become a member of the Medical Society of London, holding the office of librarian; and he appears in a group-portrait of members painted by Samuel Medley. This picture is known as the 'Founders Picture'; but, according to the late Mr. W. E. Tanner, f.r.c.s., a recent President, it was painted in 1800 and engraved by Nathan Branwhite in 1801 whereas the Society had been founded in 1773. It provides us with painstaking and detailed likenesses of twenty-two of the chief personages in the Society around 1800, including the illustrious Edward Jenner who is seen standing in the centre at the back of the group. Myers is seen seated on the extreme left of the picture. He is one of three Americans in the company, another being Dr. John C. Lettsom, one of the founders, who is shown presenting property deeds to the Society. Herman Lion So far in the story we read only of individual Jewish settlers and this picture continues throughout the eighteenth century. Towards the end of the century a Jew, Herman (later Heyman) Lion, practised as a dentist and 'corn operator' and he was the author of a remarkable book on corns. This work is indeed a curiosity of literature, and perhaps that is its main claim on posterity. The Edinburgh University library possesses a copy, bound with Duncan's Lectures on the Institutions of Medicine, the volume being backed 'Duncan and Lion'. Lion's title page reads 'An Entire new and original work being a complete treatise upon Spinae Pedum containing several important discoveries illustrated with copperplates, exhibiting the Different Species of Spinae, by Heyman Lion, Chiropod? ist. rp1? n ?^n Edinburgh, Printed by H. Inglis for the Author and sold by Peter Hill, Edinburgh, and Longman and Rees, London, 1802'. The work runs to 438 pages. On the fly leaf there is written in pencil a letter addressed 'To the Librarian of the Honr. Edinr. College', bombastic in its terms and purporting to be written by the author. There are also many marginal notes all of which are critical of the work; and it is obvious that the letter was written by an anonymous detractor to ridicule the author. One imagines that the book had little scientific value, even according to the standards of the time, but of its kind it is probably unique. In an appendix there is a narrative which gives us a glimpse of the man. He speaks of the success of his practice in Edin? burgh for many years notwithstanding which his business is considered disreputable. He is called a corn cutter ! He narrates that he applied at the Surgeons' Hall for examina? tion to obtain a diploma, disclaiming the intention to practise either surgery or physic. Although he had studied at Edinburgh University for five years his diploma was refused after examination but the reason for refusal was withheld, He then applied to King's</page><page sequence="16">140 THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY College, Aberdeen, for a degree in medicine, recommended by Dr. John Barclay, Dr. J. Yule and Dr. William Farquharson. He was advised by an Edinburgh surgeon to produce his certificates (College tickets ?) 'as I was a German'. The Aberdeen professors entertained no doubt of his medical qualifications but because of 'the public line of practice which he has for some time adopted' the degree was refused. He resented the stigma thrown on his 'business' which he considered to be 'as genteel and creditable as any other'. It is known that Herman Lion matriculated at Edinburgh University for the sessions 1791-2 (Anatomy and Surgery), 1793-4 (Chemistry) and 1794-5 (Theory and Practice of Medicine and Botany). Herman Lion was frustrated, a man with a grievance, flamboyant, perhaps unhappy, but he was not without ability, never mis? represented his professional status and one imagines that he was a somewhat engaging and likeable person. Herman Lion is of particular interest in respect that he acquired from the city of Edinburgh a small piece of ground on the Calton Hill as a burial place for himself and his family. The minutes of 11th September, 1793, state that there was 'Remitted to the Dean of Gild and Convener Report by William Sibbald about a burial place on the Calton Hill, for the Jews, to visit and report'. The minutes of the council for 6th Mays 1795, give particulars of the transactions as follows : 'Approved of Report from a sub? committee named by the Magistrates, old Magistrates and Convener, to whom was remitted a Petition from Herman Lion, Dentist in Edinburgh, which Petition and report are of the following tenor : Unto the Right Hon. The Lord Provost Magistrates and Town Council of the City of Edinburgh . . . Humbly sheweth That your petitioner has for many years been an inhabitant of this City, and he hopes has conducted himself in an orderly and peaceable manner. As he has been educated and brought up in Religious Tenets different from the established Religion of this country which on occasion of the death of himself or any of his family might prevent their remains from being interred in any of the consecrated burying grounds belonging to the City, he is most anxious to purchase a small spot of ground, which he will inclose for a burying place for himself and family either on the lands of Calton Hill or Bruntsfield links, as may be pointed out by your Honour's Overseer of Works . . . Having inspected the ground on the north side of the Observatory Are of opinion that there is a spot near the north-west corner of the surrounding wall that might answer for a burying ground. This spot is very retired and out of the way and might be inclosed with a stone wall at Mr. Lions expence. The area when inclosed may be fourteen by eleven feet over walls . . . Which having been considered by the Magistrates and Council they agreed to convey the ground mentioned in the foregoing report for the purpose solely of a burying place for the Petitioner and his relations upon his paying to the Chamberlain seventeen pounds sterling, and his getting the consent of the tacksman of the lands of the Calton Hill'. According to Abel Phillips1 this burying place is shown on the Ordnance Survey map of 1852, and is marked 'Jews' Burial Vault' and a part of it is identifiable about fifty feet from the North Wall surrounding the Observatory. It is believed that only Herman Lion and his wife were interred in this ground. Some of his descendants were later buried in the Jewish cemetery in Braid Place. There is some confusion regarding Herman Lion's forename. Dr. Cecil Roth accepts the name Heyman and rejects that of Herman but he is named in the minutes of the council as Herman Lion. In The Rise of Provincial Jewry Dr. Roth refers to an announcement in the Newcastle Courant 1 Article in Jewish Chronicle, 8th August, 1958,</page><page sequence="17">THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY 141 relating to the marriage in Sunderland on 3rd December, 1791, between 'Lyon Hermann, dentist of Edinburgh' and Mrs. H. Pollock, a widow from London. He is described in the university class lists and library accounts as Herman Lion. On the other hand he published his book in the name of Heyman Lion. His name first appears in the Edinburgh directory for the year 1790 which gives his address as 'opposite Linen Hall, Carmongate', and gives his name as Herman. In later directories he is named both Heyman and Hayman and he is listed for the last time in the directory for the year 1822/23. It would appear that originally his name was Herman Lion, and that he himself adopted the name Heyman in place of Herman. An additional detail is culled from Daiches (1938). A daughter of Herman Lion married Jacob Isaac, said to have been 'an owner of ships plying between Leith and Italy', one of whose descendants was in 1938 still alive in London. We shall later note the name of a J. Isaac in one of the Edinburgh directories of the pre-Victorian period. A 'Jacob Isaac' was the subject of the legend quoted by Grant (1882) from 'a rare book by Viscount D'Arlincourt, a French writer' to the effect that having paid 700 guineas for the privilege he was duly interred on the Calton Hill; but Daiches (1929) rightly dismissed the tale as apocryphal. The First Synagogue In the early years of the nineteenth century, the individual Jews settled in Edinburgh began to increase in numbers and they ultimately organised themselves into a community which, in 1816, opened the first synagogue in Scotland situated in a lane off Nicholson Street. Dr. Cecil Roth in The Rise of Provincial Jewry gives reasons for the belief that there was an organised community in Edinburgh as early as 1780. He refers to the burial in that year in the Old Hoxton cemetery of the Hambro Synagogue, London, of Zipporah B. Menahem, wife of Isaachar Ben Abraham 'from the Holy Congregation of Edinburgh'. This phrase, states Dr. Roth, 'is never used except in relation to an established Jewish nucleus with regular divine service, and one must conclude that Edinburgh was already provided with this. But this fact itself shows that there was no cemetery, the House of Life having been acquired by a local chiropractor, Heyman (not Herman) Lion . ..'. The present writer is not competent to question the inference to be drawn from the phrase 'from the Holy Congregation of Edinburgh' and any opinion expressed by Dr. Roth must be treated with respect. There are, however, grounds for suggesting that there was no organised community in Edinburgh in 1780, nor for many years after that date. We have seen that Herman Lion of Edinburgh was married to a London lady in Sunderland in 1791, and Dr. Roth himself suggests that since neither of the parties was apparently a native of Sunderland it is probable that they went thither for their marriage because that town already harboured an established community. Sunderland was the organised community nearest to Edinburgh, and one may surmise that the wedding ceremony would have taken place in Edinburgh if facilities had been available there. As we have seen, Herman Lion purchased in 1795 from the city of Edinburgh a piece of ground and had it consecrated as a burial place for himself and his family. If at that time there had been an organised community in Edinburgh, one would expect that the provision of burial facilities would have been a communal matter, and the fact that Herman Lion found it necessary himself to acquire and pay for the ground on Calton Hill strongly suggests that in 1795 Edinburgh Jewry was not yet organised. So far as the writer is aware there is no positive evidence of organised divine service</page><page sequence="18">142 THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY in Edinburgh as early as 1780, or of any synagogue in Edinburgh prior to that opened in a lane off Nicholson Street in 1816.1 When the first synagogue was opened in 1816 the small community consisted of twenty families. There is some doubt as to the identity of the first minister of the Edinburgh community. Rabbi Dr. Salis Daiches writes positively that the first minister was the Rev. Moses Joel who remained in office for forty-six years and died in 1862, thus placing the year of his appointment as 1816?the year of the conscecration of the first synagogue. Dr. Roth, however, points out in The Rise of Provincial Jewry that Moses Joel was licensed2 to act as a shochet only in 1831 and he suspects that Moses Joel was preceded in office by Meir Rintel (Cohen) author of various Hebrew works, whose son, Moses Rintel, subsequently Hazan in Brighton until 1844 and later Rabbi in Australia, was born in Edinburgh in 1823. A reference to the Edinburgh directories discloses the entry 'Moses Joel, Clothier5 in the year 1825/6 but whether this relates to the Rev. Moses Joel is not known. The Rev. Moses Joel appears in Gray's Annual Directory of 1832 as Triest of the Jews', in the directory for the year 1833/34 appears the entry 'Moses Joel, Jews' eating house, 19 North Richmond Street' and the following year he is entered at the same address as the 'Reader, Jews' Synagogue'. In all probability he was appointed in or about the year 1834 and so far as the present writer is aware, there is no record of the names of his predecessors. In or about 1825 the congregation moved from the synagogue to a hall in Richmond Court and this served the needs of the community for forty-three years. Despite this evidence that the community during that period did not increase greatly in numbers, a small section, with the characteristic individuality of the Jew, seceded from the main body and maintained their own place of worship, also in Richmond Court, from 1833 till 1840. The community consisted mainly of those trading in clothing, furs and jewellery and the import of goods from the Continent. The Ashenheim Family Jacob Ashenheim was admitted a burgess of Edinburgh in 1828, paying a fee as an unfreeman. His name first appears in the directory for 1829, and the entry is found as late as 1859, in which year he was president of the Edinburgh congregation. He was a jeweller by trade. He married Malky Aaron in 1813 and had two sons, Lewis and Charles, and two daughters, Jane and Hannah. Lewis Ashenheim, born in Edinburgh in 1816, matriculated at Edinburgh University for the medical courses for the academic years commencing 1834-7 and later practised in Kingston, and in Falmouth, Jamaica. According to the minutes of St. Andrews University dated 6th August, 1839, Lewis Ashenheim had the degree of M.D. conferred on him by that university after having been carefully examined on Latin, Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Materia Medica, Surgery, Practice of Physic and Midwifery. His descendants form one of the leading families of Jamaica and the Jewish community there, and the youngest members are his great-great-great grandchildren. Neville Noel Ashenheim, a member of this family, by profession a solicitor, Past President of the Jewish community of Jamaica, and Chair? man of the Industrial Development Corporation of Jamaica, had the honour of C.B.E. 1 Dr. Roth has since suggested to me in a personal communication that the word in the Hebrew tombstone inscription in the Hambro Synagogue burial ground may possibly not be Edinburgh but Oedenburg (otherwise known as Sopron) in Hungary. 2 By Chief Rabbi Hirschell on '40 Omer 5591% according to Dr. C. Duschirsky, The Rabbinate of the Great Synagogue (1921).</page><page sequence="19">THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY 143 conferred on him in the Honours' List of 1st January, 1958. The Jewish Encyclopedia records that Lewis Ashenheim became a Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, visited Paris, Berlin and other European cities acquiring professional experience, practised for some time in London, lectured there frequently and was an active contributor to the Anglo-Jewish press. According to James Picciotto's Sketches of Anglo-Jewish History, Dr. Lewis Ashenheim when in London in 1841 became one of the contributors to and then sub-editor of the Voice of Jacob. In 1844 in Jamacia he edited, jointly with the Rev. M. N. Nathan a monthly Jewish magazine, Bikkure Hayam, the First Fruits of the West, copies of which can be seen in the Institute of Jamaica. He was a leading figure in freemasonry and held in high regard not only by his co-religionists but by the general community in the island. He passed away on 22nd October, 1858, at the early age of 42 years and was interred in the Jewish cemetery at Falmouth, Jamaica. Three pamphlets from the pen of Lewis Ashenheim are in the Edinburgh public library. The first is 'An Expose of the manner in which the Hebrew language is generally taught in Scotland, by Lewis Ashenheim, Medical Student at the University, Edinburgh : London, Printed by John Wertheimer &amp; Co., Circus Place, London Wall MDCCCXXXVI'. In this publication he attacked those whom he described as the anti-punctuists. His attack was not against the Jewish teachers but against the clergy in general, and he declared that Scotland was far behind other countries in a knowledge of 'this interesting tongue'. At the time when this pamphlet was published Lewis Ashenheim was twenty years of age. A copy of this work is in the British Museum. In 1842 appeared 'The Fallacies of Mesmerism exposed by Medicus, Kingston, Jamaica. Printed by J. R. de Cordova, 66 Harbour St. West MDCCCXLII'. The copy in the Edinburgh public library is autographed by the author. There is some doubt as to the year when Lewis Ashenheim settled in Jamaica but there is evidence that he was in London in 1841, and the date of the publication in Jamaica of his exposure of mesmerism being 1842, we can safely place the year as 1841/2. A third pamphlet was published in 1845 and the title page reads 'On Precipitate Burial amongst the Jews Theologically, Physiologically and Morally considered (A Reprint from a series of papers published in The First Fruits of the West) by Lewis Ashenheim M.D. Printed by A. D. Y. Henriques, 13 King St. Kingston, Jamaica'. The dedication of this publication is dated 8th September, 1845. Ashenheim had graduated at the time of the commencement of the public health agitation in Britain and he advocated the cause actively overseas. An obituary tribute in the Falmouth Post of 2nd November, 1858, describes him as 'the apostle of sanitary reform in Jamaica' and praises him for his conduct during a cholera epidemic that had ravaged the island a few years previously. His importance to our story, of course, lies in the fact that he was the first Jew born in Scotland to graduate at a Scottish university. According to Dr. Cecil Roth's Magna Bibliotheca Anglo-Judaica, a booklet of sixteen pages from the pen of a pseudonymous writer 'Ashenheim, Junior', was published in Edinburgh in 1844 under the title A cursory glance at the present social state of the Jewish people of Great Britain. The publishers were Messrs. Menzies. It seems probable that the author was Charles Ashenheim who took medical classes at Edinburgh University in the academic years commencing 1843,1844,1845,1847 and 1851. He finally graduated M.D. in 1853 with a thesis on Delirium Tremens. Charles Ashenheim is believed to have settled in New South Wales. A third Ashenheim named Michael matriculated at Edinburgh in 1847 for the first year's Arts course. There is no further university record of him. He is, however, probably to be identified with the 'Michel' Ashenheim</page><page sequence="20">144 THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY who had contributed four stanzas in French to the joint August-September issue of Bikkure Hayam, Jamaica, in 1844 ('Vers composes sur la mort d'une jeune et aimable enfante morte ? Tage de seize ans'). This contribution may have been sent from Scodand; for there were strong connections between the Jamaica magazine and the editor's native city. The issue for June, 1844, for example, contains an Edinburgh news item regarding the annual post-Passover celebrations or 'festival' of the Hebrew Philan? thropic Society of Edinburgh. This report is of particular interest on account of its reference to a notable friend of the community in the person of James Douglas. The celebration was held in the Synagogue Chambers in James Square. 'Mr. Ashenheim, George Street, was in the Chair and Mr. Lyons, George Street, acted as Croupier. Mr. Ashenheim proposed the customary loyal toasts with great enthusiasm. The health of Mr. Douglas, the founder of the Society?- was as usual highly celebrated as of several Christian friends who attended the festival.' Other names to be found in the Edinburgh directories during the early decades of the nineteenth century include those of Philip Levy, manufacturing furrier (1817/18), who described himself as 'the only Fur Manufacturer in Scotland' and 'Furrier to His Majesty' and also had a place of business in Glasgow, Jacob Moses (1823/4), Henry Lipman (1824/25), Jacob Lisenheim (1824/25), a family name which also appears in the early annals of Glasgow Jewry, Samuel Joseph (1826/27), Abraham Prince (1826/27), and H. Prince (1827/28). The Princes were furriers, which seems to have been the occupation of, relatively speaking, a large proportion of Jews engaged in business at that time and H. Prince, like Philip Levy, had also a branch establishment in Glasgow. Mrs. Alfred Rubens' great grandmother was nee Prince of Edinburgh. Other names which appear are those of S. S. Zempelburgh, 1828/29, teacher of German, Hebrew and Chaldee, described in the directory for the previous year as a watchmaker and jeweller, and J. Isaacs, previously referred to, whose occupation is not given. A murder trial in Edinburgh High Court in 1827 (Symes Reports 1826/29, p. 281) is the somewhat morbid source of the names of other members of the Edinburgh contemporary community. The victim was Alexander Phillips (Solomon) a dealer in furs, and three of the witnesses for the Crown were his father, Phillip Solomon, a furrier and capmaker and the victim's friends, Moses Henry Lisenheim and Solomon Flatow, a stoneware merchant. The statistical account of Scotland (Vol. I, p. 68) states that the community in 1835 consisted of twenty families. John Lazar John Lazar, who was to attain distinction in distant lands, was born in Edinburgh in 1801. As the striking colonial career of this Scottish Jew has not hitherto been well known here, it seems worth while at this point to reproduce in its entirety the official biographical account (1920), a copy of which has kindly been provided by Mr. W. C. G. Veale, presently town clerk of Adelaide, South Australia : 'The fourth person to occupy the mayoral chair was Mr. John Lazar, who was born at Edinburgh, Scotland, on 1st December, 1801. He was married in London on 2nd November, 1825, and left England for Sydney, New South Wales, by the ship Lady McNaughton in 1836. During the voyage fever broke out in the vessel and 123 deaths resulted. Mr. Lazar lost three of his children by the fever. Three others had died previously in England. Four survived ?Abraham, Samuel, Rachel and Victoria. On arrival in Sydney he was engaged in 1 Our italics.</page><page sequence="21">X^^ff^fffyu**/' " ttiirr- cr ttwr ?/s/t # ? erst. r Jw ?*&gt; //' ' , /// /' &gt; miff** w^/w///Maw// ^^vw/y.?//? Burgess Certificate of Isaac Cohen, Dated at Glasgc</page><page sequence="22">/'* //ctr/^/.C ^4*///t&gt;///&lt;/&lt;- /drtrrr/sf/tf) r/y/r/sr////&lt; .jrf ///r Sr&gt; ^a/y/&lt;f&lt;fJf^Wt/.? fjittty/. f&gt;/i?y//r fjflr,-&gt;.3 //^ ^^^^^^^^ ) ; / r&gt;f//"W (^/&lt;*&lt;- //ty /'c//y rf//f ^y //// .?f?rf/f^*/&lt;'//t*/t&gt;g/4r'*') iff ? * -/ '7J fp&amp;^,^/f^ *. ^i^u) &lt;y/f*.? * yisA*?&amp;. 4 j4-tt~S&amp; Cohen, Dated at Glasgow 22nd September, 1812</page><page sequence="23">THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY 145 the theatrical profession, and from 1836 to 1851 leased and managed various theatres in Australia including the old Victoria Theatre in Gilles Arcade, off Currie Street, Adelaide. As an actor he played with the late Mr. George Coppin, who afterwards became a member of the Melbourne City Council. On leaving the stage he went into the jewellery business in Hindley Street, Adelaide, in a shop situated where Messrs. Clutterbuck Bros.' premises now stand. In 1853 he was elected an alderman in the Adelaide City Council and continued to hold that office until 1855, when he was selected by his colleagues to occupy the mayoral chair. He was again returned to the Chief Magistracy in 1856 and 1857, and in the following year became an Alderman once more. His retirement from the City Council occurred in 1859. After a residence in South Australia of 24 years Mr. Lazar left in 1863 for New Zealand and became Clerk of the Dunedin Town Board on 4th November of that year. In 1865 the Provincial Council dissolved the Town Board by ordinance and Commissioners were appointed in its stead on 17th April. Mr. Lazar received the appointment of Clerk to the Commissioners. On 18th May following, the Provincial Council passed another ordinance under which the inhabitants of the City of Dunedin were incorporated. The first meeting of the Dunedin Council took place on 5th August, 1865, and Mr. Lazar became the Town Clerk. He continued in the position until 30th April, 1866, when he retired. The Council made him the recipient of a gratuity of ?200. As further evidence of the esteem in which he was held, he received a public presentation from the citizens before his departure from Dunedin for Hokitika, a town on the western coast of the South Island. There he was made Town Clerk shortly after his arrival in 1866. In 1873 he was appointed County Treasurer and subsequently became Provincial Treasurer when the county gave way to provincialism. Shortly after the latter appointment he retired into private life. He was initiated as a Freemason in Sydney in 1838 and held the office of Provincial Deputy Grand Master of South Australia. In 1871 he was installed as Provincial District Grand Master of Westland, and held the office until his death on 7th June, 1879. He was a prominent member of the Jewish congregations in South Australia and New Zealand. Mr. Lazar's remains were interred in Hokitika cemetery, where a very handsome monument was erected on his grave by the Freemasons of Westland'. A temporary Jewish resident of Edinburgh also appears to merit mention. This was the Hebraist and mathematician Hirsch Filipowski of Wirballen, Lithuania. According to Daiches1 he came to London in 1839 and worked in Edinburgh at some time between 1850 and 1860. There che achieved fame as a mathematician and probably also established a Hebrew printing press'. He is stated to have been a friend of Israel Lissa who is named in the directory for 1857. The Cemetery : and Estimates of Population At the same time as the first Synagogue was opened the Edinburgh community acquired ground in Braid Place, Causewayside, duly consecrated as a cemetery. This was the first communal burial place in Scotland, the ground at the Calton Hill previously referred to having been the property of an individual, Herman (otherwise Heyman) Lion. The Braid Place cemetery is small and the tombstones cover little more than half its area. There is no existing record of the names of those who were laid to rest in this ground and it is certain that many lie there who have been denied even that faint claim on the attention of posterity, provided by a weathered and decaying epitaph. 1 Article in Jewish Chronicle, 6 May, 1938. K</page><page sequence="24">146 THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY Indeed some of the headstones are not only bereft of their inscriptions, but have partially disappeared by erosion. This cemetery, which is small in extent, served the needs ot the Edinburgh Jewish community for about sixty years; a portion of the Echo Bank cemetery was then purchased with sums raised by public subscription. This suggests that the community increased in numbers very slowly. In the interesting appendix to Cecil Roth's The Rise of Provincial Jewry, we find numerical estimates of the Jewish populations of Edinburgh and Glasgow as reported in connection with the vote in the Chief Rabbinate election of 1844. The figures were 107 and 128 respectively; smaller, that is to say, than those given for several English provincial towns as well as for Dublin and for Swansea though large enough to mark the two Scottish burghs as fairly important centres of contemporary Jewish settlement. It was not until the closing decades of the century that the new waves of immigration from the Continent brought any substantial addition to the numbers of the Edinburgh Jewish community. Those immigrants, who chiefly resided in the Dairy district of the city and set up a place of worship in Caledonian Crescent, were largely engaged in the waterproof clothing industry. At the time of writing (1957) the Jewish population of Edinburgh is estimated to be just short of 1,500. Later Edinburgh Synagogues and Ministers In September, 1868, Ross House situated in Park Place was adapted as a synagogue (with a house for the minister above it) and there the community worshipped until 1896 when the ground was required for city improvements; it later formed a portion of the site of the University Union. The old synagogue in Richmond Court had meanwhile been turned into dwelling-houses. A chapel in Graham Street was acquired and converted into a synagogue consecrated in 1898. Here the community worshipped for many years until, after amalgamation with two smaller congregations which had set up separate places of worship, a new synagogue was built in Salisbury Road and consecrated on 11th September, 1932, under the ministry of the late Rabbi Doctor Salis Daiches. Following on the death of the Rev. Moses Joel in 1862 several ministers held office for short periods. They were Mr. Elkan, a British born minister who shortly afterwards left Edinburgh for New Zealand; Mr. Rosebaum, who was later rninister in Plymouth; Mr. Abraham Harfield who officiated from 1864 to 1866 in Edinburgh and subsequentiy in the United States; Mr. B. Rittenberg, who served from 1864 to 1873 and then went to Jamaica; Mr. Albu, a native of Berlin, who left Edinburgh for London; and Mr. S. Davidson, who held office from 1874 until nearly the end of 1878. In 1879 the Rev. J. F?rst received the appointment and held it until shortly before his death in 1918. He was succeeded by the late Rabbi Dr. Daiches who brought distinction to his office and to the community not only by his rninistrations but by his scholarship. Glasgow : Early Jewish Residents Today the Glasgow Jewish community is by far the largest in Scotland, their numbers being estimated at 20,000. This cornmunity was constituted in 1823 and in some respects its development has followed a pattern similar to that of the community in Edinburgh. There is no evidence of the settlement even of individual Jews in Glasgow prior to the nineteenth century, although there is a record of a Jewish convert to the dominant faith who was in the city towards the end of the eighteenth century and during the short time he resided there preached in church to large congregations and was received and entertained by many of the leading citizens. He was ultimately</page><page sequence="25">THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY 147 exposed as an adventurer and found it necessary or advisable to depart the city at short notice. The first reference we have to a Jewish settler in Glasgow relates to one Isaac Cohen, hatter, who on 22nd September, 1812, having taken the oath in the prescribed form, was admitted a burgess of the city of Glasgow eat far hand5?that is, he bore no relationship to a freeman of the city. It will have been noted that, prior to 1846, when exclusive privileges of trading were abolished by statute, several Jews received licences from the Edinburgh Town Council to carry on businesses or professions. There is no record of any such licences having been issued by the Glasgow Town Council but as will be seen some Glasgow Jews were in the early decades of the nineteenth century admitted burgesses and one may assume that the preliminary oath implying adherence to the dominant faith was regarded as a matter of form rather than belief. Isaac Cohen is said to have come from Manchester and there is a legend that he introduced the silk hat to Scotland. This is the earliest record in the annals of the Jewish community of Glasgow and Isaac Cohen can be regarded as the earliest known member of that community. Emmanuel Cohen, his son (or grandson), who died on 3rd January, 1890, aged 73, carried on business in the city and held office in the administration of the synagogue, and his lineal descendants?Mr. Reginald Levy, a well known Glasgow dentist, prominent in the scout movement, and Mrs. Beryl Levy?are today members of the Garnethill Hebrew Congregation. In the Glasgow Chronicle of 28th January, 1817, we find the advertisement of P. Levy, furrier, whose name has already appeared in these pages in relation to the Edinburgh community. The Glasgow directories of the period are a source of authentic information as to some of the members of the community in those early years. In McFeat's directory for 1819 appears the firm name of M. H. Schwabe and Gobert, merchants, 76 Brunswick Street. The Schwabes were a family of prosperous merchants who ultimately assimilated. The name reappears later in these pages in connection with a curious incident in 1860 connected with the Old Cemetery at the Glasgow Necropolis. Among the members of this family were H. L. Schwabe residing at 54 West Nile Street and L. Schwabe of 8 Blythswood Square, as also in all probability were A. F. Schwab and Adolphus Schwab, whose names were spelled without the final 'e\ Jewish Occupations in Glasgow In the directory for 1822 there appears for the first time the name Michael which, in different records, is spelled variously 'Michael', 'Michaels', Micheal', and 'Micheals', The entry relates to the firm of J. and H. Michael, 'Agents, Auctioneers and Furniture Warehouse', 12 Candleriggs. Jonas Michael was the head of this family which included Samuel, Henry, David and Michael Michael. They were at various times auctioneers, cabinet-makers, wood merchants, mahogany and veneer merchants and muslin and shawl commission merchants. Samuel H. Michaels was, on 24th July, 1823, through the Incorporation of Hammermen, admitted a burgess of the City and Guild brother. The leading member of the community circa 1823 and for many years thereafter was David Davis, an optical and mathematical instrument maker, who founded a pros? perous and well known firm of jewellers in the city. David Davis and Jonas Michael were not always in accord and, as the latter, with his sons, mustered eight for 'minyan' he was a force to be reckoned with in a cornmunity where it must have been at times difficult to secure the ten confirmed Hebrews necessary for public worship. In the early</page><page sequence="26">148 THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY eighteen thirties David Davis and Jonas Michael fell out and Jonas Michael organised Divine service in his own home. Davis retaliated by withholding from the Michael group facilities for obtaining Kosher meat. Michael thereupon made arrangements to secure his supplies from Edinburgh, but Davis had sufficient influence to have this source of supply stopped. Michael Michael, a son of Jonas, had been licensed as a schochet in 1826. He was able to supply his father and his adherents with all the Kosher meat they required. Michael Michael at the age of 28, died in 1833, and Jonas Michael applied for permission to have him interred in the cemetery recently acquired at the Necropolis. It is on record that permission was granted, but only on payment of a charge higher than usual, and the interment took place on 23rd October, 1833. No more is heard of this early rift in the small community but one has the impression that David Davis in the end prevailed. Two headstones in the Jewish burial ground at Janefield cemetery probably relate to members of this family?Auguste Michael, born 1821, who died on 14th April, 1871, and Moses Michael, who died aged 76, the date of his birth on his memorial stone being indecipherable. In 1828 there is a directory entry relating to Joseph Levi, quill merchant, who, as will be seen, died in the first Glasgow epidemic of cholera which killed over 2,800 victims, and was the first person to be interred at the old Jewish cemetery near Glasgow cathedral. In the same directory Moses Benjamin is recorded as a furrier at 68 George Street. In 1829 there appears for the first time an entry relating to Woolf Levy, a furrier, who resided at 29 Hutcheson Street and carried on business at 8 Hutcheson Street and 42 Argyll Arcade, from which it may be inferred that he was related to and succeeded Philip Levy already mentioned. Woolf Levy was one of the leading members of the community and he was a burgess, being a member of the Incorporation of Skinners. A relatively large proportion of the community traded as furriers. In 1838 there appear for the first time the names of Philip Asher, stationer and general agent, and Mrs. P. Asher, furrier, both of 5 King Street. Thereafter for many years until 1895, the name of Mrs. Asher appears alone. Philip and Hannah Asher were the parents of Dr. Asher Asher, a distinguished son of Glasgow Jewry, whose record is referred to later. Philip Asher died in 1862, aged 72, but his widow, Hannah Asher (born in Amsterdam) survived until 1901, when she died at the advanced age of 96. Other early and pre-Victorian names are those of Lehman Lesser, general merchant; Simon Prince, quill merchant; G. T. Ascher, French fancy goods dealer; Moses Henry Lisenheim, mentioned earlier in these pages, Morris Lyons, artificial flower manufacturer; Sales Schwabe, admitted a member of the Merchants' House in 1832 and described as a son of E. H. Schwabe, merchant, 'Oldenburgh', Samuel Davis and H. Prince, furrier, 37 Argyll Arcade, whose name appears also in the Edinburgh directories of the period. G. T. Ascher, referred to above?in no way related to the family of Dr. Asher Asher?was born in Naugard, Prussia, in 1795. He left Glasgow and settled in Montreal where he was President of the Congregation of Spanish and Portuguese Jews for thirty years. His son, Isidore G. Ascher, born in Glasgow in 1837, when an infant accompanied his father to Montreal, graduated at McGill university and became a member of the Canadian bar. He spent the later years of his life in London where he acquired some distinction as a minor poet. He was a regular contributor to the Poets' Corner of leading London newspapers, and his book, One hundred and five Sonnets was published by Blackwell of Oxford in 1912. The present writer met him in 1912 and again in 1923. He died in London in 1933 at the age of 96. Michael Russell, described on his memorial stone in Janefield as 'the eldest son of the late Samuel Russell of Sheerness' died on 9th October, 1890, at</page><page sequence="27">THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY 149 the age of 72. He was almost certainly a member of the family originally named Levy (referred to by Dr. Cecil Roth in The Rise of Provincial Jewry) which provided Henry Russell, the song composer, William Clark Russell, novelist and nautical writer, Sir Herbert Russell, the war correspondent and Sir Landon Ronald, conductor of the Scottish and other orchestras and principal of the London Guildhall School of Music. Crawcour the Dentist So far we have glanced at some of those who formed the Glasgow community in its early years but a notice appeared in the Glasgow Herald of 25th August, 1831, relating to visitors to the city in these words : 'It will be seen by the advertisement of Messrs. Crawcour, the eminent dentists, that they are now on a professional visit to this city. They have just completed a set of pearl teeth for the Emperor of Persia which they invite the nobility, gentry and gentlemen of the faculty to inspect previous to its being sent off for the Persian monarch. We believe this is the only set of teeth ever made in Europe for the same illustrious personage'. The Glasgow Herald of 7th June, 1956, brought to light the story of this visit to Glasgow one hundred and twenty five years before, and quoted from the advertisement of the Crawcours, who are described as the old established London firm of surgeon dentists, and who intimated to the nobility, gentry and inhabitants of Glasgow and its vicinity a grand discovery for the teeth. From their residence in the house of Mrs. Johnston at Number 1 St. Vincent Street, they promised to demonstrate and apply to the public their celebrated mineral succedaneum for filling decayed teeth which continues to give universal satisfaction and is highly recommended by the faculty of London and Paris. The advertisement announced that cthe nature of the unrivalled mineral succedaneum is such that the cavity which retains it will, in the space of a second, become as hard and as durable as the natural enamel and by its means arrest the progress of further decay, or any unpleasant effect of atmosphere. The operation is performed in about two minutes without the slightest pain, inconvenience or pressure. Patronised by the Royal Family and the most distinguished nobility of Great Britain, Ireland and France'. The advertisement proceeds to advance the claims of Messrs. Crawcour's incorridible teeth, incapable of discoloration or corrosion, which, when fixed in the mouth, either single or in sets, could not be distinguished from those placed there by the hand of nature 'giving a youthful appearance and likewise guaranteed to masticate and articulate ; give perfect sound of Articulation, more particularly the Dento Lingual Double Consonant (TH)'. There is the further assurance that the Messrs. Crawcour 'use neither wire nor any other ligature but fix the teeth on a peculiar principle, so as to support the adjoining ones whilst pressure on the gums is avoided'. Dr. Cecil Roth, in The Rise of Provincial Jewryin the chapter devoted to Jersey and the Channel Islands, states that among the local families was, according to family tradition, that of Crawcour, a dentist said to have originated the amalgam filling of teeth, and in the chapter on Norwich he records that a cemetery there was acquired in 1813 in the names of Barnett Crawcour, dentist, and three others. One of the brothers who visited Glasgow in 1831 was Barnett Crawcour whose daughter, Hannah (who died in 1920, aged 93) became the second wife of Benjamin Simons, fruit broker, in Glasgow and the mother of Phillip Barnett Simons, solicitor in Glasgow, who survived until 1948. Fanny Alexander Crawcour, Barnett Crawcour's widow died on 29th November, 1885, in her 92nd year and is interred at Janefield Cemetery, Glasgow, as also are her daughter Hannah and her three other daughters^ Emma Esther Crawcour, who died in July, 1894, in her 77th</page><page sequence="28">150 THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY year; Fanny Crawcour, wiio died on 8th September, 1917, in her 99th year; and Sarah Barczinsky nee Crawcour, who died on 19th December, 1928, in her 99th year? a remarkable record of family longevity. Glasgow Synagogues It was not until 1823 that the first synagogue was consecrated in Glasgow. This was situated on the first floor of a building on the west side of High Street within a few yards of Trongate and it may be said that the Glasgow Jewish community, as such, was formally founded in or about that year. The congregation, which was small in numbers, moved about 1837 to other accommodation in Old Post Office Court. The back premises at that address, adapted as a synagogue, had at one time formed part of the Glasgow Post Office, and afterwards of the offices of the Glasgow Herald, and remains of this building can still be seen if approached through No. 114 Trongate. From there the congregation (or part of it) proceeded to worship in the Andersonian University, then at 204 George Street, and in 1850 they again moved, this time to top-floor rooms approached through the first entry on the south side of Howard Street, east of Jamaica Street. There the congregation, still small in numbers, continued to worship until 1858 when they consecrated a synagogue?the first in the city specially erected for the purpose ?at the corner of George Street and John Street, the site of which is now incorporated in the Royal Technical College. There the community remained until 1879 when Garnethill Synagogue, which has been called the Cathedral Synagogue of Scotland, was consecrated. It is a point of interest that there is inserted into the west wall of the ladies gallery, behind the present choir box in Garnethill Synagogue, a piece of stained glass bearing the date a.m. 5619?the year (1858) of the consecration of the synagogue at the corner of George Street and John Street, and removed from there when Garnethill Synagogue was erected. Having traced the movements of the congregation since it was first constituted we see that the Garnethill Hebrew Congregation can place the year of its foundation as 1823. During the nineteenth century the Garnethill congregation was known as the Glasgow Hebrew Congregation. A branch of the congregation was inaugurated about 1887 and worshipped in the Standard Hall, Main Street, Gorbals. Eleven years later this branch synagogue obtained complete autonomy, but both congre? gations formed the United Synagogue of Glasgow. In 1899 a site was purchased in South Portland Street and the whole community joined to raise funds to build a synagogue there. This synagogue, known as the South Portland Street Synagogue, and later as the Great Synagogue, was consecrated in 1901. In or about 1881 an independent congregation, with a small membership, opened a synagogue at 2 Commerce Street. It was known as the New Hebrew Congregation and they acquired a burial ground of their own, used first in November, 1881, situated at Craigton cemetery. As the twentieth century progressed other synagogues were, at different times, opened to serve the needs of a community, steadily growing in numbers, and gradually moving to outlying residential districts of the city. David Davis had ceased to be president of the congregation prior to 1858 but he was still resident in the city and a member of the congregation in 1860. He ultimately retired to London. Benjamin Simons, already referred to, had arrived in Glasgow via Newcastle and Edinburgh in the eighteen forties and in 1857, when the congregation were contemplating an ambitious scheme for the construction of a synagogue, he became hon. treasurer. The following year the property at the corner of John Street and George</page><page sequence="29">THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY 151 Street was acquired, the title being taken in name of cAbram Harris, Wholesale Watch Manufacturer, Glasgow, Benjamin Simons, Fruit Merchant, there, Henry Levy of the Shakespeare Saloon, Saltmarket, there, Samuel Levenston, Medical Student, there, and Samuel Morris, Commission Merchant, there', in trust for the congregation, and a mortgage was obtained from 'The Trustees for David Harris and Henry Harris presently residing in Rogasen County, Posen, Prussia', children of Joseph Levi Harris, sometime jeweller, Dublin, believed to be a brother of Abram Harris. At the date of the conse? cration of this synagogue in 1858 Solomon Themans, a cigar merchant, was president? but only for a year?Benjamin Simons was hon. treasurer and I. Solomon, hon. secretary. In 1870 there was a secession of seatholders, as distinct from members, who farmed themselves into the Glasgow New Hebrew Congregation and applied to the Chief Rabbi, the Rev. Dr. Nathan Marcus Adler, for recognition. The result was the first official visit to Glasgow by the Chief Rabbi in 1871, accompanied by his son and successor, Herman Adler. In 1875 a special meeting of the members resolved to erect a new synagogue with more accommodation, those present at the meeting being Samuel Morris, president, Julius Frankenburgh, treasurer, Michael Simons, secretary, Henry Samuel, Benjamin Simons, A. Jacob, M. Stremer, David Heilbron, H. Alperovitch, L. Bloom, Isidor Morris, D. A'Albert, E. Cohen, M. T. Cohen, S. Woolf, W. Kuttner, J. Lewis, S. L. Abrahamson and N. Solomon. A committee was formed which ultimately acquired the site on which Garnethill Synagogue was erected, the title being taken in names of 'Benjamin Simons, Fruit Broker in Glasgow, Michael Simons, Fruit Broker, there, Samuel Morris, Commission Merchant, there, Julius Frankenburg, Manufacturer, there and Samuel Levenston, Physician, there' as trustees for the congregation. Samuel Levenston had been one of the trustees in 1858, being then described as a medical student. He graduated M.D. at Glasgow University in 1859 and died in Glasgow in 1914 at the age of 93. Jewish Ministers in Glasgow James Cleland, who, as mentioned later, made a census of the community in 1831 named Moses (Henry) Lisenheim as 'Priest, Hebrew Teacher and Killer', but there is no record of his certification. In the list of shochetim from the E. N. Adler MSS. contained in Dr. C. Duschinsky's book. The Rabbinate of the Great Synagogue, London 1756-1842 (published in an edition of 250 copies by the Oxford University Press in 1921) there occurs the name of Moses Lisenheim, licensed in 1838 and stated to be 'of Schoenlanke'. It is not known if he was identical with the Moses Lisenheim already mentioned, but as the latter had resided and practised in Glasgow for years prior to 1838 it is probable that he is not the person referred to in the list. Dr. Duschinsky mentions that the MSS. contain a letter written by Chief Rabbi Hirschel, sometime between 1830 and 1842, concerning the Glasgow congregation but he does not quote or give any indication of its contents. Michael Michael previously mentioned, received his certificate from Chief Rabbi Solomon Hirschel, as did also Solomon Sternburgh. From the position of their names in the Chief Rabbi's list it would appear that Michael was authorised in December, 1825, or January, 1826, and Sternburgh some months later in 1826. When the congregation worshipped in Howard Street, Rabbi Sholum was the spiritual leader of the community. There is no record of his appointment but, in 1858, when the synagogue at George Street and John Street was opened the congregational records bear that he was superannuated at full salary. At the consecration in 1858 the Rev. Dr. Mayer was minister of the congregation. Dr. Mayer resigned in 1859 prior</page><page sequence="30">152 THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY to emigrating to America and the same year the Rev. Marks Alperovich was appointed reader and held office until he retired in 1877, to be succeeded by the Rev. Isaac Levine who had been appointed assistant reader in 1875. The Rev. Isaac Levine officiated as reader at George Street and then at Garnethill until his death in October, 1921. He was the father of the Rev. Ephraim Levine, of the late Arthur Levine, the well known actuary, and of Jack Levine, senior warden of the Garnethill congregation for many years, and of Israel Levine, professor of philosophy at Exeter. The Rev. E. P. Phillips was appointed minister in November, 1878, and served the community for fifty years. He retired in 1929 and died in October, 1943, at the age of 88. The Phillips family have a remarkable record in the Jewish ministry. The Rev. Isaac Phillips of Portsmouth and the Rev. Phillip Phillips were brothers. The Rev. Jacob Phillips and the Rev. Lewis Phillips were sons, and the Rev. Henry Phillips Silverman, of Kingston, Jamaica, is a grandson of the Rev. Isaac Phillips and the Rev. E. P. Phillips was a son of the Rev. Philip Phillips. The Glasgow Jewish Cemetery The oldest Jewish landmark in Glasgow is the Jewish cemetery in the Glasgow Necropolis in the vicinity of Glasgow Cathedral. Prior to the consecration of this burial place it is said that the earliest Jewish residents in the city conveyed the remains of their deceased relatives by road to Edinburgh for interment in the Jewish cemetery in Braid Place there. There is no trace today on any of the head stones in the old cemetery in Edinburgh of the names of Glasgow residents, but during the second and third decades of the nineteenth century the community was so small that such interments must indeed have been few in number. The Merchants' House of Glasgow resolved in 1829 to convert their lands known as Fir Park into a large cemetery laid out after the style of the Pere la Chaise cemetery of Paris. Before the Merchants' House had completed their plans they were approached by the leaders of the community for accommodation and the transaction is thus recorded in the first annual report of the Glasgow Necropolis : 'The Chief of the Synagogue sent, offering to purchase possession of a burial-place before any arrangements were completed or prices fixed, stating frankly that they had a specific sum raised and laid aside for the purpose, and their desire to have such accommodation as could be given for it. There was a corner with a few trees in the end of the park next the burn, where freestone had been wrought, and which seemed peculiarly adapted for the purpose, and least likely to interfere with any future operations. The request was accordingly complied with, although the price, when calculated, according to what has afterwards been obtained from others, has proved a trifle under the average. The payment of tribute upon interments was considered inconsistent with their religious ideas; and their mode of interment being peculiar, and such as the committee would certainly wish to see generally introduced, of preserving the spot where any remains have ever been deposited from being used again, the fees which were not then fixed were also agreed to be given up in their case'. The reference in this quotation to the burn is to the Molendinar which then flowed a few yards to the west but which has disappeared underground since the construction of a roadway skirting part of the west boundary of the Necropolis. The purchase was completed in 1830 at the price of one hundred guineas and, in the certificate of sale, the ground was declared to be 'for a possession of a burying place for the burial of the dead of the said Synagogue in Glasgow for ever'. The committee who carried the matter through on behalf of the synagogue were Samuel Davis, Woolf Levy, Henry Prince and David Davis, This small burial</page><page sequence="31">THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY 153 ground, having an area of approximately 150 square yards, is marked by a monumental column and gateway. The gateway, incorporating cast iron lettering is badly dilapidated. The pedestal of the column was engraved with Byron's verses the last of which reads : 'Tribes of the wandering foot and weary breast, Where shall ye flee away and be at rest, The wild dove hath her nest, the fox his cave, Mankind their country?Israel but the grave'. The tombstones in this old cemetery are covered by soil and have all but disappeared and the ground itself has been thickly planted with shrubs. This cemetery at the Necropolis served the needs of the community from 1832 until 1851?the first interment, that of Joseph Levi, a quill merchant, a victim of the great cholera epidemic of 1832, having taken place on 12th September, 1832, and the last interment on 19th December, 1851. Unless steps are taken now to renovate and preserve the monumental column, and what is left of the cast iron gateway, this relic of early Glasgow Jewry will inevitably disappear. Two memorial stones are erected outside the wall close to the column. One of these stones marks the last resting place of one whose remains were denied interment in the consecrated ground in respect that he had married out of the faith. It is believed that the person who lies beneath the other stone, bearing the date 9th August, 1847, was denied burial within the cemetery as the result of some communal disagreement? perhaps that referred to in a later paragraph. A complete list of all those interred in this ground between 1832 and 1851 is given in an annexe to this paper. The Glasgow Necropolis itself was not ready for use until 1833 so that the first interment in any part of this great cemetery was that of Joseph Levi. Mr. J. S. Rubin? stein of London (grandfather of Harold Rubinstein, the dramatist) wrote to the Glasgow Evening Citizen of 1st March, 1894, with some interesting reminiscences. He came to Glasgow as a boy in 1829 and he recalled the burial of the cholera victim, Joseph Levi, at which he was present with two men. It was impossible to secure the attendance of any one else partly because of the fear of infection. Much lime and water were placed in the coffin before the lid was screwed down and a watch had to be kept on the grave for sometime after the burial as a protection against body snatchers. No doubt Rubin? stein and his friends had in mind the Burke and Hare trials of three years before. It is not clear whether the lime and water were thought to hasten the process of decomposition and thus render the remains valueless for the purposes of dissection?or were intended as a protection against infection?probably the latter. Dr. Cecil Roth in his Anglo Jewish Letters publishes a translation of a letter in Hebrew addressed to J. S. Rubinstein at Glasgow by his teacher Mordecai Aaron Ginsberg and written from Germany. This cemetery at the Necropolis became the focus for a communal difference when feelings ran high and which culminated in proceedings in the Glasgow Sheriff Court in the eighteen forties. In April, 1842, it was resolved by a majority of the congregation, then worshipping in the Old Post Office Court in Candleriggs, to remove to what was regarded as more suitable accommodation and forming part of the Andersonian University or Institutes medical school, then situated at 204 George Street, and not to be confused with the synagogue later erected at the corner of George Street and John Street. The minority declined to accept the decision of the majority on the ground that the Andersonian Institute was a medical college, possessing a dissecting room, and that it was contrary to the principles of Orthodox Judaism to hold religious services under the same roof</page><page sequence="32">154 THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY as covered the dissection of human bodies. The majority, led by David Davis, removed to the Andersonian Institute and the minority, led by Woolf Levy, continued to worship at the Old Post Office Court. It was not long before the controversy became acute in respect that the majority asserted its ownership of the Necropolis burial ground and claimed the right to refuse the privilege of interment to the minority. Solomon Davies, one of the minority group, died on 2nd October, 1843, and his interment was carried out the following day in face of protests from David Davis and his supporters. An action was thereupon raised in tie sheriff court by David Davis and two others as representing the majority to interdict Woolf Levy and another as representing the minority from the use of the cemetery. The majority claimed that on democratic principles they were the true synagogue of the city in sole right of the burial ground, the minority pleading, for the reasons already stated, that the majority were acting contrary to Jewish law and that they, the minority still worshipping in the old synagogue in the Candleriggs, represented the true synagogue of Glasgow. Sheriff Glassford Bell ultimately decided in favour of the majority, his judgment being issued on 29th September, 1845. An appeal was taken to the Sheriff Principal, Sir Archibald Allison (an erudite lawyer and internationally known for his History of Europe) who upheld Sheriff Glassford Bell. Woolf Levy, leader of the minority, was interred in the cemetery on 11th November, 1845, as at which date Sheriff Principal Allison had not issued his judgment in the appeal. The probability is that interim interdict was refused pending the decision of the action on the merits. The two groups were known respectively as the old congregation and the new congregation and in the year 1844 they both voted in the election for the Chief Rabbinate, each for a different unsuccessful candidate. The congregation became reunited at the time of, or shortly before, the removal of the synagogue to Howard Street in or about the year 1850 and the breach caused by this long forgotten controversy was healed. An occurrence, which may be unique in the annals of any Jewish community, is recorded in the synagogue minutes for July, 1860. The president, Mr. A. Harris, reported that Mr. Schwabe had removed the bodies of his children from the old cemetery at the Necropolis, presumably for interment elsewhere, and that without any authority from the court and without the knowledge of the synagogue council. In a letter to the Chief Rabbi who was asked for his advice, it was stated that Mr. Schwabe had verbally offered to have the bodies and the tombstones returned. The president and Mr. Benjamin Simons, the hon. treasurer, were instructed to wait upon the procurator fiscal (the public prosecutor) and place the matter in his hands unless the bodies were returned the following day. There is no record of what transpired but later minutes disclose that it was agreed to inform the superintendent of the Necropolis that the council desired the remains of the Schwabe children, together with the tombstones, returned to the cemetery. There this curious story ends so far as the records are concerned. The writer recalls a conversation he had in the year 1911 with Henry Davis, then over eighty years of age, who was a son of David Davis and had been born and lived throughout his long life in Glasgow. Henry Davis remembered the incident and explained the motive of the Schwabe family as an attempt to remove all traces of their Jewish affiliations before emigrating to America. He said that the incident created a great sensation in the community at the time. Some twenty years ago enquiries were made in the United States which established that this Schwabe family were not related to the well known family of steel makers of the same name, which originated in Holland and, so far as is known, were never members of any Jewish community.</page><page sequence="33">THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY 155 As we have seen, the last interment in the Necropolis took place in December, 1851. In January, 1853, the congregation then worshipping in Howard Street, purchased from the Glasgow East Necropolis Company ground in Gallowgate which formed part of Janefield cemetery. The area was 900 square yards, about six times that of the old Necropolis ground. The first interment in Janefield, that of Joseph Nathan, was in February, 1856. There is no reliable record, so far as the present writer is aware, of any other ground in use between 1851 and 1856. There is a suggestion, for which no conclusive evidence is available, that in the eighteen seventies some Jewish bones were removed to Craigton cemetery from ground on a site (not far distant from the old Necropolis ground) now occupied by College Goods Station in High Street, and then occupied by Glasgow University, which included a church and graveyard. It seems unlikely that for more than four years the community was without a cemetery but no authentic information on the matter is available. Glasgow Jewish Statistics The first and only official census of the Jews of Glasgow was made by James Cleland, ll.d., who was responsible for a census of the city in 1831. He published a book entitled Enumeration of The Inhabitants of the City of Glasgow and County of Lanark for the Government Census of 1831, in which the following passage occurs at page 72 in the section relating to religious bodies : 'A Jews' Synagogue was opened in this city in September, 1823, Mr. Moses Lisenheim is their Priest, Hebrew Teacher and Killer. The Feast of Tabernacles, which used to be celebrated by the Glasgow Jews in Edinburgh, is now observed in this City. A Burial Ground is about to be opened in Hutchesontown for the interment of the Seed of Abraham. Edward Davies, a son of Mr. Edward Davies Optician, was the first that was circumcised in Glasgow; the rite was performed by Mr. Michael on 18th July, 1824'. On page 188 (Note E in the Addenda) the record of the census is given by Cleland in the following words : cAs the Jews resident in Glasgow are too small to be classified in themselves, they are included in the list of sectarians. The Jews are 47 in number, viz., Males 28?Females 19;?above 20 years of age, 28?below do., 19. Born in the following countries, viz., In Prussian Poland, 11 ?in various parts of Germany, 12?in Holland, 3?in London, 5?inSheerness, 10?and in Glasgow, 6'. The reference by Cleland to a burial ground in Hutchesontown (instead of the Glasgow Necropolis) is an error which was corrected in the New Statistical Account of Scotland, published in 1845 in the article on 'Glasgow', the authorship of which was shared by Cleland. It may be further observed that the reference to 'Edward Davies' the father should be to David Davis, already referred to, who as will shortly be noted, had a son named Edward. Notwithstanding these slips James Cleland had and has a deserved reputation as a statist and one need have no hesitation in accepting his figures as accurate. The community was indeed small in numbers in 1831, and it may be claimed that the names appearing earlier in these pages of members of the community in its early years represent, with their families, the majority of the Jewish residents of the city at that time. The development of the community throughout the nineteenth century was slow and, although no accurate statistics are available, it may be estimated that in 1879 when Garnethill synagogue was consecrated the population of the community did not exceed 1,000. By the turn of the century it may have reached 5,000 and in 1957, as an estimate only, the community is computed to number 20,000 more or less.</page><page sequence="34">156 THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY Glasgow Jewish Notabilities Before we leave the Glasgow Community let us recall some of the men who helped to mould it in its early years. Reference has already been made to David Davis who was the first to hold the reins as leader and who served the community for twenty years. He founded a firm of wholesale jewellers whose successors still trade in the city although the Davis family have long ceased their connection with it. David Davis was resident in Glasgow for about forty years but it is believed that he ultimately retired to London where he died. His two sons, Edward and Henry, who succeeded to the family business, drifted away from the community but Henry Davis was still alive in Glasgow in 1911 and died shortly thereafter. Edward Davis, who died at Cheltenham in 1911, left substantial legacies to Scottish Hospitals, the Royal and Western Infirmaries, Glasgow, received ?16,000 each, the Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow, ?10,000, the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, ?2,000, and the Royal Infirmary, Dundee, ?1,600. Asher Asher, M.D., born in Glasgow in 1837, graduated at Glasgow University in 1856?the first Jewish graduate of that university. He was also in the same year a Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He was a son of Philip and Hannah Asher and a great grandson of Rabbi Zeev Wolf of Lublin, Poland. He started life without the advantage of wealth or social position. He practised medicine in and near Glasgow for a few years and, for a short period, was secretary of the Glasgow Hebrew Congregation. In 1862 he went to London and practised there for a few years. Dr. Asher Asher was adviser on Jewish affairs to Baron Lionel de Rothschild, over whom he had great influence and he became almoner to the Rothschild family. In 1866 he was appointed secretary to the Great Synagogue. He devoted his ability and energy to the promotion of the Act of Parliament which constituted the United Synagogue, which body he served as secretary until his death in 1889. In 1910 as a tribute to his father's memory, his son the late Samuel G. Asher, donated to Glasgow University a sum of money, and a die for a medal, for the provision of an annual prize in the class of diseases of the throat and nose. Benjamin Simons settled in Glasgow in the eighteen forties, and founded the firm now known as Simons and Co. Ltd., probably the largest firm of fruit brokers in the world, with establishments in Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Southampton and New York. His son, Michael Simons, born in London in 1842, came to Glasgow with his father, and when he died in 1925 he had a distinguished career of public and communal service to his credit. He was a leading member of the town council for many years as also a magistrate and a deputy lieutenant for the county of the city of Glasgow. A polished speaker, generous and broadminded in his sympathies, and of a distinguished presence, he was rightiy regarded as one of the first citizens of the city. He served as secretary of the congregation for twenty four years and was closely associated with the affairs of the community throughout a long and useful life. David Heilbron, who became a member of the congregation in 1871, was the head of a family which was closely associated with the community in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and one of his sons is the distinguished scientist, Professor Sir Ian Heilbron, d.s.o., ll.d. Dundee Outwith Edinburgh and Glasgow the communities of Scottish Jewry are small and of comparatively recent origin. The community in Dundee originated in 1874 when there was consecrated the first synagogue in Murraygate. Despite the small numbers</page><page sequence="35">THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY 157 of the congregation, another synagogue was opened in Ward Road. One of its founders was Elias Bloch, father of Sir Maurice Bloch, and of the late Joseph Bloch, j.p. If it is a characteristic of small Jewish communities to divide, it is equally in character that they again unite, and this happened in Dundee in 1885 when the two sections came together and again worshipped as one congregation. At that time there were about fifty Jewish families in Dundee, most of whom were of Polish or Russian origin, but there were one or two families of wealthy Jewish merchants of German origin engaged in the jute trade who, seventy years ago, were tending towards assimilation. A new synagogue in Meadow Street was consecrated by the Dundee community in 1920. Aberdeen The Aberdeen Jewish community, which consists of a few families only, is neverthe? less organised, but so far as the nineteenth century is concerned, it has little or no history. Reference has already been made to the practice at certain Scottish universities in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries of conferring degrees by recommendation, without written or oral examination, and this was specially true of Aberdeen. It was the custom both at the university of Aberdeen and King's College, and at Marischal College and University to confer the degree of M.D. on anyone who was prepared to pay the fee and who could find two members of the senatus to sponsor him. Many Jewish physicians in London and elsewhere thus secured Aberdeen degrees but, as none of them are thought ever to have resided there, their significance in relation to the story of Scottish Jewry is slight. Other Communities A small Jewish community existed in Inverness for a time but is now dissolved. A small Jewish community has developed in Ayr. For the rest there are a few Jewish families scattered throughout Scotland?among the hills and glens of the highlands and in the agricultural and pastoral counties of the lowlands?but they are not in any way organised and have no position in or influence on Scottish Jewry as a whole. The history of Scotland for many centuries, and until comparatively recent times, has for its background the national struggle in defence of its civil and religious liberty and the people of the country are, taking them by and large, broadminded and tolerant. There never has been any widely supported hostility to the small Jewish minority and there is no Jewish problem in Scotland. Jews take their part in all manifestations of the country's activities?in its local government, in its commerical life, and in the arts, the sciences and the professions?and as one would expect, some have achieved distinction recognised beyond its boundaries. The purpose of this paper is to trace only the origins of the Scottish community, and it was well established before the end of the nineteenth century. Whilst its develop? ment in the twentieth century has been considerable, not only in population, but in the number and scope of its communal activities, its pattern does not differ materially from that of other provincial Jewish communities. Perhaps at some future time, some pains? taking writer will set himself the task of recording the story of Scottish Jewry beyond the point where we leave it, and that writer of the future may find in these pages a helpful background on which to paint his picture.</page><page sequence="36">158 THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY Note. Acknowledgment is made of the assistance the writer has received from his brother in-law, Dr. Ellis Bloch, who has been an indispensable collaborator. He is the author of most of the pages which deal with 17th century Edinburgh, and he was responsible for the research which produced most of the information relating to the Jews who were the first to appear in Edinburgh. The writer would also like to express his appreciation to Dr. Cecil Roth and Mr. V. D. Lipman for a number of most helpful suggestions. BIBLIOGRAPHY Roll of Edinburgh Burgesses and Guild-Brethren, 1406-1841, edited by C. R. Bogg Watson, Scottish Record Society publication, 1929-33. Dr. Clement B. Gunn, Book of the Cross Kirk, Peebles, /l.D.1560-1690, Peebles, 1912. Extracts from the Records of the Burgh of Edinburgh, 1642-80, edited by Marguerite Wood, Edinburgh and London, 1938-50; and Extracts 1681-9, edited by Marguerite Wood and Helen Armet, 1954. Munk's Roll of the Royal College of Physicians of London Vol. II, (1701-1800). List of Graduates in Medicine in the University of Edinburgh from MDCCV to MDCCCLXVI, Edinburgh, 1867. J. Fabricius, Historia Bibliothecae Fabricianae, Part IV, 1721, p. 340. J. C. Wolf, Bibliotheca Hebraea, 1725-33, Vol. I, p. 480, Vol. Ill, p. 365, Vol. IV, p. 845. Anthony ? Wood, Athenae Oxonienses, article : 'Samuel Austin' (Third Edition, Vol. Ill, London, 1817, p. 675). Alexander Bower, The History of the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh and London, 1817. 'The Voice of Jacob', London, 6th December, 1844. (Election of Chief Rabbi N. M. Adler). M. Steinschneider, Catalogus Librorum Hebraeorum in Bibliotheca Bodleiana, Berlin, 1852-60, p. 2080. Andrew Dalzel, History of the University of Edinburgh from its Foundation, Edinburgh, 1862. James Grant, CasselVs 'Old and New Edinburgh', Vol. II, London, 1882, pp. 107, 338, 344. Edinburgh Evening Express, 29th March, 1883. ('The Edinburgh Kirks, LXII-?the Jewish Synagogue'). Sir Alexander Grant, The Story of the University of Edinburgh during the First Hundred Years, London, 1884. S. L. Lee, 'Elizabethan England and the Jews', Transactions of the New Shakespeare Society, 1888. The Jewish Encyclopedia, articles : 'Ashenheim', 'Edinburgh', 'Margolioth'. Municipal Year Book of the City of Adelaide, 1920. Salis Daiches/The Jew in Scotland', Records of the Scottish Church History Society, Vol. Ill, 1929. The Glasgow Herald, 2nd May, 1931 (Foundation of new Synagogue in Edinburgh). Brochure of the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation, 1932. Salis Daiches, 'The Growth of the Community', Jewish Chronicle, 6th May, 1938. Paul H. Emden, Jews of Britain, London, 1943 (Myers, Russell). W. E. Tanner, Annual Oration, 12th May, 1947, and Presidential Address, 12th July, 1948, Medical Society of London Transactions, Vol. LXV. A. Levy, The Origins of Glasgow Jewry, Glasgow, 1949. This book contains an extensive biblio? graphy not repeated here. Cecil Roth, The Rise of Provincial Jewry, London, 1950, articles indicated in text. Abel Phillips, 'Origins of the Edinburgh Community', Jewish Chronicle, 8th August, 1958.</page><page sequence="37">THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY 159 Also, by courtesy of Miss Helen Armet, assistant keeper of the burgh records, Edinburgh, the accounts of the treasurer of the college 1641-9 and 1679-81, the register of burgesses and guild-brethren 27th November, 1717, and the minutes of the town council of 26th January, 1642,20th May, 1653, 1st September, 1665,4th and 9th Septem? ber, 1691, 14th September, 1698, 15th November, 1700, 11th September, 1793, and 6th May, 1795; by courtesy of Mr. Robert Donaldson, the Library, the University of Edinburgh, 'Tabullae petentium et adeuntium etc.', being a manuscript record of appointments to chairs from 1663, biographical card index of Edinburgh medical Graduate (compiled by Dr. J. D. Comrie), matriculation books and class lists 1775-8, 1791-4, 1834-6 and 1843-51 and library accounts 1791-4; by courtesy of the late Dr. J. B. Salmond, keeper of the muniments, the University of St. Andrews, the minutes of the university of 6th August, 1839; personal communications from Mr. N. N. Ashenheim and the Rev. Henry P. Silverman, both of Kingston, Jamaica; particulars relating to the Davis bequests from the secretaries of the Boards of Management of the named hospitals in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee; particulars relating to the Asher Medal from the Registrar, the University of Glasgow; and various other sources mentioned in the text. LIST OF INTERMENTS IN THE JEWS' BURIAL PLACE AT THE ELAYON NECROPOLIS Alpha No. 1 and No. 1A. The Merchants' House of Glasgow has provided the following particulars of all those interred in this ground : 1. 12- 9-1832 Joseph Levi?age 62 years. 2. 23-10-1833 Micheal Micheals, son of Junis Micheals?age 28 years. 3. 18- 3-1836 Emma Angus Schwabe. 4. 14- 1-1837 Samuel Hieam?age 50 years. 5. 9- 6-1837 George Sigma?age 34 years. 6. 3-11-1837 George Herman Schwabe?age 1 year 5 months. 7. 11- 1-1838 Edward Cowan?age 26 years. 8. 17- 1-1838 Alfred Hermann Schwabe?age 5? years. 9. 5- 4-1838 Fraidol Isaacs?age 82 years. 10. 3- 7-1838 Semion Phillipa Burns?age 2 years 8 months. 11. 16- 2-1839 Mariann Lessier?age 1| years. 12. 21- 3-1840 Julia Philipa Burn?age 1 year. 13. 23- 3-1840 Stillborn son of Philip Burn. 14. 7- 9-1840 Solomon Hart?age 54 years. 15. 15- 9-1841 Stillborn son of William Bergson. 16. 22- 2-1842 Gulnis, daughter of H. J. Rosenbaun?age 3 years. 17. 19- 4-1842 Louisa Bergson?age 6 years. 18. 25- 7-1842 Stillborn child of Wolf Burgson. 19. 9- 8-1842 Stillborn son of M. Schwabe. 20. 16- 9-1842 Elizabeth Frazer?age 9 months. 21. 14- 4-1843 Noah Joseph Lipman?age 6 years. 22. 28- 6-1843 Stillborn child of A. Cohen. 23. 2-10-1843 Solomon Davies?age 72 years. 24. 29-10-1843 Mrs. Sarah Davis?age 78 years. 25. 26- 2-1844 John, son of Abraham Harris?age 1 year 10 months. 26. 13- 6-1844 Samuel Davis?age 25 years.</page><page sequence="38">160 THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY 27. 16- 8-1844 Eve, Daughter of Lehmen?age 5 months. 28. 31- 7-1845 Lazarus Frinkle?age 73 years. 29. 11- 9-1845 Mordecai, son of Abraham Cohen, age 1 year 5 months. 30. 11-11-1845 Woolf Levi?age 65 years. 31. 9- 1-1846 Flora, daughter of M. Philips Burn?aged 8 months. 32. 24- 4-1846 Samuel Tennenbaun?age 60 years. 33. 4- 5-1846 Sarah, daughter of M. Lipman?age 6 years. 34. 11- 6-1846 Infant daughter of M. A. Lazarus?age 2 weeks. 35. 5- 1-1848 Woolf Bergson. 36. 29- 3-1848 George Lippstubs?age 40 years. 37. 14- 5-1848 Philip Philipsburn?age 42 years. 38. 5- 7-1848 Solomon, son of Solomon Barnet?age 7 weeks. 39. 4- 9-1848 Fanny Cohen, daughter of Joseph Cohen?age 1 year 7 months. 40. 15-12-1848 Mrs. Rosie Jacobs?age 76 years. 41. 22- 5-1849 Jacob Lessenhiun?age 60 years. 42. 30- 8-1849 Deborhah Jacobs?age 3 years 9 months. 43. 6- 1-1850 Elizabeth, daughter of D. Davis?age 7 years. 44. 7- 2-1850 Mary Ann Rosenbaun?age 4 years 6 months. 45. 16- 5-1850 Morris Lesenhiun?age 22 years. 46. 23- 9-1850 Frederick, son of Frederick Davis?age 11 years 10 months. 47. 11- 3-1851 David Cohen?age 66 years. 48. 21- 7-1851 Avon Jacob?age 74 years. 49. 10- 9-1851 Solomon Goulberg?age 60 years. 50. 12-11-1851 Tod, son of Abraham?age 14 days. 51. 19-12-1851 Jacob Tobias?age 47 years. Burials in Alpha No. la Outside Wall of Jews Burial Place Alpha No. 52. 9- 8-1847 Mrs. Ascherson?age 46 years. 53. 1-12-1851 Morris Isaac Rubens?age 52 years. Some of the names suggest errors in spelling but the names are given as they appear in the Merchants' House records. The high proportion?nearly one half of the total?of stillborn and young children is significant.</page><page sequence="39">THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY 161 ADDENDUM TO THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY'. INCE these transactions have been printed further information regarding the Professor of Hebrew at Edinburgh University, Julius Conradus Otto, father or son, ^^has been made available to the writer by Mr. J. R. Seaton, Secretary of the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh. In the fourth line of paragraph 13 of the original paper there is a reference to a 'public program', announcing the professor's course of study, which could not be traced. Probably the only copy now in existence of this 'public program' is in the National Library of Scotland, who have kindly permitted reproduction of a photostatic copy of the original. The Latin text of the 'program' is as follows : 'Quod felix faustumque sit Ecclesiae Reip. &amp; Academiae Edinburgenae, D. Julius Conradus Otto, linguarum orientalium, Hebraicae, Caldaicae, Syriacae, Rabbinicae, &amp; Sclavonicae celeberrimus professor, qui Hierosolymis annos quatuor Judaeis familiariter convixit; qui Constantinopoli, Hadrianopoli annos duodecim, in Gallia annos viginti, in Germania annos decem, easdem Linguas publice &amp; privatim, summo cum discentium profectu, admirabili compendio praelegit : in Academia Edinburgena singulis diebus Martis, Jovis, Saturni, hora secunda pomeridiana, publice linguam sanctam professurus est, nec non privatim in suo Musaeo, illam &amp; quatuor alias horis condicendis docturus. Hoc igitur programmate linguae sanctae, &amp; reliquarum quatuor studiosos invitat, ut adsint operam non paenitendam navaturi. Spondetque eos qui modicum laborem impenderint, brevi temporis spacio plurimum prefec? tures'. This may be translated thus : 'With a view to the welfare and progress of Church and State and of the University of Edinburgh, it is announced that Mr. Julius Conradus Otto, the celebrated professor of oriental languages (Hebrew, Chaldee, Syriac, Rabbinic and Slavonic), who has lived for four years in Jerusalem on intimate terms with the Jews, and has taught these languages, both in public appointments and privately, for twelve years in Constantinople and Adrianople, for twenty in France and ten in Germany, achieving excellent results in his pupils by his wonderfully direct method, has been appointed to teach the Sacred Tongue in the University of Edinburgh. He will teach a class in Hebrew at the University every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2 p.m. In addition he will hold private classes in Hebrew and the other four languages in his rooms at a time to be arranged. By this announcement therefore he invites the attendance of students of the Sacred Tongue and other oriental languages who would wish to pursue a rewarding course of study. And he undertakes that those students who are willing to do a moderate amount of work will make very great progress in a short space of time'. In considering the question of identity the relevant parts of the 'program' are the details relating to Otto's sojourns abroad?four years in Jerusalem, 12 years in Constanti? nople and Adrianople, 20 years in France and ten years in Germany. He is not described as teaching in Jerusalem but, according to his own announcement, he had a record of 42 years as a teacher before taking up his appointment at Edinburgh at the end of 1641. Assuming that this covered the period of his professional career prior to the date of his appointment, and that he was say 20 years of age when he first began to teach, his age in 1641 would be 62, fixing the year of his birth about 1579. Now Otto the first is said to have been born in 1562 and, if Otto the second was the Professor, his father must have married at the age of 16. If Otto the first was the Professor it will be recalled that, on</page><page sequence="40">162 THE ORIGINS OF SCOTTISH JEWRY the information available, he was about 80 years of age on his appointment. No attempt is made here to reconcile the improbabilities, but the information provided by the 'Public Program' would appear still further to complicate the mystery of identity, as between father and son. With regard to the possibility of the settlement of individual Jews in Scotland earlier than the 17th century, the writer's attention has been directed to a Roman grave? stone, of the second century A.D., in the Hunterian Museum at Glasgow University which, it has been suggested, may be the earliest record of Jews in Scotland. The stone was found at Shirra near Kirkintilloch, on the line of the Antonine Wall. The inscription reads : D.M. Salmanes VIX?An?XV Salmanes Posuit which freely translated reads : 'Sacred to the Divine Manes (Spirits of the Dead) Salmanes lived 15 years. Salmanes placed this stone here'. Macdonald in Roman Walls of Scotland simply described the name Salmanes (Solomon) as Semitic and this seems to be the only ground for suggesting that Salmanes, father and son, were Jews. The name was oriental, and not specifically Jewish, and must have been common amongst oriental peoples, other than Jews, who were under the dominion of Rome and some of whom may have served in the Roman Legions. Not only does the stone bear no Jewish symbols or characters, but it has carved on it a laurel wreath, and two sun discs, which are matched on a stone in the same museum relating to a Celtic lady and found on the same site. The stone to Salamanes is typically Roman in craftsmanship and design, and apart from the name, which was not specifically Jewish, there appear to be no grounds for accepting this stone as evidence of the presence of Jews in Scotland in 2 A.D.</page><page sequence="41">I Uod fclix fauftiiffiq; fitEcclc fiae Reip. &amp; Aqidemix ?&lt;/m^ ' hirgen^D.jHlimConraJmOttOj linguar? or icntali?, Hebraic*, Cadaicae, Syriacae, Rabbini 1 cacjflc Sclavonic* cclcbcrrimus \t,^Hurtfofym* annosquatuor Judaeis qonvixit; qui Gm?antinofoli, Hadria ' duodccim ,in Gakiaumo* viginti/m InOsdecem, caidemLinguas publice . , fummo cum difcentium profedu, compcndio pfxlegit: in Ac^dcmia l?L * gulis dicbus Afa*yJovK,Sat"r pomeridiatia, publice linguam -JAls eft,nec non privatim inTuo &amp; cjuatuor alias horis condicendis " ^torprogjrammate linguae (an* Wiqtutfumtju?ttior ftudiofos invitat, uc opeftel toon paefutcndam ftavaturi. Spon ipenderint,brc* i?uros? ?6 **! j. C. Otto's "Public Program" Photostat from the copy in The National Library of Scotland</page></plain_text>

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