Highlands and Lowlands
Two views of Edinburgh
Scotland's first synagogue was built in Edinburgh and opened in 1816, with a cemetery opening in 1820. Glasgow has had Jewry since the 1790s but it wasn't until 1823 when the first synagogue opened and 1832 for the first cemetery. These two cities remain the main dwelling places of today's Scottish Jews. There are/were small Jewish communities in Ayr, Dunfermline, Falkirk, Greenock and Inverness.
Harvey Kaplan is Director of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre at Garnethill Synagogue, 127 Hill Street, Glasgow. Searching records by appointment on Friday mornings, otherwise by arrangement. Harvey has compiled the Historical Database of Scottish Jewry, with records of over 20,000 Jews in Scotland pre 1945, and will search these. His fees are very reasonable and he will do a preliminary search beforehand. Contact Harvey at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Another source which I have had success with is Poor Relief Applications for Glasgow which can be searched by Des Garrity. He will do a search to see if the person you are researching has submitted an application and if there is one then for a charge he will photocopy the information (can be 3 pages) and forward it to you. Another source is the The Glasgow Hebrew Society, 222 Fenwick Road, Giffnock, Glasgow G46 6UE. Another great source of information on Lithuanian Jews in Scotland is John Millar. There was a sizeable community in Bellshill, Lanarkshire and they worked in the mines. John has a wealth of information about them and has written a book called Lithuanians in Scotland. And don't forget The Mitchell Library, in Glasgow. They have a great website and the librarians in the research rooms are extremely helpful. They also have a very efficient e-mail communication." (All the above was submitted by Carole)
Scotland has a lot of records on line, for a fee you can search but it's cheaper to order in person from the Record Office in Edinburgh. See this URL to start you off: www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk This website has the 1881, 1891 and 1901 censuses on, but not the earlier ones. You do have to pay for the records on this website. It is £6.00 a time, you get 30 credits and it lasts for 168 consecutive hours. If you have any credits remaining after that time, you can latch on to them by paying another £6.00. It is a good site in many ways as you can print off the certificates instead of paying £7.00 for them and you know exactly what you are getting. But we wonder if people with few queries could share credits in some way. [Some of the above information was supplied by Theresa Stewart based on her own research and the help she received from other list members when she queried Scottish research]
Harvey suggests you read some of these:
Brook, S: The Club-the Jews of Modern Britain, London, 1989
(chapter on Glasgow)
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