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Edinburgh Jewish Community

City of Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the capital and second largest city in Scotland. It is situated on the east coast of Scotland's central lowlands on the south shore of the Firth of Forth.  Since 1996, the City of Edinburgh, including surrounding villages, has constituted a self-contained unitary local authority, with a population of about 450,000, and from 1975 to 1996 it formed a district of the now defunct Lothian Region. Prior to 1975, Edinburgh was in the traditional county of Midlothian. Although Leith, the port of Edinburgh, had historically been a separate burgh, it has been administered as part of Edinburgh since 1920.

Edinburgh Jewish Community

Edinburgh is where the first professing Jew settled in Scotland, a David Brown in 1691, and where a small Jewish community grew up. The first synagogue and cemetery were opened in 1816.

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The records in the database associated with Edinburgh include:

Burials (JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Register)

Braid Place Cemetery (29 records)
Echobank (Newington) Cemetery (Jewish Section) (130 records).

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Edinburgh during the 1800s (1 record); 1810s (1 record); 1820s (24 records), 1830s (44 records), 1840s (37 records), 1850s (61 records), 1860s (10 records), 1870s (4 records), 1880s (3 records), 1900s (3 records) and 1910s (1 record).

The Jewish Congregations

The following congregations are, or were, considered to be part of the Edinburgh Community:

The following are former or alternative names of the above congregations:

Articles on the Edinburgh Jewish Community

The Rise of Provincial Jewry - Edinburgh by Cecil Roth, 1950. Available on JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.

Circumcision Register for Edinburgh, 1831-1838. Available on JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.

Jewish Encyclopedia article on Edinburgh by Joseph Jacobs and Isadore Harris, c-1906

Photographs and text on the Sciennes House Place (formerly Braid Place) Cemetery, the first Jewish cemetery in Scotland.

Jewish Population Data



20 families

250 families
250 families
First record of Jewish residents
First organized Jewish community (no records)
Organization of current Jewish Community
     (Hebrew Congregation web site)
(The Jewish Year Book 1896)
(The Jewish Year Book 1910)
(The Jewish Year Book 1935)
(The Jewish Year Book 1945-6)
(The Jewish Year Book 1955)

(The Jewish Year Book 1962)
(The Jewish Year Book 1971)
(The Jewish Year Book 1976)
(The Jewish Year Book 1981)
(The Jewish Year Book 1986)
(The Jewish Year Book 1991)

(The Jewish Year Book 2005)

Other Edinburgh Jewish Information

Jewish Property and Heritage & Places of Local Interest

Bibliography and other sources 

Edinburgh Cemetery Information (IAJGS Cemetery Project)

Jewish Communities of Scotland home page

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