Scottish Jewry
in Victorian Britain




Extract from papers on
Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain

Papers prepared by Dr. (later Prof.) Aubrey Newman for a conference at University College, London, convened on 6 July 1975 by the Jewish Historical Society of England
(Reproduced here with Prof. Newman's kind consent)

Papers on Scotland


Published Data


Jewish population 127.

Synagogue, 132 Murraygate (founded 1874). Seatholders 30. Income, 1899, 131.

Hebrew Burial Committee, 10 Park Street (founded 1889). Object, defraying funeral expenses cf those unable to pay. The average income is 12 yearly.

Hebrew School, 132 Murraygate (founded 1893). There are 29 scholars (22 boys, 2 girls, 5 infants).

Hebrew Benevolent Loan Society, 10 North Tay Street (founded 1895). Object, lending sums of money without interest, which the borrower can pay back in weekly instalments, also relieving strangers in need. Annual income about 10, and during 1897 20 persons were relieved.

Ladies' Holy Vestment Society.

[b - Jewish Year Book]

prepared from A. Levy, 'The Origins of Scottish Jewry', Transactions of
the Jewish Historical Society of England, vol. XIX, pp.129-162

The first synagogue in Dundee was founded in 1874 in Murraygate, and apparently another one was founded shortly afterwards in Ward Road. Not until 1885 did the two congregations come together as a single body. At that time there were about 50 families in Dundee, most of whom were of Polish or Russian origin, but there were also one or two families of wealthy merchants of German origin engaged in the Jute trade.

Introduction to Papers on Scotland

Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain - List of Contents

Dundee Jewish Community home page

Paper first published on JCR-UK: 24 August 2016
Page most recently amended: 10 January 2024

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