Lithuanian Jews church st

Lithuanian Shopkeeper, Church Street, Leith, c.1900

“There are about 200 families of Russian and Polish Jews in Edinburgh and Leith, and they are all employed. [Only] 10 or 12 men and women passed through the city from Hamburg to the Clyde to set sail for America.” (1894)

Shipping records show that the majority of Jews landing at Leith Docks passed through Edinburgh on their way to Glasgow in order to continue their journey to the USA. Others remained, either because they could afford to go no further or because Edinburgh was their destination.

credit: Courtesy of National Museums Scotland

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