NS6065 : Glasgow Necropolis: the Jewish burial ground

taken 9 years ago, near to Glasgow, Great Britain

Glasgow Necropolis: the Jewish burial ground
Glasgow Necropolis: the Jewish burial ground
As explained in the item on the NS6065 : Bridge of Sighs, the first burial within the Necropolis took place before it was formally opened.

As explained by Susan Milligan in "The Merchants House of Glasgow (1605-2005)", "the first burial had already taken place, in September 1832, of a Jew, Joseph Levi ..., the Synagogue having purchased a small area of the park as a burial ground. ... This was the first Jewish cemetery in Glasgow: the tiny Jewish community had to go to Edinburgh to bury their dead before that date. The Merchants House paid for an ornamental gateway and pillar at the entrance for the Jews' burial ground".

The pillar and ornamental gate are shown in the present photo. The Hebrew letters near the top of the pillar are מכבי (r-l: mem kaph beth yodh), perhaps for "Maccabi/Maccabee". The word itself is well-known, and it has had many different uses and connotations, but I do not know what its intended significance is in this particular setting.

Further down, above the base, are the words "Leave thy fatherless children. I will preserve them alive, and let thy widows trust in me" (KJ Jeremiah 49:11). The base itself bears a poem, now partly worn away: Byron's "Oh! Weep for Those".

The two posts of the ornamental gate just to the right of the pillar also bear text; the inscriptions are a little long to reproduce here, but they correspond to the King James rendering of (on the left post) Jeremiah 31:15-17 (which is the passage about Rachel weeping for her children), and (on the right post) Lamentations 2:1 and 3:31-33.
Glasgow Necropolis

The Necropolis is 37 acres in extent, and was formally opened in 1833. Like the Père Lachaise in Paris, it was laid out as a garden cemetery. In 1966, its ownership was transferred from the Merchants House of Glasgow to what is now Glasgow City Council. See LinkExternal link for further information.

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Date Taken
Monday, 15 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Thursday, 23 August, 2012
Geographical Context
Burial ground, Crematorium 
Place (from Tags)
Glasgow Necropolis 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 6036 6566 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:51.8297N 4:13.9711W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 6036 6565
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