The History of Leith

March 28, 2012

The Jews’ burial-place.

On the northern slope of Calton hill is a species of
cavern or arched vault in the rock, closed by a
gate, and known as the Jews’ burial-place. It is the
property of the small Jewish community, but when
or how acquired, the Rabbi and other officials,
from their migratory nature, are quite unable to
state, and only know that two individuals, a man and
his wife, lie in that solitary spot. Concerning this
place, a rare work by Viscount D’Arlincourt, a
French writer, has the following anecdote, which
may be taken for what it is worth. ” A Jew, named
Jacob Isaac, many years ago asked leave to lay his
bones in a little corner of this rock. As it was at
that time bare of monuments, he thought that in
such a place his remains ran no risk of being disturbed
by the neighbourhood of Christian graves.
His request was granted for the sum of 700 guineas.
Jacob paid the money without hesitation, and has
long been at rest in a corner of the Calton. But,
alas ! he is now surrounded on all sides by the
tombs of the Nazarenes.”
Though not correct at its close, this paragraph
evidently points to the cave in the rock where one
Jew lies.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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