Jewish Section, Glasgow Necropolis

This morning, I collected a group from visiting cruise ship at Greenock and embarked on a tour of Glasgow’s Jewish sites as follows:

First to the Gorbals district where 19th century immigrants formed self-supporting communities. This area has been transformed from impoverishment and deprivation to modern, architecturally attractive residential housing.

Example of Gorbals architecture, Glasgow

Next, to Garnethill where we visited the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre ( which celebrates the experiences of Jewish people in Scotland over the past 200 years) and Garnethill Synagogue which dates from 1879 and ranks as one of the top 10 historic synagogues in the U.K.

Garnethill Synagogue, Glasgow

Garnethill Synagogue, Glasgow, Scotland

This video clip provides a summary of the history of the Jews in Scotland.

Next to the Jewish section of Glasgow Necropolis wherein are buried some 50 persons from the mid 19th century. This section of the burial ground is subject to repair and maintenance.

Jewish Section, Glasgow Necropolis

Next we paid a brief visit to Glasgow’s 13th century Cathedral and walked past Provand’s Lordship, Glasgow’s oldest house which dates from the 1400s and was originally part of the Cathedral complex.

Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland

Provand’s Lordship, Glasgow

Next to Giffnock in south Glasgow where we visited the synagogue and then guests made purchases of items made of Jewish tartan at the adjacent restaurant.

Giffnock Synagogue, Glasgow, Scotland

Jewish Tartan at Glasgow, Scotland

Finally we had lunch at the Orchard Park Hotel following which guests were returned to their cruise ship in Greenock.

Weather today was dry, sunny and warm.

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