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Manuel Lightfoot

Death: Died in Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Occupation: Jewish Tailor
Managed by: Justin Swanström
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About Manuel Lightfoot

Manuel Lightfoot, a Jewish tailor, was living in Belfast in 1652. See Ireland at

  • "Whilst England can date the arrival of Jews to the medieval period, the earliest record of a Jewish resident in what is now Northern Ireland is the solitary figure of a tailor - Manuel Lightfoot - living in Belfast in 1652. There are virtually no records of any other Jews in Belfast until the middle of the nineteenth century." (Parkhill 2).
  • "In 1652 one 'Manuel Lightfoot' is mentioned in a Belfast lease as a taylor and Jew. Many are found settling in England 4 or 5 years later, and some came to Dublin as 'foreign Protestants'." (O'Lochlainns Personal Journal).
  • "Another of the Judaisers in Ireland, or a Spanish Jew with an anglicised surname, may have been Manuel Lightfoot, described in a Belfast lease of 1652 as 'taylor and a Jew.'" (Hyman 10).
  • "In 1662 [sic] a lease pertaining to property in Belfast refers to a Manuel Lightfoot 'a tailor and a Jew,' and from 1685 onward, a Simon Isaac, of Ballywalter, Co. Down, appears in numerous documents." (Carlebach 161).
  • "An article authored by Phyllis Ellen Funke describing "The Jewish Traveler in Belfast", was published in the Hadassah Magazine of November 2003. The article discusses the first Jewish resident , Manuel Lightfoot, who was a tailor in 1652."


  • Carlebach, Alexander. Men and ideas: a Jewish miscellany : selected writings 1935-1980. Jerusalem: Koren Publishers, 1982. Print.
  • Funke, Phyllis Ellen (2003) "The Jewish Traveller: Belfast." Hadassah Magazine, November 2003. Print.
  • Hyman, Louis. The Jews of Ireland: from earliest times to the year 1910. London: Jewish Historical Society of England and Israel Universities Press, 1972. Print.
  • O'Lochlainns Personal Journal of Irish Families, Volumes 6-11. Irish Genealogical Foundation, 1990. Print.
  • Parkhill, Trevor. Familia 2004: Ulster Geneological Review: Number 20, Issue 20; Issue 2004. Ulster Historical Foundation, 2004. Print.
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Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom