The Jews of Ireland: From Earliest Times to Year 1910
DUBLIN JEWS IN LIBERAL PROFESSIONS (1830-1900)
Solomon Alexander Levenston (1830-87) was a native of Glasgow who moved to Dublin from Edinburgh in 1859, residing at 42 Kildare Street, where his wife dealt in second-hand clothes. He gave private tuition in physiology and other medical subjects and afterwards ran a dispensary in High Street, with the repute of holding a patent for the cure of venereal diseases. A brother of his, Samuel (182I-1914), practised as a physician in Glasgow; another brother taught the violin to 'Stanelli' (Stanley Cowan), a youthful prodigy, and grandson of Marinus de Groot, of Dublin. Solomon, in 1855, married Kate Lipman, of London, said to have been of the family of Sir Joseph Lyons (1848-1917), a founder of the great catering firm.
Musical talent was ingrained in the Levenstons. Solomon's eldest son, Philip Michael (I856-I913), led the orchestra at the old Theatre Royal of Dublin at the age of twelve. In 1873, he won a scholarship for violin at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and eventually became Professor of Music there. For many years he led the vice-regal orchestra and the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as conducting the orchestra at the old Queen's Theatre in Brunswick, now Pearse Street. He provided bands for military and hunt balls, the Irish nobility patronised his classes, and he taught at several convents. One pupil was his own kinsman, Henry Franklin (1876-1948). Henry's father, H. Frankel, a Polish Jew, came to Dublin in 1877 and worked as a tailor. In 1898, Henry settled in Sligo, and in the following year married the daughter of a local banker. He was famed throughout Ireland as a violin teacher, and both his sons are outstanding musicians. In 1942, he asked the trustees of the Ballybough cemetery to allow him to be buried by the side of his sister, Minna (I859-77), but permission was not granted.
The Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra today.
Levenstons Migrate to the Internet
The Levenston and Stibbe Families (5000 names)
Some Irish Levenstons
Susan Nathan's Family
A Century in Western Canada
Mike's Martial Arts - 8th Degree Black Belt - San Sho Do
Michael Levenston, Theatre Manager, 1855-1904
Gerald Levenston, born 1914, Toronto, Canada
Search Our Site