The Quilietti Family

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ARPINO Nicola 1917-1971

ARPINO Nicola 1917-1971

Nicola Arpino was born on 9th October 1917 in Patthead, Midlothian and died on 11th April 1971 in Saltoun, Gifford road, East Lothian in Scotland.

His first marriage was in St. Patrick’s R.C. Church in the Cowgate, Edinburgh on 18th November 1932. She was Jessie Amelia Pacesca Dickson.   Jessie’s father was a fish restaunteaur and the family lived in Dalkeith Road, Edinbugh.    They married just at the start of the War on 8th November 1939. I assume that the family had a change of name from an Italian surname to Dickson at some time to avoid the problems at WW2.

According to Mary Arpino Hunter Nicola was a great entertainer and was always up to no good. He loved the ladies.  He was also the winner of the T.T. Races which has something to do with motorbikes.  He also had many girlfriends and one in particular who he met after the breakup with his wife Jessie. She was Maria Teresa  Chiesa with whom they shared a daughter.  

Their daughter Amalia Roseanna Arpino  was born on 30th July 1947. There was no father’s name recorded on the document. Amalia married in Scotland in 1981 to Peter Thomson Rodger Horsfall.

I have no further information on this family line

Nicola and Maria eventually married in 1961.  The relationship with Maria was according to Mary quite  peculiar.  Maria lived in Italy and Nicola who was a great collector of antiques would send her many pieces over for their home there.  However according to Mary she also grew tired of him and he ended up with none of his antiques. However Maria did return to Scotland and the address on her Death Certificate was 11b West Newington Place, Edinburgh. She describes herself as a Widow

in 1971 Nicola tragically  died at a tender age 53 years of carbon monoxide poisoning on the Gifford Road in East Lothian This event Mary described as a very sad time in her life.

Ronald Nicol Arpino Jnr 1941

Jessie Dickson and Nicola had one son RONALD  NICOL ARPINO who was born in the year 1941.  

Ronald Nicol Arpino married on 14th September 1959 to Ann Ford Blakey. Ronald at the time with occupation of Wholesale Warehouse Porter and Ann’s as a Hotel Housemaid. They were both only 18 years old and living at 233 High Street in Edinburgh. Their son Ronald Jeffrey Arpino was born in November of the same year.

Ann died in 2007



  • RONALD JEFFREY ARPINO born on 27th November 1959. In 1983 he married in Haymarket, Edinburgh to Carol [Burn] Todd.

I seem to have found two marriages for Ronald and Carol, one in 1983 and one in 1988.

Ron Arpino Junior
Jann Arpino is the daughter of Ronald Arpino Junior.  

Michael Alan Arpino 1962

Derek Peter Arpino 1966-2013

2 Responses to “ARPINO Nicola 1917-1971”

  1. nicky wood says:

    How do i contact helen?

  2. Jann Arpino says:

    Hello Helen, I think we spoke briefly before I would like to help with the details on these pages. Ron Arpino Jnr is my father Snr is my grandfather and Nicola Arpino was my great grandfather.

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