The Quilietti Family

The story of a Scots Italian family


This page will be dedicated to Rosemary Lean, grandaughter of Giovanni Brattesani, great grandaughter of Giuseppe Brattesani and Veronica Zaccarini.     Giuseppe was born in Borgo Val di Taro on 25th August 1831.   He was the son of Giuseppe Brattesani and Annunziata Bosi.   [This branch were cousins to our ggrandfather, also Giuseppe Brattesani.]

Giovanni Batista  Brattesani. Guiseppe was born 25 August 1831 and Veronica was born 22 April 1850. 
Their children. My Mother was given the name Veronica and Eugenia went to my Mother’s youngest sister, Jean (Eugenia).¬† The marriage certificate dates the marriage as 6 January 1873.
Extract of birth of Giuseppe Brattesani born 1931

Rosemary first contacted me through the website and wrote the following.

  • My grandfather was Giovanni Batista Brattesani and he was sent by his parents from Borgo Val de Taro at the turn of the 20th century. He was 10 years old. He first stayed with his sister and husband in the north of Scotland (Helensburgh way) but later was in business in Edinburgh and South Queensferry and later in Glasgow.
  • I lived in Edinburgh in the 1960s and knew of Joe Brattesani and the fish and chip shops  in fact, I lived in Brougham Place!
  • I have done some research into my Grandfathers family in Borgotaro and have tracked down some of the family but cannot find out the exact relationship to my Grandfather. He was one of 10 children.
  • I am in touch with the son of Luisa Tagliavini (nee Brattesani) but am unable to confirm the connection (if any) with my Grandfather.
  • I would be interested to further extend any connection there might be.
Eugenia, Veronica and Bettina BrattesaniGuiseppe was born 25 August 1831 and Veronica was born 22 April 1850.  My Mother was given the name Veronica and Eugenia went to my Mother’s youngest sister, Jean (Eugenia).  The marriage certificate dates the marriage as 6 January 1873.

Since then Rosie has sent us these beautiful photographs of her mum Veronica and her siblings.

The three Brattesani sisters again with unknown others

Rosemary has also done much research into her family history.   We welcome her into our family and hope that perhaps one day our paths may meet

Veronica and Bettina Brattesani

Giovanni was ten years younger than Luigi, his birthdate documented as 1890 in Borgotora.  There is  also documented in the Edinburgh archives Giovanni Brattesani having a shop in 88 Brunswick Street in Edinburgh in the year 1915.  But there was also John with a house and shop at 4 Church Street, Auchterderran.

  • Giovanni settled well in Scotland and  had married girl called  Emma Jane Arthur in Edinburgh in 1913.  Emma was living in  Liverpool at the time of their marriage but was in fact born in Scotland.   Emma was born in Ballingry in Fife where her father worked in the coal mines.
  • Emma’s  father was William Arthur and he was born in Bere Alston in Devon in  England.  He married Elizabeth Ann Taylor, who was born in Beith in Fife.   William’s occupation was a coal-miner.   Perhaps he moved to Scotland to find work but it was a long way from Devon to Fife.     They settled in Beith in  Fife at No. 9 Fairfield in the town.  They  had at least eight children and Emma was one of the younger members of the clan.  By the year 1901 the extended family were living at No.  37 Sligo Street in Ballingry in Fife.
  • In 1913  at the time of the wedding of Giovanni and Emma,  Giovanni was residing in Dundee.   Their marriage was fruitful and produced three daughters.

Children of Giovanni Brattesani and Emma Jane Arthur

  • Veronica Agnes  Brattesani who was born on 1st February  1914 in Durie Street, Methil in Fife. She is Rosemary’s mum.
  • Elizabeth Emma came next and she was born in 1916 in Black  Road, Kelty in Fife.   Her parents were residing at 4 Church Street, Lochgelly at this time.   Elizabeth became a hairdresser  fell in love with  a medical student called John Malgarvie .  He was an American/Italian who was studying in Edinburgh.    Although the couple never married Elizabeth became pregnant.  Sadly  Elizabeth  died after complications of a twin  childbirth on 16th May 1937.    The twin babies, Robert Henry John Malgeri died 1 June 1937 at 5.30 am and Elizabeth Margaret Malgeri died on 3 June 1937 at 7.30 am.
  • Eugenia was born in 4 Church Street, Lochgelly in Fife on 28th May  1917.  On 25th July 1941 she married Alexander Kingsepp who was a marine engineer  in Blythswood Registrars Office in Glasgow.   Alex. was divorced. He was presumely drowned at sea during the War. Eugenia subsequently married a Swedish Merchant Seaman, Stig Lundstrom and moved to Sweden.
  • Aunt Jean’s marriage to Stig Lennard Lundstrom took place on 23 August 1943.  Stig Lundstrom was a Ship’s Cook in the Swedish Merchant Navy.  Her first child, Stephanie (born 31 July 1942) was born in St Austell, Cornwall and Lesley was born on 8 August 1949 in Sweden and son, Ragnar born about 5 years later (exact date to be established) in Sweden. All children are living in/near Goteborg, Sweden.

ELIZABETH DUNNET and Bradley name change

His new wife was Elizabeth Stevens Dunnet.   Elizabeth was 22 years his junior when they married in Chambers Street in Edinburgh on 10th November 1934.   Elisabeth’s father wasa Salmon fisher by trade.   Their marriage was fruitful and their two sons came along a few years later, James Giuseppe Laurence who was born in 1 West Clarement Street, Edinburgh  in 1936 .   He called himself Lawrence Bradley on the day he married Helen Seaton Purves .     Then there was John who was born in 1934.   The family changed their name to Bradley in the year 1939. Elizabeth died prematurely in 1946 and is buried in Queensferry. There is a separate page dedicated to JOHN BRATTESANI

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