The Quilietti Family

The story of a Scots Italian family

QUILIETTI Giulio [Sonny] 1919-1973

GIULIO [Sonny] Quilietti,


later known as George Quilietti was born on  15th September in the year 1919.  His father was Julio Emilio Quilietti and his mother Elizabeth Wilson.

Sonny Quilietti

He was brought up in the Greenside/Saint James’ part of the city, not far from where his Grandad Emilio lived.  He was a fiercly attractive man with a great personality.

Ian, Theresa, Sonny and Grahame Quilietti

At School

During the war he was a Lance Corporal in the Royal Scots Fusiliers.

His first marriage was to Mary Keanie.  They married on 27th October 1939, at St Mary’s R.C. Church, Leith,  with his pal Louie  Costella acting as Best Man..The marriage however was not to last.   ‘Sonny was crazy about his blonde wife Mary but over the years she was cruel to him.  Consequences of this cruelty were Sonny sweating out many nights locked up in the Army barracks as he deserted many times to get back to her to find out what she was up to’  The military found their solution and sent him off to Burma to fight the Japanese.   This was the making of him and he came back a Sergeant.  Unfortunately when he returned there had been a baby born

Sonny with siblings Betty, Lula, Theresa, Valli and Carel Van Druten

Robert Quilietti was born on 25th February 1944.  The birth Certificate shows the father as Giulio Quilietti and the mother as Mary Keanie.  But we know that this was not the case as Sonny had been away.

Mary had a restless spirit, and by the year 1947 their marriage was over and Mary had taken up with another man by the name of John Keanie.   I do not know if they were cousins, but they had the same surname.  They had a son John was was born on February 14th 1947  with John Keanie named as the father of this child.

Giulio and Mary were divorced and she married John in the year 1950.

Mary also  had a daughter Avril Marie Nixon who was born in 1955.  Mary divorced again and married for the third time to a younger man Raymond Morton who was 17 years her junior.

Robert, , in the year 1965 married an Edinburgh girl by the name of Anne Flynn.   Robert was a Private in the Royal Scots with his barracks being in Tidworth, Hampshire.  His name was given as  Robert Keanie [formerly Quilietti], with his father as Giulio Quilietti.  They married in St. John Vianny Roman Catholic Church in Edinburgh.

Robert’s family have recently been in touch with us via the webpages.   With great sadness we have put the record straight regarding his true parentage.

Ian and Grahame

After his divorce Sonny Quilietti had met a lovely lady by the name of Theresa Harper.  This marriage would be forever and the couple were well suited.  Ian George, their first son was born in the year 1950 and Grahame followed in the year 1952.

Sonny’s siblings

Sonny continued his close links with his siblings and their respective families were brought up together . He was also great pals with his cousins Joe and Arthur and they had many a tale to tell of their get togethers in the auld Edinburgh taverns of the 1950s and 1960s.  His aunty Jeannie also loved him dearly, and looked on Sonny as one of her own sons.

The tragic accident which took his life on 27th November  1973 would come as a great shock to his family.    He is still remembered with great affection and as someone with a great personality and great looks.  He has played his part in preserving our unique name and his 9 grandchildren will ensure that this name lives on.

The tragic accident

Theresa Harper , born in 1926,  has reached the age of 94 in 2020  She still enjoys her family  and  the company of her boys and their growing families.

Fallon is the grandaughter of Sonny. She was married in Castelvecchio Pascoli in July 2014

Theresa Quilietti

Theresa Harper Quilietti

Sonny Quilietti, centre row third from left – his First Holy Communion

lovely Fallon

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