The Quilietti Family

Your Quilietti family heritage

BRUCCIANI Maria Domenica Clementina Elisabetta

Maria Domenica was one of twins born to Giuseppe Brucciani and Teresa Conti on  7th July 1849 in the village of Castelvecchio Pascoli.  Her husband’s family travelled to Scotland circa 1880 and were one of the very first of our family to come to Scotland.

Taken in 2005 the birth of Maria Domenica Brucciani. Her godfather was Giuseppe Conti


Maria Domenica married Pietro Donati.  They married in the year 1873 in Barga, Italy.  The Donati family were also from Castelvecchio Pascoli.

It was because of the Donati’s link with Scotland  that the Quilietti boys travelled to Scotland in the late 1880s.

Biago Candellini,adopted son of Agostino Donati.  This photograph from his resting place in Barga.   Photo given by .Romalog. 

Pietro’s elder brother Agostino Donati

Agostino Donati, the photograph from his resting place Cemetery of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana

and his wife Ermerlinda Panicalli had been in Scotland for some years and we can find them in the 1881 census residing at 5 South Niddry Street, just off the historic Royal Mile.   His occupation given as a Stucco Plaster Maker.   With them and residing at the same address was Raffaelo and Goseph Conti, both cousins and both also Stucco Plaster Makers.   Another cousin Peter Pierotti whose family was also from Castelvecchio Pascoli, another cousin, was also with them.  This branch of the family moved North to Inverness and settled there.  They had adopted a boy called Biagio Candellini

According to a descendant of Augusto’s wife they came upon a young lad by the name of Biagio Candellini who had been abandoned by his parents and took him on and brought him up.

He remained in close contact all his life, coming with them to Scotland and first helping out in the Donati shop, then finding his own business, but always keep ing close to his adoptive family.

Back in Barga at the end of his life he lived with younger members of the family till his death in 1969.

also had two children of their own, Ornero Donati born in 1886 and Annunziata Romola Cesira Maria Donati, photograph below

Pietro was also a master in the art of Stucco and he opened a business at No. 5 Chambers Street in Edinburgh  This building is now a listed building by Adams but then I presume that is was just another old building in central Edinburgh

5 Chambers Street as it looks today. But in the 1880s it would have been black with soot.

The couple  had five children who were born in Barga and we found them at first in the Scottish 1891 census with their youngest daughter Nunciata [mis-spelt] as being born in the year 1886 in Italy.

Also with them was Pietro’s sister Annunciata Donati.   She was witness at the wedding of Emilio in 1892 in Edinburgh.

Shortly after the evening of the census which was  5/6 April,  they had another baby who was born on 1st May 1891 in their family home at 145 Canongate, Edinburgh.   The child only lived for one year.  She is interred in the same plot as my great grandfather Emilio Quilietti..

In 1901 we find the family having moved from the historic Royal Mile in Edinburgh, which buildings were really slum tenements at the time to an address further up the hill at 10 West Preston Street, Newington, Edinburgh.   They lived here for a while later moving to 5 Keir Street, Edinburgh.  Maria Brucciani Donati was described as a teacher as was their youngest daughter Annunciata.   Emma was given the title of shopkeeper and we can assume from this that she manager her father’s shop.    He was still in the Stucco business at the time.

What happened to their children.

Giovanni Adolpho Camillo Donati

was born on 19th May 1878 in Castelvecchio Pascoli.  He married Annie Loughlin in the County Buildings in Ayr on 22nd June 1898.   At this time in Ayr resided another branch of the Donati family who had settled some years before, Pietro Donati was this uncle’s name.

Their marriage was fruitful and they had ten children, one of who became a Priest and eventually was Canonised.  His name was Father Pietro Donati.  He lies in Mount Vernon Roman Catholic Cemetery in Edinurgh.

The 1911 Scottish census


VITTORIO DONATI, 1877-1950.  He never married.  His profession was a Stovemaker.  He moved to the west of Scotland where his sister had gone to live  after her marriage. His usual residence was 224 Renfrew Street, Glasgow.  He died age 74 with an acute cerebrial hemorrhage in a home in Greenock.


was born on 2nd February 1886 in Italy.  Her father’s profession in Scotland was lucrative and he earned enough that she might have a good education.   She became a schoolteacher.

In the year 1911 she married to another Italian immigrant by the name of Colombo Arcari.  Colombo, like a lot of the new immigrants including my own great grandfather took up the profession of confectioners and ice cream manufacturers.

The Scots have traditionally been lovers of anything sweet and the canni Italians were soon to catch on and learn that this was a real moneymaking profession in their new homeland.

They married at St. Columbas R.C. Church, Upper Gray Street, Edinburgh, on 29th August 1911.

This branch of the Arcari family had settled in Glasgow and his address was given as 487 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.   There were however  brothers of the Arcari family who settled in Edinburgh.   Columbo’s father was Archili Arcari, Confectioner and Maria Assunta Faccenda..

If anyone out there knows if the above couple had any offspring please leave me details.

Annunziata died on 3rd March 1972 at Glasgow Western Infirmary.   She was 86 years old.  Her usual residence was given as 10 Hillhead Street, Glasgow.


Was born in 1885 in Italy.  In the year 1910 she married LUIGI SANTE POMETTI.  Luigi was also a confectioner by trade and his family had settled just outside Edinburgh in a village called Newtongrange.  His address was gaiven as 5 Loan Road, Newtongrange.

Again they were married in St. Columbas R.C. Church, Upper Gray Street in Edinburgh.  If any of the Pometti family can add to this story, then please be in touch

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