The Quilietti Family

The story of a Scots Italian family

Hood family HISTORY

Tam Hood 1928-1983 married MARY MORRISON 1936-2001. Mary was Peggy Morrison’s young sister. And of course Peggy married Joseph Quilietti. That is the family connection

TAM’S branch of the HOOD – family as far back as I have traced so far to were from the BORDERS region c1640 with William Hood who married unknown spouse. They gave birth to William Hood 1678 who was born in Duns [Dunse], Berwickshire. William married Elizabeth Friskin [Frisken] [1700] whose family were from the same area. 6th Great Grandparents

Tam’s various branches come from not only the Borders, Berwick and Duns, but Carlisle in Cumberland, [Cumbria], Halifax and beyond to the very South of England in Wiltshire where the family lived for hundreds of years . Many of them worked in the wool and tweed industries. Some were fishermen. There were coal miners who were owned by their employers. We even have a Toll Collector in Berwick and a Spirit Merchant in Causewayside in Edinburgh and a Tobacconist from Prestonpans. Also a Watchmaker from Cockpen and then New Town in Edinburgh.

As I have researched more into Tam’s family and the many lines we all have through the passing of time it must be fair to say that it was relatively recently that Tam’s HOOD family landed in Edinburgh. This HOOD line are mostly from the Borders, although different branches of his tree come from as far as Wiltshire in the South of England as well as Ireland.

5TH GREAT GRANDPARENTS ROBERT HOOD [1732] and HELEN TURNBULL [1740] Robert was born in Berwick on 14th November 1732. He married Helen on 6th June 1764 in the village of Bunkle and Preston near Berwick. Three children, William, James – direct line – and Agnes.

We then come to 4th great grandparents – James Hood [1770] who married Alison Guthrie [1761-1840]. They married on 31 October 1784 in Eyemouth. He would have been 14 and she 23 according to the records. CLERICAL ERROR

The 1841 Scottish census tells us that 4th Great Grandfather James Hood was now on his own, his wife ALISON GUTHRIE having died in 1840, and living at an address in Duns called ‘ELBA’. He was 71 so the information is spot on. His occupation as industrial.

Have found only 3 of James Hood’s 4th Great Grandfather’s children to date. John 1796-1859. George Burnet Hood 1801-1861 [Direct Line] and Renton Hood 1806 who are your 3rd Great Uncles

James’s son, John Hood 1796-1859 married Thomasin Cairns 1800-1889 [3rd Great Uncle] in 1818 in Eyemouth. They had many children. I count 11 on the tree. The census entries for 1841 for John Hood he was living at an address Hair’s Close and he was a labourer. By 1851 the census entry tells us he was born at Eyemouth Harbour and he was a fisherman. – 3rd Great Uncle

The cemetery has many inhabitants but amongst the top 20 families buried here the name Hood is missing. This suggests that the Hood family were not originally from this town. Below is a headcount of the local villages and the No. of Stones are the ones with HOOD. You can see instantly where the main pockets of the family were living, although we don’t have the dates.

3rd Great Grandfather Burnet Hood [George Burnet Hood] 1801-1861, son of 4th great grandparents James Hood and Alison Guthrie. We find George in Edinburgh as early as 1825 where the first members of his family were born. Then following work the family were again down South. One son, David 1838 was born in Liverpool, Lancashire en route. Another of his daughters Janet was born here also in 1840. Then c1838-1840 moving down to Wirrell, Birkenhead in Cheshire where he was working as a Joiner in the Shipping Industry 1841 reasons unknown he then moved back up to Portobello in Edinburgh. Burnet may have been working in the Docks using his skills in Ship Building. The Scottish Census for 1851 is kind to us as it shows him living in Regent Street in Portobello with his wife and 12 children. He was a ‘house carpenter’ to trade. His wife was born in Portobello. Her name was Margaret Banks [1803-1862} who was born in Duddingston. They married in the year 1824 in St. Cuthbert’s area of Edinburgh. By 1861 they were living in Brown’s Close in the Canongate with occupation given as Joiner. Shortly after this census John died in the City.

Children of Burnet Hood and and Margaret Banks are – 2ND GREAT GRANDFATHER, AUNTS AND UNCLES were

  1. JAMES HOOD born 1825 Portobello. James became a Joiner like his dad. He married Mary Logan c 1846 in Portobello, Edinburgh.
  2. MARIANNE BRUCE HOOD 1827-1883 born Edinburgh. Married Alex Campbell who worked on the railways. He was from Stempster in Caithness. They met in the Borders and settled in Edinburgh where they raised a large family of Campbells in the Leith area of the City.
  3. WILLIAM HOOD 1829-1867 born Portobello. Never married. In the 1851 Scottish census his occupation given as Apprentice Joiner.
  4. RENTON HOOD 1831-1899 born Edinburgh. Renton married another lady from the Borders called Margaret Rutherford 1839-1930. He too became a joiner and they settled in West Richmond Street in Edinburgh. They had at least 8 children. After his death Margaret moved to Yeoman Place in the City. She became a Grocer.
  5. GEORGE BURNETT HOOD Junior 1833-1909 born Portobello. Can’t find a wife for George. His profession was one of Ship Carpenter. The 1891 Scottish census sees him fall on hard times and living in Musselburgh Poorhouse. He lived on however despite hard times until 1909.
  6. JOHN HOOD 1835-1903 born Portobello. 2nd Great Grandfather married Ann Roy 1833-1926 on 27th August 1860 in Great King Street in Edinburgh. Like his brothers John was also a Joiner. Ann’s family were from Paisley in Renfrewshire father Robert Roy and mother Margaret Finlay. further research required on this line. We can track John’s addresses through the census entries for the 1880s as follows 1861 – 3 CLYDE STREET and Joiner Journeyman 1871 – 121 Nicholson Street, and Joiner. 1881 – 1 South Holywood Street, Newington and Joiner 1891 – 11 Dalrymple Place, Newington, unemployed Joiner. The couple only had two children, and only one survived Alexander Hood. – direct line
  7. THOMAS HOOD 1837-1837 born Portobello
  8. DAVID HOOD – 1838-1848 – David was born in Liverpool in Lancashire in England when the family were on the move, probably looking for work. He died young.
  9. JANET SOFFLEY HOOD 1840. Born in Liverpool in Lancashire. She may have had a son in 1865, George Burnet Hood, born in Edinburgh.
  10. MARGARET HOOD 1842 born Portobello.. Book Folder by Trade in 1861. FURTHER RESEARCH REQUIRED.
  11. ALLISON HOOD 1845 born Portobello. – no further information
  12. RICHARD HOOD 1850- in Portobello. He married Jessie Somerville and they had a large family. Richard was a Type Founder by Trade. After they married the family moved to the South side of the City, 1871 West Richmond Street, 1881 Guthrie Street, and the family in 1891/1901 they lived in Upper View Craig Row in the Southside of the City. He was the only son not to become a Joiner.


When Alexander Hood was born in 1871, his father, John, was 36 and his mother, ANN, was 34. He married Janet or Jessie Walker on 25 July 1890 in Edinburgh , Midlothian. They had three children during their marriage, probably more yet undiscovered, John 1893, Marion 1893 and Alexander 1898. He died in 1923 at the age of 52. Going through the Jessie Walker line at first I did panic as we have a Jessie Walker on Mary Hood’s side as well. But all good as they are different Jessie Walkers.

THE EDINBURGH LINES. There were some deep rooted Edinburgh lines through the Banks family, Tam’s paternal line. This line stretches way back to the 1500s Edinburgh to the Canongate which was outside the City gates at that time. Many from Duddingston area and Liberton. Surnames Flockhart [Fluker] Taylor, Williamson, Crosbie, Hepburne, Paton, Nielson and Maxwell to name a few .

The Guthrie line from here back we can trace to 7th Great Grandparents Robert Guthrie 1660-1740 and Elizabeth Craw 1670-1703. Both families originated in Coldingham in the Borders.

THE EDINBURGH LINES and connected surnames

From around the 1800s we have a much better idea of the family occupations because of the Census information we have to hand. The Hood Branch which landed in Edinburgh were mostly Joiners and a couple of them worked in the Dockyards dotted throughout the UK working the Ships.

REGARDING THE TOPPING FAMILY In 1784 there were 180 Scottish craftsmen and their families who sailed from Leith to Russia. The 70 craftsmen had been hired by Architect Charles Cameron to work on Catherine the Great’s Palaces at Tsarskoe Selo, St. Petersburg. Four brothers named Topping, Bricklayers from Leith were on Board. Brothers William, Thomas, Mark and Joseph Topping all went. William’s wife gave birth to a son whilst at Sea. They called him Cameron Forrester Topping after the Architect of the Palace. Catherine loved the Scots and even had Scottish Nannies for her children. A great story to have on your line. William was Tam’s 8th Great Grandad.

BOTH the Tilling and Salkeld branches who were all mostly from Cumberland and the lovely Lake District we find a few Lords and Ladies stretching back to 1400.

The Salkeld name is a locative one derived from Great and Little Salkeld, two villages situated in the Eden valley in Cumberland between Carlisle and Penrith. Like a number of Lakeland names Salkeld comes from the Old Norse and means ‘Willow wood’. There were early Salkelds settled in Addingham, near Little Salkeld in the Eden valley by the 13th century.

Historical occurrences of the Salkeld surname

Gifts from the Kings of England saw the Salkelds settled in Corby Castle on the river Eden. Sir Richard Salkeld. Lord of Corby married Jane Vaux of Catterlen in the mid 15th century. Their effigies are in Wetheral church, opposite Corby Castle. They had no male heirs, but the two eldest daughters married male cousins and kept the noble line going. In the early 17th century Lord William Howard, son of the 4th Duke of Norfolk had made over to him Corby Castle from the Salkelds, in settlement of a debt. Lancelot Salkeld was the first Dean of Carlisle cathedral and erected the Salkeld screen, which you can see in the cathedral to this day.

Salkeld Variant names

Among the many mistranscriptions there are five variant spellings which are notable for their consistency and number of occurrences. These are: Salkield; Salkilld; Sawkill; Soakell and Sokell. The closer you get to Cumberland, the less variations there are, and of the above, Salkield is principally in County Durham, Sawkill equally divided between Durham and Yorkshire, Sokell mainly in Yorkshire and Salkilld in London. It is not uncommon however to find Salkeld and one or more variants in the same parish. All the above variants are registered with the Guild.


Jessie Walker’s father was John WALKER and he was born in the Gorbals in Glasgow c 1836. His family were from the Bannockburn area, Stirling and Falkirk. John married Marian Halliday 1835-1899. Jessie or Janet Walker had a long line of ancestors in various sides of her family going back to 1600 and beyond and stretching to Bishops Cannings in Wiltshire, England.

10th great Grandfather going back on Jessie Walker’s line was EDWARD HALLIDAY [Haliday Holiday] 1603-1686 – with various spellings of the surname throughout the generations. Edward was born in Bishops Cannings in 1603. He married DOROTHY COOK on 11th May 1628 in Bishops Cannings – his father was also Edward Halliday c. 1570. Edward’s profession was a ‘Dyer’. I assume of cloth. He died in Warminster in Wilts.

9th great grandfather GILES HALLI DAY [1637-1705 ] was born on 20th February 1637 in Bishops Cannings. On 13th May 1639 he married Marie Etwall or Eatwell 1639-1715 [again various spellings]. The Etwall line is from the same area in Wiltshire and stretch back to 1566 with Robert Etwall and his unknown wife. – Giles’s Childrens names Anne, Hester, Dinah, GILES [Direct Line] Edward and Mary.

8th Great Grandfather RICHARD HOLLIDAY [Halliday] 1692-1719. Richard was born on 27th August 1672. On 3rd May 1697 he married Mary Ann Mattock in West Lavington in Wiltshire. They produced at least 8 children Ann, Giles, [direct line] Richard, Betty, Robert, John, Mary and Esther. They lived in Erlstoke in Wiltshire.

EARL-STOKE, or Erlstoke, a parish in Devizes district, Wilts; near the north border of Salisbury plain, 2½ miles W of Market-Lavington, and 5½ SSW of Devizes The manor belonged to the Monthermers and the Montacutes, Earls of Gloucester and Salisbury. Earl-Stoke Park is the seat of the Taylor family. The living is a vicarage, annexed to the vicarage of Melksham, in the diocese of Salisbury.

7th Great Grandparents were another Giles [or Silas] Halliday 1700-1765. Giles married Henrietta Tilly [1708-1746] on 24th June 1720 in Erlstoke.

6th Great Grandparents RICHARD HALLIDAY [1730-1778]. He married Martha Ainsworth [1730-1778.]. They married on 14th April 1746 in Halifax. Richard was the first of his family to move North. Margaret was born in Bradford in Yorkshire. They had ten children all brought up in Halifax in North Yorkshire. The occupations of the population in this area at this time were mostly in the cloth industries s producing woollens, while weavers, (wool)combers, stuffmakers, piecemakers, worsted men, combmakers, merchants and woolstaplers who would have been treated as worsted workers. There were also some seams of coal being mined. CHILDREN were Betty, John, Mary, Martha, Richard, Isaac [direct line] George, Abraham, Joseph and George

5th Great Grandparents ISAAC HALLIDAY [1755-1786] and SARAH HORNER [1752-1837]. Isaac was baptised on the 5th April 1755 in Illingsworth in Yorkshire. He married Sarah in 1775 and their children came along Jonathan, David [direct line] John, Abraham, Martha and Elizabeth. The family were all baptised in the St. John the Baptist Church in Halifax which has been there since the 1200s, non conformist Church. Sarah’s family are all from Halifax. We have back to her grandfather Luke Horner 1685 and grandmother Mary Baxendall 1685.

4th Great Grandparents were David John Halliday [1775-1832] and Marion Matheson [1775]. David for employment reasons was the Halliday who ventured out of England into Scotland. It was here in Edinburgh that he married Marion Matheson in May 1799. The following month their first daughter Magdalene was born in Edinburgh. Then came David, John and Walter [direct line] all born in Edinburgh. Still to research the Matheson connections in Edinburgh. Probably following the wool trade some of the family moved down to the Borders area where there was much work for the wool trade at that time. He was a described as a Coachman in 1870 on his son’s death Certificate

3rd Great Grandparents were Walter Smart Halliday [1806-1870]. Walter married Ann Lucy Fort [1810-1871] in Edinburgh on 8th December 1837. Walter was a Journeyman Tailor by Trade and worked his trade between the Borders and Edinburgh. 1851 address given as Wood Market, Kelso, Roxburghshire, profession Tailor. By 1861 they were residing in Abbeyhill in Edinburgh, profession mistaken as Sailor instead of Tailor. On Walter’s death Certificate in 1870 his father is given as John Mathieson Halliday, Coachman, but we know he was actually David John Halliday. No mothers name. This is a common mistake as names were sometimes forgotten or mis-interpretated through the passing of time. Walter lived at 4 Sciennes Road in Newington in Edinburgh. Walter and Ann had 8 children who went into different professions in Edinburgh

2nd Great Grandparents Marion Matheson Halliday 1835-1889 is the direct line. She married James Walker[1836] in 1866 in Edinburgh This branch of the Walker line we are still tracing but it seems they stem back to the Bannockburn and Stirling area of Scotland c.1717. James Walker was a Mason by Trade and the 1871 census sees the family living in Dalrymple Place in Newington in Edinburgh. 1881 sees them now at 3 Forbes Street in Newington in Edinburgh with daughters Jannet and Marion. By 1891 Marion had died and James and daughter Marion still at 3 Forbes Street. This is the link at the top of the page. Now we go back on the Fort side of the family


4th Great Grandmother’s line Ann Lucy Fort married Walter Smart Halliday – 5th Great Grandmother was her Mum Elizabeth Leishman . Her dad William Fort

Ann Lucy Fort was born in 1810 in the Parish of Clifton and County of Gloucester. Different census entries tell us different places of births for Ann and also different years, from 1810, 1813 and 1817 in both England and also Edinburgh. We do know however that shortly after her birth the family moved to Edinburgh and her siblings were all born there. Ann married Walter Smart Halliday. [1802-1870] who as we have already said above was a Tailor by Trade.

5th Great GrandparentsWilliam Fort [1783-1833] Grocer and Spirit Dealer and Elizabeth Topping Leishman [1787-1832]. They had a business they ran from NO. 51-57 Causewayside in the Southside of the city. The photograph below is from later in the century 1880s and as you can see Alex Meikle’s name above the door. William Fort’s health went into decline [that is what is says in the death papers] and he died at a very early age of 49.

The Irish Branch were the Blaney family who came from County Longford in the centre of Ireland, and the Hopkins CLAN from neighbouring County Cavan. Their families found themselves in Edinburgh c 1850s due to the great potato famine.

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GRANDMOTHER – Susan Hopkins Blaney Phillips [1902-1985] was the daughter of – GREAT GRANDPARENTS – DAVID PHILLIPS [1881] and SUSAN BLANEY [1884-1974] who had married on 30th April 1902 at 56 Lothian Street, Edinburgh. Both were born in Edinburgh and both of Irish Descent.

THE BLANEY LINE GREAT-GREAT GRANDPARENTS – EDWARD BLANEY [1845-1919] and SUSAN HOPKINS [1848-1919]. Both these families had emigrated to Edinburgh from Ireland during the great Potato Famine of 1845. The 1881 Scottish Census shows Edward Blaney, age 30 and occupation as a General Labourer, born in Ireland and living at an address 6 Brown Street in Newington, Edinburgh. His wife Susan was a factory workery, born about 1849. Also with him in this census was his father-in-law Edward Hopkins age 71 and a former labourer born 1810 in Ireland. With them daughters Anne age 6, Thomas age 5, Catherine age 3 and lastly George age 1. The 1891 Scottish Census shows Edward Blaney age 40 [44] with occupation given as General Labourer, born in Longford in Ireland and address given as 9 Cowgatehead in New Greyfriars District of Edinburgh. With him his wife Susan age 44 born Cavan. With them daughters Annie [worker in rubber works] age 17, Kate age 14 also worker in rubber works, George, John, Susan and Helen all Scholars. The 1901 Scottish Census shows Edward Blaney, age 50 and occupation as a Steam Crane Driver, born in Ireland and living at an address 56 Lothian Street, Edinburgh’s South-side. [the same address their daughter was married in 1902. With him his wife Susan age 50, son Thomas age 25 [1876] who was a Stone Mason, George age 21 [1879] who was also a Stone Mason, John age 19 [1882] who was a Fishmonger’s Vanman, Susan age 17 [1884] whose occupation was given as India Public Shoe Maker. Helen, the youngest was born in 1888 and was a Scholar.

THE PHILLIPS LINE. This branch came from Glasgow from circa 1850 and beyond. There are many many branches of Phillips with her associated spellings Philips Philp etc. But we do know that William Phillips born in Glasgow c1849. He married Jane McGrady and they had a large family before moving through to 24 New Street in Edinburgh’s Old Town. The 1891 Scottish Census tells us that William he had found work as a Tobacco Spinner. William’s mother was Ann Clarry who was born in Ireland c 1809. She had another son Andrew who was 8 years William’s junior but he went by the surname Clarry. He was a stonemason. By 1901 the family were back living in Glasgow with William in the same occupation.

Children of William Phillips and Jane McGrady are


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