The Quilietti Family

The story of a Scots Italian family

STANTON Edward 1822-1894 and Peggy Grady 1822-1892 direct line

SURNAME ALSO DOCUMENTED AS STAUNTON until assimilated into the Scottish archives as Stanton

Our direct line Edward Stanton born 1822 and Margaret or Peggy Grady born the same year or thereabouts.

Edward Staunton was the son of  Walter Stanton and Honor Green.  The family resided in the town of Westport or neighbouring village and they would have had many children.  Edward however is our direct line and he married Margaret Grady on 19th January 1844  in the Aughaval RC diocese of Taum in Westport in County Mayo.   Witnesses were Patrick Grady [brother of Honor] and Maria Stanton [sister of Edward].   Walter was a crofter and we estimate his birth 1780-1790 or thereabouts.

Peggy Grady’s parents were  Patrick Grady and Annie McGuire.

There were a few branches of this particular family who landed on our shores and who settled in the Edinburgh of the 1850s.   Edward arrived as did cousins with the same name and their children all had the same names. Confusing indeed.

between 1851-1853

On their arrival in Edinburgh with their son Andrew Edward and Margaret found themselves amongst the Irish and Italian community in the Grassmarket, Cowgate and High Street areas of the City.  At this time in Edinburgh there were thousands and thousands of Immigrants arriving escaping famine not only from abroad but also from the North of Scotland with the infamous Highland Clearances.

The Stanton family were farmers in Ireland and it must have been very difficult at first for Edward to find work.  Although there were many Stanton and Staunton entries in the 1851 Scottish census there was no trace of this family. By 1861 however they found a wee house in 5 North Gray’s Close and we find them here in the census of 1861.


1861 with four of their children, Andrew, Ann, Anna and Margaret.  There were twin boys born in April 1961 but both died age 2 days. This census is the best indication as to when they arrived in Scotland between 1852 and 1853 and where their children were born. So Ann was 10 and born in Edinburgh. She would have been born therefore just after the 1851 Census was done. Their room looks like it had no windows but this could have been a clerical error. 5 North Gray’s Close was an address they would reside for twenty or so years. They had another son Patrick who was born in Ireland c 1852 who does not appear to be with them here but appears in the next census.


The Stanton lived at 5 North Gray’s Close for many years. You can see clearly at nearby South Gray’s Close the residence of Edward Joseph Hannan the Rector and Clergyman of St. Patrick’s RC Church. The Close is actually separated by the High Street itself, one half North, one half South


The census information not kind to us for 1881 as we can only find son Andrew with his new wife Maria Whelahan


Peggy Grady’s death. DOB inaccurate. Showing her parents as Patrick Grady, Mason and her mum as Ann Maguire, both deceased. Edward Stanton signature is an x mark

CHILDREN of Edward Staunton or Stanton and Peggy or Margaret Grady

Andrew Stanton 1847-1901. Andrew married Maria Whelahan. They had a large family.


Son Patrick whose date of birth fluctuates between 1851 and 1855 married Sarah McKay at 36 Blackfriar’s Place, Edinburgh, according to the Terms of the Catholic Church. They had ten or more children, including twins, of whom six died in infancy.
Surviving children were Bernard 1888-1962. He married Davina Williamson.
Edward 1895-1939. He married Maria Clark Harris Fallon.
Patrick 1892-1953 – no further information.
Mary 1895- unknown. She married William Tollins


Married in St. Patrick’s R.C. Church in the Cowgate, Edinburgh

Annie died age 38 of Phthisis or TB. They had one daughter Mary 1873 of which I have no further information


Stanton Brannan marriage in St. Patrick’s RC Cowgate,  They had a large family of whom their descendants live in and around Edinburgh today 2021.
Margaret also died of pulmonary TB age only 37.

TWINS – JOHN and EDWARD 1861-1861 – they died only 2 days old

Twin boys died


Catherine was recorded as Staunton

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