The Quilietti Family

The story of a Scots Italian family

ARPINO Francesca Julietta 1873-1943

Francesca Arpino was born in 1873 in Sant’Elia Fiumerapido, a small town and Commune in the Province of Frosinone in Lazio, Italy. Her father, Benedetto Arpino, was 40, and her mother, Benedetta Francato Cascarino, was 34. The youngest of five children, her elder siblings being Michelangella, Nicolo, Maria, and Giuseppi.

Their family moved from Sant Elia Fiumarapido at first through France where some of the family remained. Then Benedetto and his line moved Bradford in England sometime in the 1880s. His brother and family also moved with them to England.

Both branches remained in the region for a while but there was some scandal to do with Francesca and her brother which I am sure was fabricated by her own father to get him off the hook for indecently assaulting her at the time. This caused an uproar at the time and Benedetto ended up on the Bench blaming her and not himself!! The truth will never be known but he got acquitted.  

The Arpino  family had  already established themselves in Edinburgh and they ran a shop at 85 Grassmarket where they traded as ice cream manufacturers and confectioners.  Some of the family had arrived at first in London and made their way up to Manchester where the Italian community there was well established in the 1860s.

Of course Edinburgh’s Grassmarket in those days was home to many immigrants but especially Irish and Italians.   You only have to cast your eyes over the 1891 cencus to see how many were crammed into these old tenements.   The street itself was used as a marketplace and had been throughout the centuries.  Horses would have drawn the carts full of the goods to be sold at the markets.  These goods would have been local vegetables mostly with meat stalls and fish from the Forth Estuary.

Augusto and Francesca had two daughters, Angelina born on April 6th 1894, and on 4th August 1898, Ermennia, [known as Amelia] born on 4th August 1898. Unfortunately Amelia was to pass away at the tender age of only 1 .   She died at 45 The Canongate.

Beautiful photo of Arpino

The descendants of Augusto Quilietti and Francesca Arpino are still very much alive and kicking and through our family website we have regained contact with them.   

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