The Quilietti Family

The story of a Scots Italian family

WHELAHAN Michael Joseph 1854-1926

Michael Joseph Whelahan was born in Kinglass in Ireland c 1854. Like so many others the family came over c 1849 during the great Potato Famine.

Michael Whelahan was the captain of the first Hibernian Football Team
He was the son of Patrick Whelahan
1824–1882
BIRTH 1824 • Ireland, County Mayo
DEATH 05 AUG 1882 • 5 College Wynd, Edinburgh and
Bridget McDonald
1834–1903
BIRTH 1834 • Ireland, County Mayo
DEATH 19 NOV 1903 • 13 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh.
Michael was also the brother of Maria Whelahan who married Andrew Stanton and who were the great grandparents of Denis Madigan Stanton [author’s husband]


This document, the birth of daughter Catherine gives the place and date of the parents marriage

Michael’s father Patrick had for a while worked in Lanarkshire in the Iron Mills.  He returned home to Ireland and then returned  to Edinburgh with his wife Bridget McDonald and family.   The couple had been married on 6th October 1845 in County Rosscommon in Ireland.

The marriage between Michael and Helen showing both sets of parents and whether or not they are alive or deceased.

He married Helen Isabella Robertson and their children are listed above

1901 the whole family at 57 Nicholson Street, Edinburgh.  Margaret Grant is described as his mother-in-law. Also interesting to see that the flat had 4 rooms. The building is still there today.
Michael in 1911 at 57 Nicholson Street, Edinburgh
Helen’s premature death. Family still at the Stanton/Whelahan address of 57 Nicolson Street, Southside, Edinburgh.
  • Son Patrick John Whelahan 1882-1959. He married Margaret McGinness. They moved to an address nearby at 49 Nicolson Street West. Their son Michael Joseph Whelahan was lost at Sea WW2 and their is a memorial with his name is St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.
  • Daughter Margharita Whelahan 1885-1963 married James Devlin. They had a large family who mainly remained around Edinburgh
  • Daughter Maria Whelahan 1887-1968. She never married.
  • Son Father Michael Whelahan 1889-1949. He died in Lourdes . Notes for MICHAEL WHELAHAN 1889-1949 Educated Blairs 1905-07; Valladoid 1907-16. Ordained Edinburgh 1917. Our Lady of Perpetual Succour , Kirkcaldy 1917-1924, Haddington 1924-25, Armadale 1925-32, Cowdenbeath 1932-36, Lennoxtown 1936-1949. Died Lourdes 11th September 1949
  • Daughter ISABELLA WHELAHAN 1891- 1940, 34 East Preston Street Edinburgh m. CHARLES CAMPBELL
  • Son Robert 1892-1892
  • Daughter ELIZABETH WHELAHAN 1894-197 St. Alban’s Road Edinburgh. She lived with sister Maria
  • Son GEORGE ALEXANDER WHELAHAN 1895-1918 War casualty in Flanders France. Notes for GEORGE ALEXANDER WHELAHAN:Casualty DetailsName: WHELAHAN Initials: G A Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Private Regiment: Connaught Rangers Unit Text: 6th Bn. Date of Death: 21/03/1918 Service No: 6/2658 Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: I. C. 9. Cemetery: TEMPLEUX-LE-GUERARD BRITISH CEMETERY Awarded the Victory Medal and British Star.ix.
  • Daughter KATHLEEN WHELAHAN 1897 -1993, 19/21 Drumsheugh Gardens Edinburgh; m. WILLIAM HARVEY, July 26, 1933,

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