The Quilietti Family

The story of a Scots Italian family

INTERNEES – local to Edinburgh

ALTHOUGH none of the Quilietti family were internees there were other connected members who were.  The Quilietti family were well assimalated into Scotland and all fought on the British side in both the First World War and the Second World War.  thanking Stuart Capaldi fotr this fascinating article

Giovanni Brattesani was my first cousin x 3 removed.   John Bradley was his name by the start of the war and indeed the Hotel he ran at South Queensferry bore his new name

Giovanni was well assimilated into the Scottish community. You can see from this that he had two Scottish wives and five children

Yet as we can see from the document below he was interred with other Italians at the start of the war and sent to York.


Primo Bosi ran one of the two fish restaurants in Union Place.   It was not the Deep Sea but the other one, was it the Central.    It was interesting to find out why he was interred.



Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi (7 March 1924 – 22 April 2005) was a Scottish mechanical sculptor and artist. He was a major figure in the international art sphere, while, working on his own interpretation and vision of the world. Paolozzi investigated how we can fit into the modern world to resemble our fragmented civilization through imagination and fantasy. By the dramatic juxtaposition of ideas in his work, he lets us see the confusion as well as the inspiratio now famous Eduardo Paolozzi is here age only 16.  Paolozzi was born 7 March 1924, in Leith in north EdinburghScotland and was the eldest son of Italian immigrants. In June 1940, when Italy declared war on Britain, Paolozzi was interned (along with most other Italian men in Britain). During his three-month internment at Saughton prison his father, grandfather and uncle, who had also been detained, were among the 446 Italians who drowned when the ship carrying them to Canada, the Arandora Star, was sunk by a German U-boat.




One Response to “INTERNEES – local to Edinburgh”

  1. Luke Horan says:

    My Great Grandfather, Francesco Rizza, was Scotlands first detainee under 18b. I have a affidavit of his that he sent to Guy Aldred, publisher of The Word. I am yet to find any records like the ones held above. Any help would be great. My email is

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