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Pietro Giovanni Salvatore Pagano

Date of Birth: March 28, 1877 Date of Death: April 8, 1950



Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): Pietro Giovanni Salvatore Pagano 


Gender: Male 


Date and Place of Birth: 28th March 1877 Liverpool 

Date and Place of Death: 8th April 1950 George Square, Edinburgh 


Nationality: Italian 



Childhood: N/K


Parents: Stefano and Ignatia (nee Bonfiglio) Pagano 


Parent’s occupations: Professor of Music (father)


Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K 


Occupation: Hotel Chef and Confectioner, Musical Instrument Maker 


Place of residence at Gretna: I.6 Eastriggs 


Job title at Gretna: N/K 


Marital status: Married Jessie Margaret Mary Jane Smith Blackpool 1897.  (Jessie died 1916). 


Re-married Ellen (Nellie) Sarah Robison 1918 Edinburgh


Children: Eight children born in Blackpool. One born in Annan and one born in Edinburgh. Ten children in total.


Travels: N/K 


Awards/recognitions: N/K 


Trivia / any other information:  


Pietro Giovanni Salvatore Pagano, known as Salvatore, was born in Liverpool on 28th March 1877, the son of Stefano and Ignatia Pagano.


Stefano and Ignatia were both born in Sicily and emigrated to the UK and made a home in Liverpool. Salvatore states on his 1901 and 1911 census returns that he was born in Palermo and declares himself to be Italian. He is baptised at the Oratory of St Philip Neri in Liverpool 15th April 1877.


Salvatore becomes a hotel chef and marries Jessie Margaret Mary Jane Smith in Blackpool in 1897. They make a home in the town, and go on to have eight children, all born there. Family history says that Salvatore was also a skilled confectioner, creating very elaborate celebration cakes. 


In 1912, Salvatore is working as a chef for the London and North Western Railway Company at the Station Hotel in Preston. He is dismissed the following year for quarrelling with other members of staff. 

Sadly, Jessie dies in 1916.  


The family come to HM Factory Gretna in the summer of 1917 and Leonora, Rosalina and Sicilia are enrolled in the school at Dornock. They are living at I.6 Eastriggs. We don’t know what role Salvatore had at Gretna, or how long they stayed. 


He re-married to Ellen (Nellie) Sarah Robison in 1918 in Edinburgh. They went on to have two children, Stephen who was born in 1923 in Annan, and Ella born in 1925 in Edinburgh. 


Salvatore has obviously acquired his father’s musical skills and opens a business as a musical instrument maker in Grindlay Street, (opposite the Lyceum Theatre) Edinburgh, which he runs with his son Stephen. Family history has it that Salvatore was interned as an alien during both the First and Second World Wars. It’s unlikely that he was interned in WW1 as Italy was an ally, not an enemy. 




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