From Helen Petrie, Scotland
Luigi Isepponi was a sculptor who arrived in Scotland around 1828. He exhibited his work in the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh over the years 1830 to 1834.
He is said to have travelled to Scotland with a priest and another man who abandoned him. It is thought he was born around 1810. He was my great great grandfather. The story goes that he lived near to Lake Como. It is also said that he was born in Rome.
There is no paperwork to show the truth. He was a educated man who wrote extremely well in English as one letter survives. Luigi was involved in making the death masks of 2 famous body snatchers turned murderers Burke and Hare.
He had a large family and although the name Isepponi has disappeared within the family he is highly respected by all who are related to him. He died aged 60 and is buried in the historic town of Dunfermline in Fife Scotland.
The family would love to know more about his origins as other descendants must surely exist. The name Isepponi would appear to be linked to Switzerland as it is now.
Any clue would be so appreciated. Thank You.