The Brazilian Wyllie History  

The relation between Wyllies and Brazil has begun with the Lieutenant Colonel John Alfred (born in 7th 1855). He was born in Edinburgh - Scotland, but as a military he had to work almost all his life from India to Myanmar Union, in the Asian South.
There were many portuguese people there, because it was near the portuguese spice coast, and Peter Rodrigues was one of them. His daughter, Dominga Rodrigues, met John Alfred and had a son called Louis Rodrigues Wyllie in 4th october 1883. By the end of 1800s John Alfred was the only british officer who knew portuguese language, reaching a great importance in the presidency of Madras, in India.
It's difficult to find out what kind of marriage or relationship John Alfred had with Dominga. Maybe they have married only under the local law. Note that Louis borne near Rangoon, the capital of Myanmar Union (British Birmany during last century). Maybe they didn't get married. The fact is: six years latter (1889), back to Europe, John Alfred married, as a bachelor, Amelia Mary Anne Munro, who was daughter of Charles Munro, the Baronet of Foulis.
When Louis was a five year old child, John Alfred left Dominga and went with his son to Edinburgh. They dropped by Aden, Suez, Brindisi, Marselha. Spent some weeks in Lisbon, Madrid and Paris before arriving in Scotland.
Louis went to study and live with his grandfather, James Shaw Wyllie (born in 1821)
After getting married to the baroness, John Alfred lived on trips. He reached status and earned much money.
Louis started his studies at the age of six in Daniel Stewarts' College, near Barnton Terrace, in Craigleith, were he lived with his grandfather.
He proved to be a very good student, wining the first prize in english twice, but his accent became too much Scottish. So, his father transferred him to England in 1896, at Priory School at Bromham Road, in Bedford.
In 1898 it has been decided to give him continental education. He went to German and coursed Knabenanstalf der Brindergemeinde (Institute Morave) at Friederichstrasse in Neuvied am Rhein, near Koblenz.
In 1900, at the age of 17, he went to study in Switzerland, near Nyon, at Lake Leman in the Chateau de Pragins (old Napoleon's Castle).
After six years studying french, he took a train to Marselha were his father wanted him to take the studies of agronomy. But it was decided that he would continue his studies in Portugal. So, after one month in Marselha, he took a steam boat to Lisbon. When passing by Gibraltar and the Balears Isles came a storm, but in 17th july 1901 he arrived Lisbon, were he studied portuguese with Prof. Francisco Ambrosio da Silva.
In 1902 Louis preferred to work than study agronomy, being hired by Lane & Cia. Ltd.., were he became a Office Chief in 1914 and worked until 10th january 1926. While working to Lane & Cia. He was the official translator of American Consulate and of Benguela's Railway.
John Alfred, being a poliglote as his son and a prominent british officer, wrote many articles against the "Anti-Slavery-Society" in portuguese newspapers, and Louis helped him, writing to the newspaper "A Reform". We can see below one photograph of the Lieut. Cel. in the middle of one article printed in a portuguese newspaper.
Louis had been writing to journals since 1908, having articles in the "Globe Trotter" of Milwaukee - Winscosin, "The Bombay Observer" of British India and many portuguese newspapers.
He was a correspondent of many foreign associations as National Geographic Society (Washington) and Cosmopolitan Correspondence Club (Milwaukee).In 1924, as a shareholder of Cosmopolitan Correspondence Club, he became delegate administrator to Portugal and Colonies until the dissolution of the firm.
Lieutenant-Colonel John Alfred Wyllie Louis became also a member of the League of Britons Overseas in 1917, having be indicated by Sir Robert William's.
Going back in time, Louis married D. Palmyra da Conceição Oliveira in 15th december 1904. But she died in 28th january 1906, and there were no children from this first marriage.
Louis was too young, but his father agreed his first marriage, with a daughter of a Lusitan Bank Clerk.
In 1907, 22th july, he married again. Now it was Maria da Piedade de Moraes, widow of Manoel Luiz Moraes, with 3 children from his first marriage. She was also a daughter of a carpenter, and very illiterate. The documents tell us that they got married only in 1911, in Cintra, but we know that their relationship begun in 1907.
According to Maria da Piedade, John Alfred disinherited Louis because he married her. The dis-inheritance is a reality, but we are not sure about the real origins of this horrible act.
Maria da Piedade had 4 children with Louis. One of the children from her first marriage has died not aged in Portugal. The others, Sara and Romeo, lived and gave her grandsons.
The four Wyllies were Alice Alfredina, twin with John Louis Wyllie, Louis Rodrigues Wyllie (the same name of his father), and Francis Rodrigues Wyllie.
Alice Alfredina and John Louis left Portugal and went to Rio de Janeiro - Brazil. In 13th january 1926, Louis (the father), his wife, Louis (the son) and Francis left Portugal, meeting the others in 28 january of the same year.
Louis (the son) married Mafalda, but left her and had children with other woman. After this, the family doesn't have news from them.
Alice Alfredina married a portuguese, Antonio Vasconcellos, who lived in Rio de Janeiro, and has a daughter and grandsons.
John Louis married Juracy and had a daughter, Daisy, who lives in Teresopolis - Rio de Janeiro.
Francis married Elza Costa Lima, as you can see in the picture below.
They have two daughters, eight grandsons (including Eduardo Wyllie - and six grand grandsons until now...
Elza and Francis Rodrigues Wyllie    
        Eduardo Wyllie    
You can read more of the Brazilian side of the family by using the Brazilian link at the top of the page or selecting here to go to Francis Wyllies web site which give much of this detail in Portugese as well as English.