Susan MacClare, Marchioness of Flintshire is Robert Crawley's neurotic first cousin, the maternal niece of Violet, mother of James, Annabelle, and Rose and mother-in-law to Annabelle's Husband. She is married to Hugh MacClare, Marquess of Flintshire, who is affectionately nicknamed Shrimpie within the family and works as a minister at the Foreign Office.
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Hugh MacClare, Marquess of Flintshire who was known to his family and close friends by his nickname, Shrimpie - which he obtained as a child by being a shrimp during playtimes with his sisters in the nursery - is a minister with the Foreign Office, who has some dealings with the Turkish Embassy. His wife, Susan, is a cousin of Robert's. He and his wife have three children; James, their son and heir, adaughter called Annabelle & Rose. His nickname comes from a game he played with his sisters.
Hugh "Shrimpy" MacClare Marquess of Flintshire, is Laird of Duneagle, a magnificent castle in the Scottish Highlands. While Robert covets Shrimpy's ancestral pile, there is nothing to envy in Shrimpy's loveless marriage to Violet's unhappy niece, Susan. Often antagonizing his wife by trying to protect their free-spirited daughter, Rose, from Susan's over-critical eye, Shrimpy is concerned about Rose's well-being, especially if a foreign office posting requires him to take his family to India.
Jarvis was Downton Abbey's manager for forty years, from 1880 to 1920. He was hired by Robert's father, and as a result, according to Violet, he always viewed Robert as the "young master", even after Robert became the Earl of Grantham. He is described as not liking change.
Daphne Bryant was the mother of Major Charles Bryant. She and her husband stop for luncheon at Downton Abbey en route to Maryport where Mrs. Hughes attempts to get Mrs. Bryant alone to tell her about Ethel and her son, Charlie. When Ethel bursts in claiming Major Bryant is the father of her son, Charlie, Mrs Bryant is more receptive of her. Mrs. Bryant writes to Mrs. Hughes to arrange a meeting. The Bryants have accepted that Charlie is their grandson and asks to be introduced to her grandson.
Lady Rosamund, enjoyed a flirtation with the raffish Lord Hepworth, but was disappointed to learn he was a fortune hunter who was in league with her maid. While happily married to the late, and rich, Marmaduke Painswick, she has no children which has left her both lonely and firmly inclined to poke around in the business of her nieces. The arrival on the scene of Lady Rose MacClare, the daughter of her cousin, Lady Flintshire, will give her more opportunities to do so. Played by Samantha Bond
Sybil Crawley: "No one ever learned anything from a governess except for French, and how to curtsy." Lady Violet: "What more do you need?"
The family are visiting naughty cousin Lady Rose, her father Shrimpie (the Dowager's nephew) and his unhappy wife Susan