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.
Violet's niece and goddaughter Susan, the Marchioness of Flintshire, is trapped in a sad and loveless marriage to Shrimpy MacClare, Laird of Duneagle. Her bitterness about the marriage manifests in a sour demeanor and relentless criticism of her teenage daughter, Rose.
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.