Rose and Rosamund of Downton




Rosemary 1959 as Flapper


My mother was born, Rosemary Rosamond, to Mary Magdalene Rosamond, and Royal Rosamond. Mary was a Wieneke who allegedly owned castles in Germany. My mother played it that way. Downton Abbey employed a Rose and Rosamond to tell a royal tale.

Jon Presco

Mrs Hughes: “Lady Rose? That’s one word for her.” — Jack Ross and Elsie Hughes discuss Rose.[src] Lady Rose MacClare[1] ( Autumn 1902[2]) is the youngest child of Hugh and Susan MacClare, the niece of Agatha and Louisa, the younger sister of James and Annabelle, the sister-in-law of Annabelle’s husband and the great-niece of Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham. In Autumn 1920, she visits Downton Abbey and stays with Violet in the Dower House. She returns a year later, in September 1921, when the Crawley family visits her home at Duneagle Castle, where it is agreed that Rose will go to stay with them when her parents go to India. She moves there around February 1922.

Biography Edit

Series Three Edit

Violet says that Rose is eighteen, meaning she was born in or before Autumn 1902; Violet was told that Rose “hates London” which is why she is coming to stay with her, until her father can finish with his work in London and they can go to their country estate in Scotland. However, when she arrives and learns that Lady Edith Crawley is planning a trip to London, she eagerly wishes to go too, much to Violet’s surprise. Rose’s explanation is that she is planning a secret surprise for her mother, but does not say what. She asks that no one else mention this.

Later, Matthew Crawley has to go to London. He agrees to stay with Lady Rosamund Painswick, at Eaton Square, as Rose and Edith are doing. Edith tells Matthew that she feels she will need help controlling Rose, out of “instinct.”

When they arrive at Rosamund’s house, she insists they all dine with her that night at eight o’clock. Immediately after they all go about, Rose makes a phone call, then later is seen getting into a taxi dressed in clothes one would not expect a well-born young lady to wear.

Rose does not show up for dinner, so they begin without her. During dinner, Rosamund’s butler brings in the taxi driver who drove her from the house that day. He is returning a scarf that she left in the car. The butler sent him up as he could tell them where he had taken her. He explains Rose first met a gentleman friend and spent two hours with him in Warwick Square, then they went to a club, the Blue Dragon.

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Rose and Terence Margadale together at the Blue Dragon.
Amateur Obsessive

Matthew, Edith, and Rosamund go to the Blue Dragon, where they find Rose dancing wildly with and passionately kissing a former employee of her father’s named Terence Margadale. Rosamund gets him to admit that he is a married man. Matthew then dances with Rose. She says that Terrance loves her and wants to marry her as soon as he can get a divorce from his horrid wife. Matthew says that men trying to seduced young women often describe their wives as horrid, and she should meet her and decide for herself. He persuades her to return to Rosamund’s house, making a deal with her that they won’t say anything about her seeing Margadale if she promises not to try to see him again as long as she is staying with them. However, Violet finds out about it anyway after overhearing Rose and Edith talking about keeping a secret. Violet then contacts Rosamund and gets her to tell everything by pretending that Edith had already told her. Rose is then told she is being sent to Scotland with a stodgy old aunt and will be escorted the entire way to keep her from running away to see Terence.

2012 Christmas SpecialEdit

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Violet and Rose at the Ghillies Ball at Duneagle Castle.
Amateur Obsessive

By September 1921, Rose is caught in the middle of a bitter “war of words” between her parents[3] during the Crawleys’ stay at Duneagle Castle. It is revealed that Rose’s motivation for acting in a notoriously rebellious manner is her unsteady relationship with her troubled and neurotic mother, who herself is distressed from a loveless relationship with Rose’s father. Rose finds a friend in Anna Bates. Rose meets Anna and John Bates when she is outside crying woefully. They give her sympathy and a breath mint to hide the fact that she has been smoking. She has told Anna to come to her if she needs anything, and Anna does when she wants to learn how to reel. It is Rose who teaches her to dance for the Ghillies ball.

Rose is, with the permission of Susan and Hugh – and one thing they actually agree on – allowed to reside at Downton Abbey while Hugh and Susan are in India.

Series FourEdit

Sometime after September 1921, Rose arrives at Downton and has evidently settled in by February 1922. Feeling guilty for her mother’s stealing O’Brien away from Cora, she decides to place an advertisement for a new lady’s maid at the local telegrpah office. When former maid Edna Braithwaite responds, Rose and Cora interview her in Ripon. Rose encourages Cora to take her on, unaware of Edna’s past at Downton and of her true, dark intentions for returning.

Feeling a little bored, Rose manages to convince Mary’s lady’s maid, Anna Bates, to accompany her into town where the two visit a dance hall. Rose’s presence catches the attention of a young man named Sam Thawley who asks her for a dance. During the dance, Rose lies to him and tells him she is a servant at Downton Abbey.

Before the dance ended, another young man who also wishes to dance with Rose interrupts. He is a little drunk and he demands that Rose dance with him instead. She refuses, preferring to dance with Sam. He grabs her so Sam defends her and tries to push the other man away, causing a fight. In the meantime, Jimmy had also noticed them heading into the hall and he and Anna persuade Rose to run before the police appear to break up the fight.

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Rose and Sam kiss.
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Later on that evening, Sam turned up at the door for the servants quarters. Anna opened the door and rushed to tell Rose the problem, since he still thinks she is a servant. She decides with Anna’s help to dress up as a servant to greet him. She kisses him at first but then she tells him their relationship must end, pretending it is because she is to marry a farmer.
Rose accompanies Mary, Tom, Rosamund to the Lotus jazz club in London with Lord Gillingham, a love interest of Mary, and Sir John Bullock, who had caught Rose’s eye at a Downton house party. Unfortunately, Bullock gets too drunk, but Rose does not sit down with the rest of her relatives and continues dancing. Unfortunately Bullock quickly leaves her on the dance floor when he gets sick.

Rose dances with Jack Ross.
Instead of facing humiliation, Rose is saved when the lead singer at the club, American Jack Ross, immediately steps in and dances with her. Rose’s relatives, Rosamund in particular, are not pleased, because Jack is both an entertainer and black. But Rose does not mind at all.
Upon learning of plans for a birthday party for Robert, Rose decides to invite Ross and his band members to Downton to entertain, but keeps it a surprise. She greets Ross when he arrives in the servants’ quarters.

Mary later spots Rose and Jack kissing each other. Rose once again goes to London to see Jack, and they kiss again. Tom later spots Rose again with Jack in Thirsk, when she told the family she would be shopping. Mary then speaks to Rose, insisting she does not want Rose to lose control of her life. But Rose, angrily, insists she loves Jack and does not care about that he is black. Rose reveals she has decided to marry Jack, caring not what it takes. She also says she wants to see her mother’s face crumble when she tells her.

Mary goes up to London to speak to Jack, asking him if he’s sure she loves him because she primarily wants to upset her mother. Jack admits he loves her but does not wish for her to be looked down upon by others, so he has already decided not to marry her. Afterwards, Rose is angry with Mary, accusing her of being like her mom. Mary says she is not, but tells Rose if she is going to complicate her life she should do so for the right reasons.

Christmas Special 2013Edit

Rose’s coming out ball is held in the summer of 1923 in London. There she meets her friend Madeleine Allsopp, daughter of Lord Aysgarth. Rose befriends Freda Dudley Ward, who is the mistress of the heir to the throne. Freda later informs Rose that a letter from the prince to her has been taken by Terence Sampson after they all spent an evening together in a club. (By joking about the letter, Rose had, as Robert says, as good as given Sampson the letter). Rose, feeling guilty, then informs Robert. Rose remarks that the prince’s profession must be a lonely job. Robert, though angered by the prince’s indiscretion, is determined to preserve the monarchy from scandal.

Rose, Mary, and Charles Blake go to Sampson’s flat to search for the letter while Robert distracts Sampson with a poker game involving Aysgarth, Tom, Lord Gillingham, and Harold Levinson. The search fails, but then John Bates reveals the letter; he had suspected it was in Sampson’s coat and sneaked it out.


She is accompanied by Cora when presented to King George V, Queen Mary, and the Prince of Wales, who later dances with her at Grantham House. Mrs Dudley Ward had told the prince to be grateful to Rose.
Relationships Edit

Terence MargadaleEdit

By the time she dances with Terrence in the Blue Dragon, they evidently have spent some time together. Rose believed what Terence told her about being in love with her and wanting to marry after he divorced his “absolutely horrid” wife. However, after being discovered by Rose’s family one night in a club called the Blue Dragon, their relationship status is left unknown, most likely having ended by 1921.

Her ParentsEdit

Rose’s relationship with her mother is evidently strained whilst her father is more understanding. Susan does not approve of Rose’s choices in fashion and behaviour, always responding coldly to Rose’s remarks. Her father on the other hand she does appear to love, not wanting him to know about her affair with Margadale and asking him to stick up for her when Susan disapproves of Rose’s dress for a ball, which he does. When Rose decides to marry Jack Ross, she remarks to Mary how she wants to see her mother’s face crumble when she announces the news, thus reaffirming the hatred she has of Susan.

Sam ThawleyEdit


Rose is immediately attracted to Sam as he is to her when they meet in York. Sam is attracted to her as well, asking after her at Downton following a fight between himself and another man over dancing with her. Rose however sends him away with a kiss.
Jack RossEdit

In London, Rose meets Jack and dances with him. She immediately takes a liking to him despite the reservations of her relatives. After bringing him and his band members over to perform at Downton, she shares a kiss with him. Rose later went to London and met Jack where in a boat share a passionate kiss in public. Rose decides to marry him inspite of his status and skin color, not caring what others would think of her. Mary questions Rose’s real motives when she expreses her wish to upset her mother. Jack, who is deeply in love with Rose, later breaks the engagement himself. Nevertheless he still loves her, having enjoyed her dreams, and telling Mary he feels Rose is “more than you allow.”

Lady Rosamund Painswick (née Crawley, b. 1870 or before[citation needed]) is the widow of a very wealthy banker, the late Marmaduke Painswick and the daughter of the previous Earl of Grantham and Violet Crawley; her closest ally within the family is her only sibling Robert. She is the sister-in-law of Cora, aunt of Lady Mary, Lady Edith and the late Lady Sybil, aunt-in-law of the late Matthew Crawley and Tom Branson and great-aunt of Sybbie Branson and George Crawley.
She lives in London by herself on 35 Eaton Square. She likes to meddle in family affairs and has a very close bond to Robert and Downton Abbey[1].


Character in the SeriesEdit

Series 1Edit

Rosamund is first mentioned when she writes a letter to Matthew Crawley, welcoming him into the family. She writes to her family often from her home in Eaton Square, London. Robert receives a letter from her telling him that people have been gossiping about her niece, Lady Mary. Cora laughs and says that Rosamund was probably asking for “a leg of lamb and all the vegetables we can muster.” Robert responds, saying she misses the taste of her old home. Cora speculates on the possibility of there being a male heir with a stronger claim to the title of Earl of Grantham. This plants uncertainty into Mary’s mind, which makes Matthew lose interest in her, much to the chagrin of Violet, Robert, and Cora. She is present at the garden party where Robert receives the telegram declaring England is at war with Germany.

Series 2Edit

Rosamund appears again in 1917, when Sir Richard Carlisle visits Downton Abbey. She comes with him on the journey, and states that “he never took his nose out of his own newspapers, but I’m sure I’ll like him.” She witnesses an argument between Sir Richard and Lavinia Swire, Matthew’s new fiance. Violet convinces her that Mary is still in love with Matthew, and mother and daughter conspire to split Matthew and Lavinia.

Lavinia has tea with the two women, who do their best to intimidate her. She notices this, and confides in Mary about a time when Sir Richard blackmailed her into starting the Marconi scandal. Mary has the opportunity to destroy Lavinia with this information, but chose not to, which annoyed Rosamund.

2011 Christmas SpecialEdit

Rosamund stays at Downton in the winter of 1919 for Christmas and the New Year. She brings with her a new lady’s maid, Marigold Shore and Lord Hepworth, a gentleman interested in marrying her, however prmarily for her fortune, as he is in debt and has had to sell several of the family estates. Regardless of what her mother (who is well acquainted with the family, having been “pursued” by Lord Hepworth’s father in the late 1860s) thinks of the ‘unsuitable marriage’ she insists she is “tired of being alone” and seriously considers marrying Lord Hepworth, the process being helped along by Shore, who is eager to see her mistress marry Hepworth. Violet asks Robert if it is alright for Rosamund to marry a fortune hunter. He says yes, but firmly agrees with his mother that the money should be tied up (so Hepworth cannot touch it).

Housemaid Anna notices the closeness of Shore and Lord Hepworth on several occasions which leads her to discover their affair, on the night of the servants’ ball. Anna informs Mary, who in turn leads her Aunt Rosamund to the site of the affair, where Rosamund learns Shore was only interested in her marrying Hepworth so she and her lover could be near. Shore and Hepworth are told to leave the house first thing in the morning, with Shore stating “don’t worry we will.”

Rosamund is shaken and angered by the discovery, remarking “I so hate it when Mama is proved right”, referring to her Mother’s warnings that Lord Hepworth was an unsuitable spouse.

Series 3Edit

Lady Edith Crawley, Matthew Crawley, and Lady Rose MacClare go to London together for various reasons, and stay in Rosamund’s house in Eaton Square. Rosamund invites them all to dinner that night, but Rose is late so they start without her. Then her butler, Mead, brings in the driver who took Rose out. He informs them she and a friend spent two hours together out of his sight in Warwick Square, to which Rosamund remarks “how very expensive.”

Rosamund, Edith, and Matthew find Rose with Terence Margadale in the Blue Dragon. Rosamund immediately asks him how his wife is. The following morning Rosamund scolds Rose for her behavior, reminding her of her stature. Rosamund feels guilty not telling Rose’s mother, but Matthew promises to personally inform her if Rose steps out of line again. Rosamund agrees to this. She is later present at the cricket match talking to Edith, and she is outraged when she discovers that Violet tricked her into revealing Rose’s affair with Margadale.

Series 4Edit

Rosamund accompanies her niece Mary, Tom, Rose, John Bullock and Lord Gillingham to the Lotus jazz club. She dances with Tom and talks about his excellent relationship with the family. To her horror, after Bullock abandons Rose on the dance floor Jack Ross starts dancing with her.

Later, while Edith is in London, she returns to Rosamund’s house unusually late, or rather early as it is morning, but is spotted by one of Rosamund’s maids. Rosamund immediately confronts her. Rosamund points out Edith is trusting Michael Gregson with her name and reputation. When Edith insists she does trust him because he wants to marry her, Rosamund compares it to how she trusted Anthony Strallan, upsetting her. Rosamund warns her that while many things are changing, some things will not. Though Edith does not regret her night with Michael, Rosamund says she might find herself feeling sorry later.

Edith visits Rosamund again, and Rosamund asks Edith what is troubling her. Edith confesses everything to her, including her consideration of getting an abortion. Rosamund kindly tells Edith she refuses to be shocked and will support her every step of the way, and even accompanies her to the clinic in spite of her advice against being against Edith’s decision (she remarks that it is not only illegal but extremely dangerous, and does not know what to say to the rest of the family should it go terribly wrong). But in the end, Edith chooses not to go through with it. Rosamund later promises to Edith that if she wants support when she reveals the truth to her family, she will be there for her.

After Rosamund offers to come to Downton to support Edith when she reveals the truth to her mother (which ultimately does not happen), Edith reveals an idea to give the child to local farmer Tim Drewe. Rosamund insists this is too risky, citing possibilities such as Drewe opening his mouth, Edith being seen too much at the farm, or if the child greatly resembles her. Rosamund instead suggests they go to the continent with the excuse of learning French, but to find a couple to give the child to, a plan that upsets Edith because she wants to be a part of her child’s life and upbringing. Unfortunately for them Violet soon learns the truth, but agrees to support Edith as well. Rosamund also notes on Mary’s numerous suitors, wondering when they will all propose.

2013 Christmas SpecialEdit

Rosamund, like Violet, is eager for Edith to move on after giving up her child in Geneva. But when Edith decides to go back, reclaim her child, and go through with her original plan, Rosamund protests. When Edith shares more ominous news regarding Michael’s time in Germany, she expresses grief for Edith and a wish that Michael had kept to himself rather than speak against the brown shirts he quarreled with. Though she does show sympathy for Edith and worry for Michael’s disappearance, she insists to Edith that there will be other loves and other children, but this does not help Edith.

At the Grantham House ball, Edith tells her mother and Rosamund that not only is she going home early but she is going back to the continent. Rosamund tries to disuade her again by asking if someone else could go for her, but Edith replies no.

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