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Bishop Richard De WarrenEdit

Bishop Richard De Warren is credited by Edith as having built the side aisle of one of the churches she and Matthew visit.

Appearances
Mention
Matthew: "Does it say anything about the side aisle?"
Edith: "The side aisles were added in the 14th century by Bishop Richard De Warren."
Episode 1.03
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Beth Edit

Beth was one of the servants at Crawley House, who worked for Matthew and Isobel Crawley after they moved there. She doubled as housemaid and kitchen maid.

Appearances

Mention

Isobel Crawley: "So, are you the whole of our new household?"
Joseph Molesley: "There's a local girl, ma'am, Beth. She to double under housemaid and kitchen maid."
Isobel Crawley and her new butler, Joseph Molesley, upon her arrival at Crawley House.[src]
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Corporal Frank BrownEdit

Corporal Frank Brown was a corporal who fought for the British in the Great War, in the Duke of Manchester's Own regiment. He died sometime before 1919, and was buried at the cemetery in Downton, by Thomas Jackson and William Mason, who served in the same regiment.

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Mr Bromidge's motherEdit

Mr Bromidge's mother was a housemaid and the mother of Mr Bromidge. She was instrumental in the employment of Gwen Dawson as her son's new secretary in 1914, as Gwen was a housemaid herself.

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Ivy BurnsEdit

Ivy Burns is the deceased wife of Joe Burns.

Appearances
Mrs. Hughes: "Yes, it must have been hard for you when Ivy died."
Joe Burns: "Took some getting used to."
Episode 1.04
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Peter BurnsEdit

Peter Burns (fl. 1913) is the son of Joe and Ivy Burns who went off to join the army. Whether he survived World War I is unknown.

Appearances

Episode 1.04 (Mentioned only)

Mention
Mrs. Hughes: "What about your son? Do you see much of him?"
Joe Burns: "Peter? No. I would’ve given him a share of the farm if he wanted it, but he’s joined the army."
Episode 1.04
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General BurtonEdit

General Burton commands the Richmond division according to Dr. Clarkson at the time Thomas is inquiring about a medical position.

Appearances
Mention
"I've done as I promised. General Burton is commanding the Division at Richmond and I think I may have a place there for you."
—Dr. Clarkson to Thomas Barrow, Episode 1.07
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Colonel CartwrightEdit

Colonel Cartwright would be the commanding officer for Thomas according to Dr. Clarkson, under General Burton.

Appearances
Mention
"Under Colonel Cartwright. These are the papers."
—Dr. Clarkson to Thomas Barrow, Episode 1.07
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Mrs CobbEdit

Mrs Cobb was the previous tenant at the cottage given to Charles Carson and Elsie Hughes after their marriage in 1925.

Appearances
Barrow: "I'd like some volunteers to clean Mrs Cobb's cottage for the Carson's. His Lordship would like it done before they get back."
Andy: "I don't mind. I could go up with the maids in the morning."
Episode 6.04
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Jack CourtenayEdit

Jack Courtenay was Lt. Edward Courtenay's youngest brother. When his brother became blind from mustard gas in 1917, his family wrote to him saying that Jack had Edward's best interest at heart, having decided to take Edward's place in the army.

Thomas: ""Things cannot be as they were and, whatever you might think, Jack has your best interest at heart.""
Edward Courtenay: "Stop."
Thomas: "Who's Jack?"
Edward Courtenay: "My younger brother. He means to replace me. It's what he's always wanted."
Thomas Barrow reading a letter to the now-blind Edward Courtenay[src]

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Mr Cox Edit

Mr Cox was mentioned by Joss Tufton in the 2012 Christmas Special. He was a produce supplier based in Thirsk and was one of Mrs. Patmore's suppliers at Downton Abbey.  In 1921 he sold his shop to Tufton.

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Peter Coyle Edit

Peter Coyle was a footman in Mrs Benton's house where Baxter was a lady's maid. In around 1920, Coyle convinced Baxter to steal some jewels for him and gave Baxter a place to met him so that she could deliver the jewels. However, Coyle did not show up at the location and he handed in his notice the previous night. Furthermore, Baxter was reported to the police by Mrs Benton and she was sentenced to five years in prison, but was released after three.

In 1925, Coyle is on bail for theft, and Sergeant Willis tells Baxter and Molesley that Coyle uses many unsuspecting women to commit crimes for him and some become prostitutes. Willis wants Baxter to testify at Coyle's trial so that no woman can be victimized by Coyle in the future. Baxter reluctantly agrees to this.

At Coyle's trial, the latter looked at the list of witnesses that were to testify against him, and changed his plea from not guilty to guilty. Soon after he was imprisoned, Coyle wrote a letter to Baxter asking her to visit him in jail.

Appearances
Baxter: "A chance for what, revenge? What good would that do?"
Sgt Willis: "Not for revenge. To stop other girls from being tricked into the life of crime. Two of the women [Peter Coyle] used are prostitutes now. At least one is dead. Do you want him to go on?"
Episode 6.04
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Mr Crump Edit

Mr Crump was mentioned by a stranger Sybil and Gwen meet in episode 1.05 on the way back from Gwen's interview and after the horse has lost a shoe. He was mentioned as the smith in the next town.

Appearances

Mention

Sybil: "Can you help? I should be so grateful. Our horse has cast his shoe. Is there a smithy nearby?"
Stranger: "Ah, you can try old Crump in the next village."
Sybil: "Thank you."
Episode 1.05
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Mr DauntEdit

Mr Daunt is the current valet to Lord Sinderby. Thomas Barrow and Phyllis Baxter used his name to earn Lord Sinderby's rude and snobbish butler Stowell a black mark with Lord Sinderby.

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Mr Dorrit Edit

Mr Dorrit is the husband of Mrs Dorrit who posed as the wife of Ian McKidd who in turn was posing as Dr Fletcher as the first guests at Mrs Patmore's Bed and Breakfast. Sergeant Willis informs Mrs Patmore and Mrs Hughes of the pending litigation.

Appearances
Sgt Willis: "Not as respectable as you think. Dr Fletcher was a Mr Ian McKidd and his wife was a Mrs Dorrit."
Mrs Patmore: "What?"
Sgt Willis: "Mr Dorrit is now suing Mr McKidd for damages related to adultery. You may be called upon to testify."
Episode 6.08
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Walter EvansEdit

Walter Evans was a villager of Downton who, in 1912, won the annual Chadacre Cup for Best Exotic Plant at the Downton Village Flower Show.

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Mrs GauntEdit

Mrs Gaunt is the telephone operator at the time the telephone is first installed at Downton Abbey. She is not seeen but is on the other end of the line when Carson first tries to use the phone.

Appearances
Mention
Carson: "I'm not shouting! Who are you?"
Mrs. Gaunt: "Mrs Gaunt."
Carson: "Oh, Mrs Gaunt."
Mrs. Gaunt: "What number do you want?"
Carson: "No, I don't want to place a call."
Episode 1.07
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Lizzy GregsonEdit

Lizzy Gregson is the lunatic wife of the late Michael Gregson.

Michael tells Edith Crawley that his wife is insane, and was placed in an asylum some time before 1920. He goes on to tell Edith that Lizzy used to be a wonderful person whom he loved very much, and that it was very hard for him to finally accept that the woman he knew and loved was, in his words, "gone" and "wouldn't be coming back".

He wants to marry Edith by 1921, but they both already know it is impossible for Michael to divorce her, because being a lunatic does not make Lizzy responsible in the eyes of the law, so she is neither the guilty nor the innocent party.

However, by 1922 Michael, determined to be with Edith, had learned that in other countries insanity is legal grounds for divorce. He tells her that he has learned if he becomes a German citizen, he can divorce Lizzy.

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Mr HarlipEdit

Mr Harlip was a cousin of Vera Bates's, who lived in the north of England.

Appearances

Mention

Bates: "How did you get on with Vera's book?"
Anna: "I had a few answers waiting for me when I got back. And two returned "address unknown"."
Bates: "Who from?"
Anna: "Let me see, one was a Mr Harlip, I think, and the other was Mrs Bartlett."
Bates: "Harlip, he doesn't matter. He was a cousin in the north, she never saw him. But Mrs Bartlett's a shame. She lived on the corner, she was very friendly with Vera."
John Bates and Anna Bates in Episode 3.02.
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Thomas JacksonEdit

Private Thomas Jackson was a private who fought for the British in the Great War, in the Duke of Manchester's Own regiment. He died sometime before 1919, and was buried at the cemetery in Downton, by Corporal Frank Brown and William Mason, who served in the same regiment.

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JimmyEdit

Jimmy is a currier for the Downton post office who Mrs Wigan says will bring up the telegram concerning the fate of Patrick and James Crawley following the sinking of the Titanic. The Postmaster offers to run it up, but Mrs Wigan says to leave it until Jimmy gets in.

Appearances
Mrs Wigan: "Oh my God!"
Postmaster: "That's impossible. I'll take it up there now."
Mrs Wigan: "Don't be stupid, none of them will be up for hours. What difference will it make? Jimmy will do it when he comes in."
Episode 1.01
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Mrs MargadaleEdit

Mrs Margadale is Terence Margadale's wife. Her husband is committing adultery with Lady Rose MacClare, the daughter of the man her husband works under.

In the Blue Dragon, when Lady Rosamund asks him where his wife is after catching him with Lady Rose, he replies she is in the country, but stutters and says no more.

Rose later tells Matthew that Mrs. Margadale "is absolutely horrid." Matthew angrily replies Rose should meet her before jumping to conclusions.

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MonkEdit

Monk is a servant of Michael Gregson.

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Alice NealEdit

Mrs Hughes: "And you were fond of her?"
Carson: "I was. But people drift in and out of your life, don't they? Truth to tell, I felt she treated me badly. What does it matter anyway? We shout and scream and wail and cry but in the end we must all die."
— An exchange between Mrs Hughes and Mr Carson, in 1922.[src]

Alice Neal (died c. 1917) was an old romantic interest of Charles Carson, in the 1890s. Carson kept a photograph of her as a memento.

Alice, however, chose Charles Grigg over Carson, and he never saw her again. According to Grigg, however, their relationship had never worked, and they separated. When she was about to die, Grigg visited her at St Thomas' Hospital and she said Carson was the better man and that she loved him, but she had been a fool and could not see it at the time.

Mrs Hughes later presents Carson with a present: a framed photograph of Alice, so he can always remember her and the staff will think of him as more human.

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Clive PullbrookEdit

Clive Pullbrook was an acquaintance of Reggie Swire's, who was supposed to be the second-in-line to receive the entirety of Swire's fortune. Reginald Swire, in the event of the death of his only daughter, left a last will which left his fortune to one of three men. The fortune which was much greater than his life seemed to suggest was to remain undivided and going to the first man on the list provided that he survive Reggie. Clive Pullbrook is the second man on the list, the first one having died. Before late 1919, Mr Pullbrook travelled to India, to visit some tea plantations that he owned there. He went missing there in India, and had never been seen again. After Swire's death, in the last few days of December 1919, he was impossible to reach. People were sent to search for him and it was discovered that he had been killed. The question remained as to whether he had died before or after Swire. Had he died before Swire then the money went to Matthew Crawley the third-in-line, but had he died after Swire the money would go to Pullbrook's heirs. It was determined that he died before, thus Matthew Crawley, was the heir. His receiving the money was delayed until a death certificate could be obtained from India, not an immediate task. Eventually the certificate arrived and was brought to Matthew by Swire's lawyer Mr. Charkham. Matthew Crawley was then able to claim the money and invested it in Downton Abbey. Swire wrote a letter to each of his potential heirs. As Pullbrook did not survive to inherit, his letter was not delivered. Mary Crawley at one point calls him Mr. Pillbox.

Appearances

Mention

Matthew: "Sometime before Reggie's death, Pullbrook travelled to the East, to India, to some tea plantations he owned there."
Isobel: "And?"
Matthew: "He's never been heard of since. They've made enquiries, they've sent an agent out to visit his property... There's no sign of him."
— An exchange between Matthew Crawley and his mother, Isobel, when he learns that with Pullbrook missing, he'll inherit Reggie Swire's fortune.[src]
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Wife of Sir Michael ReresbyEdit

The wife of Sir Michael Reresby is his deceased wife who was a Lady-in-waiting[1] to the Duchess of Connaught. She had two sons, but they both died in the war.

Appearances
Michael Reresby: "As you can see, we've rather let things slide. It's been very difficult since my wife died."
Thomas: "I can imagine sir Michael."
Michael Reresby: "She was a Lady-in-waiting for the old Duchess of Connaught."
Episode 6.03
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Mrs TonkinsEdit

Mrs Tonkins is employed by Sir Michael Reresby and comes in three days a week to perform unspecified duties.

Appearances
Thomas: "So, can you let me know more about the job. How many staff do you have?"
Michael Reresby: "Well, there is Mrs Tonkins. She comes in three days a week."
Episode 6.03
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Mr TrewinEdit

Mr Trewin is a teacher at the Downton School wishing to retire midterm in 1925. His cottage and some of his duties are offered by Mr Dawes to Joseph Molesley.

Appearances
Mr Dawes: "I'm glad I've caught you."
Molesley: "Oh, why is that?"
Mr Dawes: "It seems that Mr Trewin wants to retire. He told me on Sunday. He'll finish the term, then move to his sister's in Bath."
2015 Christmas Special

David WhiteEdit

David White was a villager of Downton who, in 1912, won an award at the annual Downton Village Flower Show.

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