Marigold N.N.
Biographical information
Born Late December, 1922 or Early January 1923 (age 2-3)
Residence Brancaster Castle, Northumberland, England
Downton Abbey, Downton, Yorkshire, England (formerly)

Yew Tree Farm, Yorkshire, England (formerly)
Geneva, Switzerland (formerly)

Title(s) A dear little thing (by her maternal grandmother)
Darling (by her mother Edith)
Miss Marigold (by Downton's servants and her aunt)
Physical information
Gender Female
Hair colour Brown
Eye colour Gray
Family information
Immediate Michael Gregson (biological father) †
Edith Pelham ( mother/legal guardian )
Herbert Pelham (stepfather)
Timothy Drewe (former foster father)
Margie Drewe (former foster mother)
Peter Drewe (former foster brother)
Billy Drewe (former foster brother)
Unnamed former foster sister
Robert Crawley (maternal grandfather)
Cora Crawley (maternal grandmother)
Mirada Pelham (step-grandmother)
Mary Talbot (maternal aunt)
Sybil Branson (maternal aunt) †
Matthew Crawley (maternal marital uncle) †
Tom Branson (maternal marital uncle)
Henry Talbot (maternal marital uncle)
Sybbie Branson (maternal first cousin)
George Crawley (maternal first cousin)
Violet Crawley (maternal great-grandmother)
Patrick Crawley (maternal great-grandfather) †
Rosamund Painswick (maternal grandaunt)
Martha Levinson (maternal great-grandmother)
Isidore Levinson (maternal great-grandfather) †
Harold Levinson (maternal granduncle)
Loyalty Edith Pelham
Herbert Pelham
Margie Drewe (formerly)
Timothy Drewe (formerly)
Crawley family
Sybbie Branson
George Crawley
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by Eva & Karina Samms

Miss Marigold (b. between late December, 1922 or early January, 1923) is the illegitimate daughter and only child of Edith Pelham and the late Michael Gregson. She is the third grandchild and second granddaughter of Robert and Cora Crawley, and therefore the third great-grandchild and second great-granddaughter of Violet Crawley and Martha Levinson. She has two maternal aunts, Mary Talbot and the late Sybil Branson, and three maternal uncles, Tom Branson, the late Matthew Crawley and Henry Talbot. Sybbie Branson and George Crawley are her elder cousins, and Herbert Pelham becomes her stepfather by the end of the show.

When Marigold was first born in Geneva, Switzerland, Edith planned to give her up for adoption with only Lady Rosamund Painswick to know of her existence. However, eventually Violet and Cora learned the truth, along with most of the family, and Cora arranged for Marigold to live at Downton as Edith's "ward". With Edith's marriage to Bertie, Marigold would move to her stepfather's estate of Brancaster Castle and probably live out her childhood there.

Her role in the feature film is yet to known.



  • Photograph of infant Marigold; sometime in late 1922 or early 1923.
  • Two/three-year-old Marigold with her birth mother, Lady Edith Crawley Pelham.
  • Two/three-year-old Marigold with her adoptive mother, Margie Drewe.
  • Edith and Marigold at Christmas when Tom and Sybbie leave Downton.
  • Marigold with her birth mother, maternal grandparents, and cousin George, before Margie Drewe abducted her.

Quotes Edit

Series 5 Edit

—Marigold to her birth mother at Yew Tree Farm[src]

About Marigold Edit

Series 4 Edit

"Edith: I'm not even sure which frightens me most: what may have happened to Michael or the baby."
—Edith to her aunt Rosamund [src]
"It's hard to say the words...but I decided to get rid of it."
Edith, upon deciding to have an abortion[src]
"I am killing the wanted child of a man I'm in love and you've asked me if I thought about it!?"
—Edith to Rosamund in Episode 4.07
"It's not that I don't love him, you know. I do love him. And I would have loved his baby."
Edith to Rosamund upon deciding to have an abortion[src]
"Can we please say 'she' and not 'it'?"
—Edith to her grandmother[src]
Edith: "But what about his child? Doesn't she have some rights?"
Rosamund: "His child is not his child anymore. She belongs to Mr. and Mrs. Schroeder and lives in Geneva with the rest of her family."
— Edith, speaking to Rosamund after Michael Gregson's death.[src]

Series 5 (1924) Edit

"I gave up ten months of my life to make sure she came safely into the world."
—Rosamund wanting see her great-niece
"She wants Marigold as her toy, to be poked and prodded by every stay guest from the big house!! And you've done this!! You've done it!!'"
Mrs Drewe angrily to her husband
"And you never thought to tell me that I have a third grandchild!?"
Cora to Rosamund
"I believe we should offer little Marigold a home here."
—Cora accepts Marigold as the family's "ward"
"Robert: Edith is obsessed with that child.

Cora: She's a dear little thing. Robert: Yes. But as a matter of fact, there is something about her. Cora: About Marigold? What? Robert: I don't know. Some kind of deja vu. Can't put my finger on it."

—Robert and Cora about their second and youngest granddaughter
"I realized today what it is about Marigold that keeps catching my eye. She reminds me of Michael Gregson."
Robert to Cora about his realization on Marigold's true parentage
Cora: "And you'll love her? Your new granddaughter?"
Robert: "As a matter of fact, and perhaps to my surprise, I rather think I will."
— Episode 8
"Edith wanted to say 'Come to Mummy', but she stopped herself."
—Robert, to Cora, watching Edith
"I can't give her up."
—Edith to Robert, upon discovering that he discovered the truth about Marigold's parentage
"Now we must do our best for his child; for his sake as well as yours."
—Robert accepting Marigold into the family.

Series 6 (1925) Edit

Barrow: "I've had Miss Marigold on my back since luncheon."
Molesley: "How lucky is that child? What was she? A farmer's adopted daughter until she caught the eye of Lady Edith. Now she'll live to grow up in a great house."
— Episode 6.01
"Where's Miss Marigold, milady?"
Mrs Hughes to Edith[src]
"She was bored. They were paying no attention, none at all."
—Mrs Drewe[src]
Mrs Drewe: "Where else would I bring her? This is her home. And no one was looking after her."
Mr Drewe: "Give her to me…please."
Mr Drewe to his wife, after she has abducted Marigold[src]
"If you mean Marigold, that's settled. You know I am sorry."
—Violet to Cora[src]
Mary: "Anna, is there any talk in the Servants' Hall about Miss Marigold?"
Anna: "Well, everyone thinks she's a lucky little girl being taken in by the family, but they would think that."
— Episode 6.05
Edith: "And this is Marigold."
Bertie: "God bless you, Marigold. What a lovely place this is grow up."
— Edith shows a sleeping Marigold to Bertie Pelham[src]
"Would you let me bring Marigold with me? The truth is I'm much fonder of her than everyone else and I'd hate to leave her behind."
—Edith to Bertie after his proposal.[src]
"Do you think he will marry Edith...if he learns about Marigold?"
—Rosamund to Robert about Bertie
"There's still Marigold. She hasn't told him and she must if they are to have any chance of happiness."
—Uncertain, about Edith telling Bertie the truth
"Have you told him about Marigold?"
—Rosamund to Edith[src]
"You couldn't accept him without telling him. About Marigold--who she really is."
Mary to Edith[src]
"Marigold is my daughter."
—A reluctant Edith to Bertie[src]
"Mary thought Edith told him about Marigold."
Tom Branson to Robert [src]
"Send Marigold to a school in London?"
—Robert to Edith[src]
"If I say yes, which is a big if, would we tell your mother the truth about Marigold?"
—Edith to Bertie[src]
"Does she know about Marigold?"
—Cora to Robert about Mrs Pelham[src]
"I couldn't come to live with your mother, watch her play with Marigold, and keep her in the dark. I just couldn't. "
—Edith to Bertie[src]
"I'm taking Marigold to Brancaster, so she'll be there when you come back."
—Cora to Edith [src]


  • It is unknown if her name was chosen by Edith, the Schroeders', or the Drewes. Her middle name is also unknown.
  • She was mentioned in the eighth and ninth episodes of Series 4; though not by name.
  • She is the only Downton grandchild who spoke least in the series; as her cousins, Sybbie and George, spoke frequently in the fifth and sixth seasons.
  • Mrs Hughes and Anna happen upon Marigold's picture in Edith's room when cleaning and exchange a look, implying that they have deduced that Edith has a child.
  • Marigold is the only member of her generation in the Crawley family not born in England.
  • Marigold is the second child on the show born out of wedlock whose father was killed; the first being Charlie Parks.
  • The 2013 Christmas Special (early summer 1923) opens with Ivy saying that Edith just came back from 8 months away in Switzerland. She nursed her for a few months so that puts her birth around January/February 1923, or perhaps December 1922. This implies that she is — or close to — three years of age in the 2015 Christmas Special.
    • However, Rosamund says - in Episode 5.05 - that she spent "10 months" of her life making sure the baby came safely. Possibly, Rosamund may have been counting the weeks or so that she knew that Edith was pregnant and then the many months that proceed it in Geneva with Edith during her pregnancy. Or better yet, Edith and Rosamund may have spent a month or two in Switzerland after Marigold was born as Edith is already two months pregnant (having been told mid-June and trip announcement in August) when they announce that they would to leave to go aboard to Switzerland to study French.
  • Legally, Marigold's surname is Crawley, judging by the fact that Edith was able to use the birth certificate to prove she was Marigold's birth mother. However, due to Marigold's status as an illegitimate child, her surname to everyone else while she was living at Yew Tree Farm would be whatever the surname of the fake father (made up by Mr Drewe) was, or possible Drewe itself as hinted when Mrs Drewe mentioned they had Christened her.
    • It is also possible that Marigold's surname was changed back to Crawley when she moved into Downton to help strengthen the story of Edith's officially adopting her, or even to Pelham when Edith married Bertie as Marigold would now be his "ward" as well as hers. However, this remains unconfirmed.
  • If Marigold is officially adopted by Bertie Pelham, as an adopted child she would not be entitled to the sobriquet "Lady" usually accorded to the daughters of a marquess, but would instead remain "Miss Marigold [Pelham]". Meanwhile, any future daughters Edith may have would be "Lady [First name] Pelham." Even if Marigold was a legitimate child, she cannot be called "Lady" because her biological father was not titled.
  • The only people who know the truth behind Marigold's parentage are Edith Pelham, Rosamund Painswick, Violet Crawley, Timothy Drewe, Margie Drewe, Cora Crawley, Robert Crawley, Tom Branson, Mary Talbot, Herbert Pelham, Mirada Pelham, Elsie Carson, Anna Bates, Beryl Patmore, and possibly Laura Edmunds, Isobel Grey and Henry Talbot.
  • Mrs Hughes and Anna speculating on whether Marigold will be told her true identity implies that while she grows up, the family, specifically Edith and Bertie, will continue to pass her off as their orphaned ward.


Appearances and Mentions
Series 4 Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 Episode 5 Episode 6 Episode 7 Episode 8
Christmas Special
Series 5 Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6
Episode 7
Episode 8
Christmas Special
Series 6 Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4 Episode 5
Episode 6
Episode 7
Episode 8
Christmas Special


  1. BAFTA Celebrates Downton Abbey - Page 11 at

External LinksEdit

  1. Granny's Past and a Baby Bates? Downton Abbey Season 5 Scoop: By TV Guide. Posted Jul. 23, 2014 @ 12:05 am, Page 1
  2. Downton Abbey’ Season 5 SPOILERS: Twins Cast To Play Edith’s Baby Daughter; Filming Begins With New Cast Members at Fashion N Style
  3. Downton Abbey The Crawley Family at TV Tropes

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