| Marigold N.N. |
|Born||Late December, 1922 or Early January 1923 (age 2-3)|
|Residence||Brancaster Castle, Northumberland, England|
|Title(s)|| A dear little thing (by her maternal grandmother)|
Darling (by her mother Edith)
Miss Marigold (by Downton's servants and her aunt)
|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|
Margie Drewe (formerly)
Timothy Drewe (formerly)
|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.
Series 5 Edit
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]
- "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
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
- "I believe we should offer little Marigold a home here."
- —Cora accepts Marigold as the family's "ward"
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
- 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
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
- "She was bored. They were paying no attention, none at all."
- —Mrs Drewe[src]
- "If you mean Marigold, that's settled. You know I am sorry."
- —Violet to Cora[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]
- "Marigold is my daughter."
- —A reluctant Edith to Bertie[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|
|Series 5||Episode 1|
|Series 6||Episode 1|
|Episode 4||Episode 5|
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