| Mr Mason |
|Family|| Mrs Mason (wife)† |
William Mason (son)†
Daisy Mason nee Robinson (daughter-in-law)
|Behind the scenes|
|Portrayed by||Paul Copley|
Despite his son's wish to be a groom (due to his natural affinity with horses), Mrs Mason was determined that her son would one day be a butler and so he became a footman to please her. Even as she was near death, she refused to let William know because she thought his job was more important. Mary Crawley, noticing William's kind nature, decided it was wrong and told him to visit his mother as soon as possible although she did not tell him how grave his mother's illness truly was. William was able to say his final farewell to his mother before her death, but still remained very upset over it. It is unknown how Mr Mason reacted.
With the outbreak of World War I, William is eager to serve but his father refuses because William is an only child. But after being presented with a white feather and support from Isobel Crawley, William finally gets to enlist. It is not known how his father reacted to this. William becomes engaged to Daisy and is sent to be a servant to Matthew Crawley on the front lines. However, both Matthew and William are injured and while Crawley's injuries render him paralysed from the waist down, William's are proved to be fatal and he is brought back to Downton to die slowly but in the company of his family from lung failure. He also saved the life of Captain Crawley by taking the shell which then killed him. During this time, he marries Daisy before passing peacefully away on the 26th July 1918. Mr Mason arrived at Downton Abbey for the wedding.
He was next seen speaking to Daisy at William's grave following Lavinia Swire's funeral. He remarks that there is nothing more terrible when young people die. He tries to contact Daisy and does have a drink with her, as Mrs Hughes explains, "You're all he's got, Daisy."
From this point on, Daisy and Mr Mason agree to support one another as father and daughter, Daisy having no parents of her own and never being special to anyone, "except William" as Mr Mason makes her realize. Then he says she is special to him. He then gives her a ride away from the farm on her way back to Downton Abbey in order to talk to her, and gives her some encouragement and the confidence to ask Mrs Patmore for a promotion. He also advises her to stop listening to Marigold Shore, who had caused a riff between Daisy and Mrs Patmore.
Daisy revisits him at his farm twice in 1920. The first time, he talks to her while feeding animals when she asks him about liking another man. He assures her he would never want her to be alone in life, and nor would William.
The second time (to which she tells her colleagues she's looking forward), he reveals his wish to name her his heir and even asks her to move in with him so he can teach her how to run the farm, encouraging her by saying she could her cooking skills on the farm, as well as that other widows have taken up the tenancy of farms. She is uneasy about this, having always thought she would spend her entire life in service. He remarks that he does not believe estates like Downton Abbey will continue on as they have done.
Mrs Patmore refers to his offer to Daisy as a generous one. Daisy herself says he is "ever so generous, and so kind" and says his farm is "a lovely place".
Mr Mason also once again expresses his wish to Daisy that she move to his farm permanently one day.
|Appearances and Mentions|
|Series 2||Episode 1||Episode 2||Episode 3||Episode 4||Episode 5|
|Episode 6||Episode 7||Episode 8|
|Series 3||Episode 1||Episode 2||Episode 3||Episode 4||Episode 5||Episode 6|
|Episode 7||Episode 8||Christmas Special|
|Series 4||Episode 1||Episode 2||Episode 3||Episode 4||Episode 5||Episode 6||Episode 7||Episode 8|