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Mr Mason
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Biographical information
Marital status Widower
Physical information
Gender Male
Hair colour Gray
Family information
Family Mrs Mason (wife)†
William Mason (son)†
Daisy Mason nee Robinson (daughter-in-law)
Affiliation
Occupation Tenant Farmer
Loyalty Daisy
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by Paul Copley

Mr Mason is a farmer who owns his own farm. He is the father of William Mason and father-in law of Daisy Mason.

Biography Edit

Series OneEdit

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.

Series Two Edit

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."

2011 Christmas Special Edit

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"Now you're special to me." - Mr Mason to Daisy.
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Daisy, though still feeling uneasy, does visit him at his farm, having promised to do so. Mr Mason tells Daisy she's the nearest thing to a child he has, and that William had three brothers and a sister who died young. He believes one reason William married her was so he would not be alone, because "without you [Daisy] I'd have no one to pray for."

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.

Series Three Edit

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".

Series Four Edit

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Daisy visits her father-in-law in 1922, and goes on a picnic with him. He tells her she is all he has left of his son, and encourages her to make amends with Alfred Nugent (as Mrs Patmore suggested she go visit the farm while Alfred was visiting for the last time). When she doesn't know what to say to Alfred, Mr Mason offers to help her out. And he makes Alfred a going-away basket with food and cider, which Daisy gives to him.

Mr Mason also once again expresses his wish to Daisy that she move to his farm permanently one day.

AppearancesEdit

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

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