| Patrick Crawley |
|Family|| James Crawley (father)|
Mary Crawley (fiance)
- Mr Bates: "Mrs Hughes said Lady Edith was after the other heir, Mr Patrick Crawley. The one who drowned."
- Anna: "That was different. She was in love with him."
- Mr Bates: "What happened?"
- Anna: "She never got a look-in. He was all set up to marry Lady Mary."
- Mr Bates: "Then he's a braver man than I am, Gunga Din."
- — Anna relating Edith's unrequited love for Patrick to Mr Bates[[|[src]]]
There was an understanding that Patrick would wed Mary Crawley. Lady Mary was indifferent to the idea of marrying Patrick, despite the family pressure. She remarked that she had been keeping him in check, in case a bigger fish came along. It is not certain if Patrick ever knew that Mary's sister, Edith, was in love with him. Patrick and his father perished in the sinking of the RMS Titanic, at the very beginning of the series. Their bodies were never recovered, or if they were recovered, had remained unidentifed. A memorial was held for them in both London and then Downton, where many of the villagers come to show their respects. Edith was quite sad after the memorial, but Mary told Sybil that her greatest sadness came from realizing that she did not feel as sad as someone ought to at such a time. Mary wanted to keep it secret that she and Patrick had an unofficial engagement since she would have had to stay in mourning dress longer as a fiance, rather than just as a mourning cousin.
The Duke of Crowborough arrived at Downton Abbey, ostensibly to present his condolences, actually to court Mary. He told Robert that he did not really know Patrick except "to see Patrick at the odd thing."
- In 1918, Major "Patrick Gordon", a Canadian soldier recovering at the convalescent home at Downton Abbey, claimed to be Patrick Crawley. He claimed that he survived the Titanic sinking, but developed amnesia and was sent to Canada since he was mistaken for a Canadian. It is suggested by Robert's solicitor, George Murray, that a Peter Gordon might have worked with the real Patrick Crawley at the Foreign Office, which would explain how Patrick Gordon knew certain details that made his story more convincing.