The topic says it all:)
That's what I wondered at first too. But then if I were struck by one of Lady Edith's zingers, I would be uncomfortable regardless of my past actions.
IF - and this is a very big IF - Rosamund DOES/DID have a child, it's more likely to be the elusive "cousin Freddie" rather than Sampson.
No, Sampson, I think is just a liar, thief and gambler... who Gregson should hit if he returns.
I fail to see how it´s more likely "cousin Freddie" than Sampson. Liar, thief, gambler, still Lady R keeps him close. Time will tell ;)
Hmm... as far fetched as it is, I think it more likely that Rosamund is Edith's mother than Sampson's.
Nooooo. That's incest! Rosamund had NO children. None. Nadda. Zilch. El zippo!
Just curious about how the inheritence system works- if Rosamund's son was Cousin Freddie, then would he be the heir, as he is the closest male relative to the Earl of Grantham, being his nephew as opposed to Matthew who was Robert's 4th cousin once removed? But, as people have commented in the thread, as of present she has no children anyway so it's extremely unlikely.
Ignoring the fact that we know Rosamund has no children, there are two distinct aspects, the title and the estate. The title (Earl of Grantham) exclusively follows the male line , so no child of Rosamund could inherit the title. OTOH, any designated person or people could in theory inherit the estate, but as we learned in series one, Robert's father "tied the knots pretty tight" to ensure that the bulk of the estate would follow the title.
Cousin Freddy must be at least a second cousin since we have been introduced to all of the siblings of both Robert and Cora, and Cora's relations would likely be Americans anyway, so not someone familiar to the Crawley girls when they were growing up. If he is a grandchild of one of Violet's siblings then he is automatically excluded. If he is a grandson of a sister to Robert's father or the son of any daughter of one of Robert's father's siblings, he would similarly be excluded.
He'd have to be a second cousin or more, yes - he's probably an illegitimate child and half-brother of Patrick, or he is in headcanon anyway.
Cora's reaction to learning about Marigold confirms beyond any doubt that she is Edith's mother, not Rosamund.
Edith's being Lady Rosamund's child does not necessarily mean anything of incest in the family. If she was LR's daughter out of wedlock, Robert and Cora would have adopted her, it wouldn't follow that Robert was the father. I don't think that Edith is an adopted child. Mary would have used that against her many times. There does seem to be a connection between Rosamund and Mr. Samson. And being that he carries on the way he does, a lot of people would probably drop him from their acquaintance. It would make sense that there should be something beyond friendship to keep them connected socially. And there is a comment at some point that Rosamund can't stand Richard Grey (Lord Merton), Mary's godfather. And there's Violet's [lack of] reaction to Edith's situation, telling that this may have not been the first go around of this kind. I think that Lady R had a child out of wedlock at some point and it wouldn't surprise me if Lord Merton was the father.
What do you think?