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Johnny Bates is the son of Anna and John Bates.[1] He was born on 31 December 1925.


While Anna was waiting on Lady Mary in the Queen Caroline Bedroom, her water suddenly broke. Lady Mary insisted that Anna not be moved, despite the fact that it was highly irregular. Richard Clarkson successfully delivered the baby, and Henry Talbot informed Mr Bates that his wife was giving birth.

John and Anna Bates celebrated their son's birth and the New Year together, delighted to at last have a child.


He is 18 months old. He was with his parents when they were asking Thomas Barrow to do something regarding the way Downton's staff were being treated by the visiting Royal staff.

His daily care is being handled in the Downton nursery. Anna and Mr. Bates discuss who would get him before going back to the cottage.




  • He was born on the same day Lady Edith Crawley married Herbert "Bertie" Pelham, the Marquess of Hexham.
  • Like Sybbie, he was born inside Downton Abbey.
  • Johnny is a nickname for John, so it is possible his full name is John Bates Jr., after his father. However, this remains unconfirmed.


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