Lady Agatha[edit | edit source]

Lady Agatha, born at Duneagle, is the elder sister of Hugh MacClare, Marquess of Flintshire[1], the younger sister of Lady Louisa, the sister-in-law of Susan MacClare, Marchioness of Flintshire, the granddaughter of the Countess of Newtonmore, the aunt of James MacClare, Lord Newtonmore, Lady Annabelle and Rose and the aunt-in-law of Lady Annabelle's Husband.

In Autumn 1920, Violet Crawley informed Rose that she would go up to Duneagle Castle and spend the rest of her vacation with Agatha; this information horrified Rose, who threatened to run away. Violet managed to rein Rose in by saying that until she was older, she was under their command. Rose later claimed that Agatha was "a monster"[2]. In 1920, Agatha was residing at Duneagle Castle, but she was only there to care for Rose, and had left by September 1921.

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"I know. Lady Agatha isn't much of a party person, I admit."
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham.[src]
"I'm being sent North tomorrow with a monster for a jailer!"
—Rose on Agatha at the Cricket Match.[src]
"Alone in Scotland with Aunt Agatha!?"
—Rose's horror at being sent to Duneagle under the watchful eye of her aunt.[src]
"It was nursery game: Louisa was a lobster, Agatha was a shark - which is easy to believe - and I suppose Shrimpie was a shrimp."
—Robert on Louisa, Agatha and Shrimpie.[src]

Notes

Agatha's surname may be MacClare, for we do not know if she has ever been married. Her current whereabouts are unknown.

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Lady Annabelle[edit | edit source]

Lady Annabelle (née MacClare) is the eldest daughter of Hugh MacClare, Marquess of Flintshire and Susan MacClare, Marchioness of Flintshire, the elder sister of Lady Rose MacClare, the sibling of James MacClare, Lord Newtonmore, granddaughter or great-niece of Roberta and great-niece of Violet Crawley. Sometime before September 1921, Annabelle was married, though her married name is unknown.

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Mention

"First James left, and then Annabelle got married. We started to learn just how little we had in common."
Hugh MacClare, Marquess of Flintshire on Annabelle and James.[src]

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Lady Annabelle's Husband[edit | edit source]

Lady Annabelle's husband is the son-in-law of Hugh and Susan MacClare, and the brother-in-law of Rose and James MacClare.

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James MacClare[edit | edit source]

(The Right Honourable) James MacClare, Earl of Newtonmore is the son and heir of Hugh MacClare, Marquess of Flintshire and Susan MacClare, Marchioness of Flintshire, the brother of Lady Annabelle, the elder brother of Lady Rose MacClare. By September 1921, he had "left" home.

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Mention

"First James left, and then Annabelle got married. We started to learn just how little we had in common."
Hugh, Marquess of Flintshire about James and Annabelle.[src]

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Lady Louisa MacClare[edit | edit source]

Lady Louisa, born at Duneagle, is the eldest sister of Hugh MacClare, Marquess of Flintshire and Lady Agatha, the sister-in-law of Susan MacClare, Marchioness of Flintshire, the granddaughter of the Countess of Newtonmore, the aunt of James MacClare, Lord Newtonmore, Lady Annabelle and Lady Rose MacClare and the aunt-in-law of Annabelle's Husband.

Notes Louise's surname may be MacClare, for we do not know if she has ever been married. Her current whereabouts are unknown: she may be married and away from Duneagle, or she may be deceased.

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Mention

Matthew: "Why are the Flintshires based in Scotland, when the title's Welsh?"
Robert: "Oh, Shrimpie's grandmother was Countess of Newtonmore in her own right - it's now their courtesy title."
Matthew: "Dare one ask why he's called Shrimpie?"
Robert: "It was nursery game: Louisa was a lobster, Agatha was a shark - which is easy to believe - and I suppose Shrimpie was a shrimp."
— Robert and Matthew in September 1921[src]

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Countess of Newtonmore[edit | edit source]

The Countess of Newtonmore was the Scottish paternal grandmother of Hugh 'Shrimpire' MacClare, Marquess of Flintshire. She was countess in her own right and title is now the courtesy title of the Marquess of Flintshire currently being used by Shrimpie's son, James. She was the heiress of Duneagle Castle, being the "chiefly heiress of that strand of the MacClares and they took her name"[3].

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Mention

Matthew: "Why are the Flintshires based in Scotland, when the title's Welsh?"
Robert: "Oh, Shrimpie's grandmother was Countess of Newtonmore in her own right - it's now their courtesy title. [4]"
— Robert and Matthew in September 1921[src]

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  1. Robert confirms this in the 2012 Christmas Special
  2. Episode 3.08
  3. Downton Abbey: Season 3 Scripts: Page 479 and 480: Julian Fellowes notes: That the Countess of Newtonmore was 'chiefly heiress' was a phrase I rather liked, which I got from our historical advisor, Alastair Bruce. Peerages that may pass through women are much more common in Scotland than in England. Scottish titles created before the Act of Union can be inherited by women in default of a male heir, which for me is an argument for extending the custom to England. As for the title itself, Newtonmore was one of the towns I knew well when I was making Monarch Of The Glen. It is a lovely part of Inverness-shire and it was a privilege to be working there.
  4. The following lines: "She was chiefly heiress of that strand of the MacClares and they took her name. Shrimpie's the chief now." only appear in the Downton Abbey: Season 3 Scripts: Page 479. It does not make it on to the screen.
  5. http://www.newtonmore.com/things-to-do/immediate-vicinity/monarch-of-the-glen.html
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