Lady Rose MacClare (born In or Before Autumn 1902) is the youngest daughter of The Marquess and Marchioness of Flintshire, the niece of Agatha and Louisa, the younger sister of James and Annabelle, the sister-in-law of Annabelle's husband, the granddaughter or great niece of Roberta and the great-niece of Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham. In Autumn 1920, she visits Downton Abbey and stays with Violet.
Violet says she is eighteen, meaning she was born in or before Autumn 1902; Violet also states that Rose "hates London" which is why she is staying with her. However, when she arrives and learns Edith is planning a trip to London, she eagerly wishes to go to, much to Violet's surprise. Rose's explanation is that she is planning a secret surprise for her mother, but does not say what. She asks no one else to mention this.
Later, Matthew agrees to stay with Edith and Rose with her aunt, Lady Rosamund Painswick, at Eaton Square as he too has to go to London. Also, Edith says to Matthew she feels she will need help controlling Rose, out of "instinct."
When they arrive at Rosamund's house, she insists they all dine with her that night, but Rose does not show up, so they begin without her. During dinner, Rosamund's butler brings in the driver who drove her from the house that day. He explains Rose met a friend and spent two hours with him in Warwick Square, then they went to a club, the Blue Dragon.
Matthew, Edith, and Rosamund go to the Blue Dragon, where they find Rose dancing wildly with and passionately kissing Terence Margadale, a married man. Matthew then dances with her and persuades her to return to Rosamund's house, making a deal with her that they won't say anything about her seeing Margadale if she returns with them. However, Violet finds out about it anyway after overhearing Rose and Edith then contacting Rosamund. Rose is then told she is being sent to Scotland to keep her away from him.
By September 1921, Rose is caught in the middle of a bitter "war of words" between her parents during the Crawleys' stay at Duneagle Castle. It is revealed that Rose's motivation for acting in a notoriously rebellious manner is her unsteady relationship with her troubled and neurotic mother, who herself is distressed from a loveless relationship with Rose's father. Rose finds a mentor in Anna Bates.
Behind the scenes
- The part of Lady Rose MacClare is played by Lily James.
Notes and references
- ↑ SpoilerTV, Downton Abbey - Season 3 - Press Pack, page 4, Posted by b3rt4 at Monday, September 03, 2012; excerpt: "The arrival on the scene of Lady Rose MacClare, the daughter of her cousin, Lady Flintshire, will give her more opportunities to interfere."
- ↑ Violet says that Rose is "eighteen now." and Episode 3.08 is set in Autumn 1920, meaning that Rose was born in or before Autumn 1902
- ↑ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2251678/Downton-Abbey-Christmas-Special-A-racy-new-maid-simmering-tension-Matthew-Lady-Mary.html?ito=feeds-newsxml