Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

21/10/2011

Downton’s greatest secret: A lonely countess, an illicit love affair with an Egyptian prince… and an Earl who has no right to his title. The extraordinary claims about real life Lord

Now here’s a Downton Abbey storyline that writer Julian Fellowes would dismiss as too far-fetched: that the steely Earl of Grantham has no right to his title and should be booted out of the Abbey to make way for a distant cousin.

Yet, in real life, this could indeed be the case for the poor unassuming 8th Earl of Carnarvon, whose family history has been plundered for the storyline of the top-rated TV series and whose stately home, Highclere Castle, is used as its backdrop. for more click here

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