布兰森是一个爱尔兰天主教家族,成员为劳动阶级。

背景

布兰森家族最初发源于爱尔兰并向英格兰移居。汤姆·布兰森后来提到他的一些亲属去了美国,并有所成就。

该家族未必完全贫穷,因为汤姆的一位祖父曾是戈尔韦郡的一位佃农,专门从事养殖黑面绵羊。汤姆出生于威克洛郡的布雷。然而他似乎人生的大部分时候都在都柏林市度过,他曾告诉过马修·克劳利自己不太算是一个乡村男孩。

现家庭成员

布兰森太太,生活在都柏林,至少育有两子:汤姆和基兰。两人均从事汽车相关工作,基兰在利物浦当汽车修理师,而汤姆则在爱尔兰和英格兰都当过司机。汤姆亦提到他的一些亲属去了美国。

Tom has more than one cousin, indicating his mother and/or his father may have at least one sibling. A male cousin was murdered by an English officer during the Easter Rising, "because he was probably a rebel." It is likely then that the majority of the family hate the English. Another male cousin has settled in Boston, selling cars and farm equipment. Tom later tells Matthew Crawley of the possibility of hiring a woman or getting "a cousin over" to look after his child, suggesting he has at least one female cousin. One of them, Nuala, had an illegitimate daughter brought up as her sister to protect her reputation.

Tom Branson

Tom is well-read, interesed in history, and has strong socialist and republican political views. After being hired as chauffeur to the Earl of Grantham, he becomes very drawn to the earl's youngest daughter, Lady Sybil Crawley, a woman likewise politically minded and caring for the less fortunate.

Despite his love for Ireland and his opposition of the English and the aristocracy, Tom falls in love with Sybil and remains in England for years before she agrees to marry him against her father's wishes. They wed in 1919, and live in Dublin for roughly a year until in 1920 they are forced into exile in England after Tom is suspected of being involved in the torching of an Irish noble's estate. He is devastated, but remains at Downton Abbey.

Lady Sybil dies soon after giving birth to a daughter. Tom names the baby Sybil, after her mother, but she is commonly referred to as Sybbie. She is baptized Catholic in Ripon, attended by Kieran and her maternal family.

Tom initially considers leaving with Sybbie but remains after being hired as the estate's agent. Over time, his life and interests (including his politics) seem to fade away. Eventually he decides to move to Massachusetts with his daughter in January 1925.

Notes

  • It is unknown if Tom's father is still alive, as well as how many cousins and siblings he has. It is known, however, that his mother and at least one brother are alive, and that he did, at one point, meet one of his grandfathers who was a sheep farmer (though it is not known if he is alive or if he is Tom's paternal or maternal grandfather).
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