According to George Murray, The 4th Earl of Grantham "only saved Downton by dying". He married a woman who inherited Downton Place and passed it into her husband's family on their marriage.

According to Violet, the Fourth Earl "collected horses and women" and assembled the library at Downton as he "loved books".

“ And The Fourth Earl only saved Downton by dying... ”
—Murray on the Fourth Earl of Grantham.[来源]
“ Horses and women. ”
—Violet on the Fourth Earl of Grantham and what he "collected".[来源]