“As far away in miles and lifestyle as “Downton Abbey” may seem, there’s a close connection between northern Wyoming and the stately castle where the smash hit PBS series is shot.

Highclere Castle, the architectural star of the period drama, is owned by Big Horn, Wyo., rancher Paul Wallop’s first cousin, the Earl of Carnarvon.

The links between the Canyon Ranch that Paul Wallop now runs and the English country estate began 123 years ago.

Wallop’s great-grandfather, Oliver Henry Wallop, was the son of the Earl of Portsmouth, a British peer.”

Source:  Pickett, Mary. “Downton Abbey’ close to Wyoming rancher’s heart.” Billings Gazette January 11, 2013.