The Song of Mars
Valet to Lord Audley
Edward “Eddie” Filby is a Scotch valet who serves Lord Dunbar and has done since he was a sprat. His father, Malcolm Filby, was Chief Underbutler at Dunbar House and Filby was raised with the knowledge that he would accompany Lord Dunbar wherever he went—be that India or Mars.
A kindly man, Filby is constantly put to the test by his garrulous master. However, while Dunbar may be something of an incompetent, Filby does his best to ensure that the Lord is never caught with his pants down, as it were. Constantly flitting in the background, Filby has described his job as “something more like a governess to a young but very headstrong royal,” to other servants in his circle.