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Location Westeros, the north
Government House Dustin , feudal lord.
Religion old gods
Notable places Barrow Hall, Great Barrow
The north and the location of Barrowton
The north and the location of Barrowton
The north and the location of Barrowton

Barrowton,[1] occasionally called Barrowtown,[2] is a prominent town in the north which contains Barrow Hall, the seat of House Dustin. It lies in the barrowlands at[3] or near[4] the confluence of two rivers which flow south to the Saltspear.


Barrowton is centered around the large hill Great Barrow, on which was built the Dustins' castle, Barrow Hall.[2] The town itself is wooden and has broad straight streets. House Stout of Goldgrass[5] has a keep near the eastern gate of Barrowton.[1] Outside of the town are rolling plains which the wind howls over.[1]


The Great Barrow of Barrowton is said to contain the grave of the First King of the First Men or a King of the Giants.[1] The Dustins of Barrowton have been bannermen of House Stark of Winterfell since the downfall of the Barrow Kings of old.[6]

Denys Snow, the Bastard of Barrowton, was killed fighting for Prince Aegon Targaryen in the Battle Beneath the Gods Eye.[7]

Near the start of the Dance of the Dragons, Prince Jacaerys Velaryon gained the north for the cause of his mother, Rhaenyra Targaryen. After gathering men to Barrowton, Lord Roderick Dustin led his Winter Wolves south to join Rhaenyra's blacks.[8]

According to a semi-canon source, there may be a cadet branch of the Starks in the town.[9] Brandon Stark was fostered in Barrowton as a youth.[10]

Against the wishes of his wife, Lady Barbrey Dustin, Lord Willam Dustin personally led the Barrowton levies during Robert's Rebellion. After Willam was slain in combat at the tower of joy, Lord Eddard Stark returned Willam's stallion, but not his bones, to Barrowton.[10]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Barbrey Dustin, the Lady of Barrowton, sends a minimal number of troops from Barrowton when Robb Stark marches south to rescue his father, Lord Eddard Stark.[10]

A Clash of Kings

After hearing of the ironborn threat to Torrhen's Square, Maester Luwin sends ravens to White Harbor, the barrowlands, and the wolfswood with instructions to summon their levies.[11]

A Storm of Swords

Barrowton men in service to House Dustin are slain during the Red Wedding.[12]

Maester Aemon sends a raven to Barrowton in a plea for help to defend Castle Black from wildlings.[13]

A Dance With Dragons

A host from Barrowton joins the Ryswells in destroying ironborn ships on the Fever River[14] and then participates in Ramsay Bolton's force sent to recover Moat Cailin.[15]

Melisandre tells Jon Snow she had a vision of a town with wooden walls and streets. Its banners depict a moose, a battle-axe, pine trees, longaxes, and a horse's head.[16]

Following the surrender of Moat Cailin, the Boltons call upon the northern bannermen to assemble in Barrowton to pledge loyalty to the Iron Throne and attend the wedding of Ramsay to "Arya Stark", actually Jeyne Poole.[17] Houses Stout and Dustin host the Boltons while they wait for the bannerman to arrive and while Ramsay searches the barrowlands for missing Freys. Lady Barbrey forbids Ramsay from Barrow Hall, and he is instead reluctantly hosted by Harwood Stout.[1]

After hearing that Stannis Baratheon has taken Deepwood Motte, Lord Roose Bolton decides to move the wedding to Winterfell to strengthen Ramsay's claim and to goad Stannis into fighting. While riding from the Stouts' keep to Barrow Hall, Roose tells Theon Greyjoy about his sons Ramsay and Domeric Bolton.[1]

A smith from Barrowton hammers a crude iron kraken brooch for Theon to wear for the wedding. Jeyne is protected by Lady Dustin during the journey from Barrowton to Winterfell. Barbrey brings furnishings from the town for Jeyne's bedchamber in Winterfell,[18] as well as food and fodder for the levies.[10]

Within the crypt of Winterfell, Barbey confides to Theon that if the bones of Eddard Stark are found, they will not pass Barrowton.[10]


Fear is what keeps a man alive in this world of treachery and deceit. Even here in Barrowton the crows are circling, waiting to feast upon our flesh.[1]

Chapters that take place in Barrowton