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House Beesbury of Honeyholt
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Beware our Sting
Coat of arms Three yellow beehives on a black pale on a field paly black and yellow
(Paly or and sable, on a pale of the last three beehives of the first)
Seat Honeyholt
Head Lord Warryn Beesbury[1]
Region Reach
Title Lord of Honeyholt[1]
Overlord House Hightower
Founder Ellyn Ever Sweet[2]

House Beesbury of Honeyholt is a minor[3] noble house from the Reach, sworn to the Hightowers.[1] Honeyholt is located next to the Honeywine river, which flows towards Oldtown and the Whispering Sound.

Their arms are three yellow beehives on a black pale over a paly black and yellow field.[4][5][6] Their words do not appear in the books, but according to semi-canon sources it is "Beware our Sting".[7]


The Beesburys descend from the First Men. They claim to have been founded by Ellyn Ever Sweet, a daughter of the legendary Garth Greenhand.[8]

In 42 AC, Ser Dickon Flowers, the Bastard of Beesbury, was one of the seven Warrior's Sons to face King Maegor I Targaryen and his six champions in a trial of seven.[9]

Ser Braxton Beesbury was a favorite of Princess Saera Targaryen. After he was embroiled in a scandal with the princess, King Jaehaerys I Targaryen sentenced Braxton to mutilation. Allowed to choose a trial by combat as a knight, Braxton was slain in a duel with Jaehaerys.[10]

Lord Lyman Beesbury was the master of coin and a member of the small council during the reigns of Jaehaerys and King Viserys I Targaryen. He was slain at the start of the Dance of the Dragons.[11] His grandson, Ser Alan Beesbury, was captured in the Battle on the Honeywine.[12]

Lords Beesbury, Costayne, and Redwyne escorted the High Septon to King's Landing for the wedding of King Aegon III Targaryen and Queen Jaehaera Targaryen.[13] After the queen's death, Lady Samantha Tarly included a Beesbury among the maidens of the Reach whom Aegon could marry.[14]

During the tourney at Ashford Meadow, Ser Humfrey Beesbury splintered twelve lances against Ser Humfrey Hardyng in a match the smallfolk called "the Battle of the Humfreys". Humfrey Beesbury, who happened to be brother by marriage to Humfrey Hardyng, took part in the trial of seven on behalf of Ser Duncan the Tall. Humfrey Beesbury was slain in the first charge by Ser Donnel of Duskendale from the Kingsguard.[4]

Blind Ben Beesbury was one of the candidates offered by Doran Martell, Prince of Dorne, to his daughter Arianne for marriage.[3]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Renly Baratheon names the Beesburys as one of the houses supporting him during the parley with his brother, Stannis Baratheon, at Storm's End.[15]

A Storm of Swords

Ser Bertram Beesbury meets Ser Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth at Brindlewood on their way to King's Landing and gives them the news of the Red Wedding.[5]

A Feast for Crows

Brienne recalls that Ser Hugh Beesbury took part in the wager on her maidenhood, offering her as a present a pot of honey "as sweet as the maids of Tarth".[16]

House Beesbury at the end of the third century

The known Beesburys during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

With unspecified familiar relationship with the lord of the house there are also:

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Historical Members


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 40, Princess In The Tower.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Hedge Knight.
  5. 5.0 5.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 62, Jaime VII.
  6. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Reach
  7. The Citadel. House Mottoes
  8. 8.0 8.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: Garth Greenhand.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragons.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 The Princess and the Queen.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
  13. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
  15. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 31, Catelyn III.
  16. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 14, Brienne III.
  17. 17.0 17.1 The ASOIAF wiki thread – Comment by Ran (May 9, 2024)
  18. See the Ben Beesbury calculation.