House Butterwell

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House Butterwell
House Butterwell.png
Coat of arms Barry wavy green, white, and yellow
(Barry wavy vert, argent, and or)
Seat formerly Whitewalls
Region Riverlands
Overlord House Tully (AGOT)
House Baelish (ADWD)

House Butterwell is a noble house of the riverlands. Their blazon is undy green, white, and yellow.[1][2]

House Butterwell was once a rich house with extensive lands, though its main incomes came from dairy cows,[1] and they once had a castle called Whitewalls. House Butterwell was said to have had the best wines outside of the Arbor.


Lord Butterwell was Hand of the King to Aegon IV Targaryen. King Aegon stayed one night at House Butterwell's castle, Whitewalls,[1] and gave his Hand a dragon egg in return for "access" to Butterwell's three maiden daughters.[1][3] By the next day all three had royal bastards on the way, according to the stories.[1]

His grandson, Ambrose Butterwell was also a Hand of the King, for Daeron II Targaryen.[4][1][5] At the beginning of the First Blackfyre Rebellion, he performed so poorly that some thought he was in league with Daemon Blackfyre.[4][5] He was replaced by Lord Hayford as Hand.[4][5]

The Butterwells attempted to keep one foot in each camp during the First Blackfyre Rebellion.[1] Lord Ambrose's eldest son fought for Daeron while his second son fought for Daemon, but both sons died at the Battle of the Redgrass Field. His youngest son died of the Great Spring Sickness.[1]

In 211 AC, Lord Ambrose held a tourney at Whitewalls, which became the setting for the Second Blackfyre Rebellion. As punishment, Lord Bloodraven allowed Ambrose to keep only a tenth of his wealth. Whitewalls was stripped from the Butterwells, and Bloodraven decided to have it dismantled to prevent it from becoming a Blackfyre monument.[1]

House Butterwell at the end of the third century

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

  • no member has appeared yet.

Historical Members

  • Lord Butterwell, a Hand of the King to Aegon IV.
    • His daughters.
  • Lord Ambrose Butterwell, grandson of the above and head of House Butterwell from the reigns of Daeron II through to Aerys I; a former Hand of the King to Daeron II.
    • His sons and daughters.


Lord Butterwell
3 daughters
Aegon IV Targaryen
Lady Frey
3 sons
Tommard Heddle
Lord Risley
Lord Costayne

References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 The Mystery Knight.
  2. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Riverlands
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Sworn Sword.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys I.

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