House Darry

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House Darry of Darry
House Darry.svg
Coat of arms A black plowman on brown
(Brunâtre, a plowman sable)
Seat Darry
Head Lady Mariya Darry
Region The riverlands
Title Lord of Darry
Founded Coming of the Andals
Died out 299 AC (extinct through the male line)

House Darry of Darry is a noble house from Castle Darry in the riverlands. Historically it had been one of the more prominent and powerful houses of the Trident, until the fall of the Targaryens in Robert's Rebellion. Their blazon is a black plowman on brown;[1] the central building where the Darrys have their apartments is called the Plowman's Keep.[2] Their words do not appear in the books.


First Men and Andals

House Darry traces their rule to the days when the Andals cast down the First Men.[2] During the coming of the Andals, three sons of Lord Darry held back the Andals of Vorian Vypren at the Widow's Ford before being slain.[3]

Lord Darry died fighting in King Arlan III Durrandon's campaign, which included the Battle of Six Kings.[3]

Targaryen Era

Castle Darry by JB Casacop © Fantasy Flight Games

After King Maegor I Targaryen exterminated House Harroway in 44 AC, he divided up the Harroway holdings among his remaining supporters, granting Harrenhal to Ser Walton Towers, Lord Harroway's Town to Lord Alton Butterwell, and the rest of the Harroway holdings to Lord Darnold Darry.[4] Lord Darry praised King Jaehaerys I Targaryen during the Golden Wedding.[5]

House Darry supported Rhaenyra Targaryen during the Dance of the Dragons. The Darrys helped to capture Stone Hedge,[6] but Ser Criston Cole later defeated Lord Darry, Lord Roote, and Ser Oswald Wode along the Gods Eye.[7] Prince Aemond Targaryen had his dragon, Vhagar, burn Castle Darry and the surrounding fields. Lady Darry and her younger children survived below the keep, but Lord Darry and his heir were killed on the battlements.[7] Lord Derrick Darry participated in the Second Battle of Tumbleton,[8] and Lord Roland Darry was slain by Lord Borros Baratheon in the Battle of the Kingsroad.[9]

During the regency of Aegon III, Ser Damon Darry and Ser Regis Groves marched to subdue Alys Rivers's rabble at Harrenhal. Damon was forced to flee back to Darry after Regis was slain.[10] Rosamund Darry attended the Maiden's Day Ball in King's Landing.[11] Darrys participated in Ser Robert Rowan's host which supported Ser Joffrey Arryn in the Vale.[12]

The Darrys were Targaryen loyalists, supporting King Daeron II Targaryen over the Daemon I Blackfyre in the First Blackfyre Rebellion. Lord Darry destroyed the black dragon sign of the Clanking Dragon, as he saw in it the sigil of House Blackfyre.[13]

Ser Desmond Darry participated in the tourney at Ashford Meadow in 209 AC,[14] his arms identified by Ser Duncan the Tall among the gathered attendees heraldry at the tourney.[15]

The Demon of Darry became Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.[16] The song of Lord Deremond at the Bloody Meadow may be about a Lord of Darry.[17]

Norbert Vance squired together with Brynden Tully for the Lord Darry of their time.[18]

During the reign of King Aerys II Targaryen, Ser Willem Darry was master-at-arms of the Red Keep. When Rhaegar Targaryen, Prince of Dragonstone, decided that he wanted to be a warrior, he asked Willem to provide him sword and armor.[19] Ser Jonothor Darry was a member of Aerys II's Kingsguard.[16]

Robert's Rebellion

During Robert's Rebellion, the Darrys defended King Aerys II Targaryen against Robert Baratheon, Lord of Storm's End, and their liege, Hoster Tully, Lord Paramount of the Trident.[20] After the Battle of the Bells, Ser Jonothor Darry and Ser Barristan Selmy of the Kingsguard were sent to Stoney Sept to rally remants of the loyalist army of Jon Connington, Lord of Griffin's Roost.[21]

Ser Raymun Darry lost his three older brothers at the Battle of the Trident.[22] Ser Willem Darry and four loyal men smuggled Aerys's surviving children, Prince Viserys and Princess Daenerys Targaryen, to Braavos before the assault on Dragonstone by Stannis Baratheon.[23] The defeat of the Targaryens cost the Darrys half of their lands, most of their wealth, and almost all their power.[24]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Ser Raymun Darry, by Aleksander Karcz © Fantasy Flight Games

House Darry is among the houses that the exiled Viserys Targaryen believes will rise for him if he lands in Westeros.[23]

During the hunt for Arya Stark and Mycah, King Robert I Baratheon and his party stay at Castle Darry with the castle's lord, Ser Raymun Darry.[22]

Ser Raymun is summoned with all his strength to Riverrun by Ser Edmure Tully. Meanwhile, Ser Gregor Clegane and his men raid the riverlands. Hoster Tully, Lord Paramount of the Trident sends Raymun with Ser Marq Piper and Ser Karyl Vance to report the incident to the Iron Throne.[25]

Raymun is part of the expedition commanded by Beric Dondarrion, Lord of Blackhaven, to kill Gregor. The party is ambushed by Gregor and House Lannister, however, and Raymun is killed in the battle at the Mummer's Ford.[26]

After Robb Stark's victory at the Battle of the Camps, Marq and Karyl arrive at Riverrun with Raymun's son, the young Lyman Darry, the new Lord Darry. Lyman attends the council at Riverrun where Robb is proclaimed King in the North. Lyman assures that he will never call a Lannister his king.[27]

A Clash of Kings

Little Walder Frey quarters his shield to depict in one quarter the Darry plowman of his mother's house.[1]

When Robb, King of the Trident, gives leave to the river lords to return to their castles, Lyman returns to Darry. Just after he arrives, Gregor returns and kills Lyman and all his garrison. Lyman was only eight, and the last trueborn heir of Darry through the male line.[28]

Catelyn Stark sees Darry men with the other river lords near Riverrun prior to the Battle of the Fords.[29]

The Lannister garrison eventually surrenders to Ser Helman Tallhart in the siege of Darry. Roose Bolton, Lord of the Dreadfort, sends word to Helman from Harrenhal that Robb has ordered the surrendered garrison to be executed and for Helman to put the castle to the torch and leave.[30]

After the Battle of the Blackwater, King Joffrey I Baratheon awards Ser Lancel Lannister the lands, castle and rights of House Darry, creating House Lannister of Darry. This lordship is given in favor of a living bastard Darry cousin.[30] The move is arranged by Lord Tywin Lannister to thank his loyal brother, Ser Kevan, who is Lancel's father.[31]

A Storm of Swords

Darry men are left lordless and lawless during the War of the Five Kings.[21]

Tom of Sevenstreams accuses Sandor Clegane of the deaths of Raymun and Lyman Darry, although both were killed by his brother, Gregor.[32][N 1]

Merrett Frey thinks that his marriage with Mariya Darry, the daughter of Lord Darry, was unfortunate, as the Darrys lost all their prominence after Robert's Rebellion.[24]

A Feast for Crows

Because Castle Darry was occupied by broken men after the northmen's departure, Ser Kevan Lannister sends Ser Harwyn Plumm, called the Hardstone, to expel them.[33]

Kevan marries his son Lancel to Amerei Frey, the eldest daughter of the female heir to Darry, to strengthen his claim over the Darry lands.[31] She brings to Darry a score of Freys, including her Darry-born mother, Mariya, one sister, and some uncles and cousins. Probably after Kevan's recommendation, Lancel quarters his Lannister lion with the Darry plowman in the arms of House Lannister of Darry. Kevan helps Lancel to rebuild Darry, but departs soon due to disagreements with his son and his new religious zeal.[2]

Jaime and his company spend a night at Castle Darry on their way to the siege of Riverrun. Jaime recalls that as King Robert's party journeyed north to Winterfell, Jaime and his brother Tyrion discovered hidden tapestries of the Targaryen kings at Castle Darry, uncovering that the Darrys were still Targaryen loyalists.[2] Genna Lannister complains that Darry, though smaller, is a safer place than Riverrun and would have preferred it for her spouse Emmon Frey, since the male line of the Darrys is already extinguished.[34]

While discussing the graves of dead soldiers who have washed up on the Quiet Isle, the Elder Brother says that Darry and Frey men are buried side by side.[35]

House Darry at the end of the third century

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

With unspecified familiar relationship to the main branch of the house there is also:

Lord Darry
Lord Darry
3 older
Pate of the
Blue Fork

Historical Members


  1. When the brotherhood without banners lists victims of House Lannister to the captured Sandor Clegane, Tom of Sevenstreams includes "Ser Raymun, Lord Darry, young Lord Darry". It is unclear if "Lord Darry" is referring to Raymun, or if his father had been killed recently in the War of the Five Kings. If the latter, Lord Darry must have died sometime at the beginning of 299 AC and then have been succeeded by Lyman for a short time.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The father of Mariya's and Jeyne was lord of Darry. (A Feast for Crows, Jaime V)


  1. 1.0 1.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 16, Bran II.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 30, Jaime IV.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fire & Blood, The Year of the Three Brides - 49 AC.
  6. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - A Son for a Son.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
  12. Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
  13. 13.0 13.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 37, Brienne VII.
  14. 14.0 14.1 The Hedge Knight, Graphic Novel.
  15. The Hedge Knight.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 67, Jaime VIII.
  17. 17.0 17.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 45, Catelyn VI.
  18. 18.0 18.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 38, Jaime VI.
  19. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 8, Daenerys I.
  20. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 28, Catelyn V.
  21. 21.0 21.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 37, Jaime V.
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 16, Eddard III.
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys I.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 A Storm of Swords, Epilogue.
  25. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 43, Eddard XI.
  26. 26.0 26.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 55, Catelyn VIII.
  27. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn XI.
  28. 28.0 28.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 7, Catelyn I.
  29. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 39, Catelyn V.
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 65, Sansa VIII.
  31. 31.0 31.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 7, Cersei II.
  32. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 34, Arya VI.
  33. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 12, Cersei III.
  34. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.
  35. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 31, Brienne VI.
  36. 36.0 36.1 A Song of Ice and Fire Campaign Guide: Banners of the Riverlands
  37. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II.
  38. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 39, Eddard X.
  39. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Daenerys Targaryen.
  40. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 8, Jaime I.
  41. The World of Ice & Fire, The Fall of the Dragons: Robert’s Rebellion.
  42. So Spake Martin: Aerys's Kingsguard, (May 27, 1999)