House Merryweather

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House Merryweather of Longtable
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Coat of arms A golden horn of plenty spilling out apples, carrots, plums, onions, leeks, turnips, and fruits of many colors on a white field bordered in gold
(Argent, a cornucopia or overflowing with apples, carrots, plums, onions, leeks, turnips and fruits variegated all proper within a bordure of the second)
Words Behold Our Bounty
Seat Longtable
Current Lord Orton Merryweather
Region the Reach
Heir Russell Merryweather
Overlord House Tyrell

House Merryweather of Longtable is a noble house from the Reach. Longtable is located at the confluence of the Mander and the Blueburn.

Their blazon is a a golden horn of plenty spilling out apples, carrots, plums, onions, leeks, turnips, and fruits of many colors, over a white field bordered in gold.[1][2] Their motto is "Behold our Bounty."[3]


House Merryweather was once a powerful and rich family. During a feast King Aerys II Targaryen held when Cersei Lannister came to court for the first time, Lord Owen Merryweather talked about raising taxes on wine, which led to Lord Rykker making a joke about Lord Tywin Lannister's ability to shit gold.[4]

Aerys II stripped the Merryweathers of their lands and exiled Lord Owen in 282 AC for his failures as Hand of the King to prevent Robert's Rebellion.[1][5] Owen was known as "the horn-of-plenty hand."[6]

King Robert I restored their title and some of their lands when he took the Iron Throne,[6] but the family's wealth and status have not completely recovered. Lord Orton Merryweather is not as rich and powerful as his grandfather, Owen.[7]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Lady Taena of Myr, the wife of Lord Orton Merryweather, swears at Tyrion Lannister's trial that she had seen him drop something into King Joffrey Baratheon's wine during his royal wedding.[8]

A Feast for Crows

Taena plays a significant part during the start of King Tommen Baratheon's reign, being a confidant, adviser and sporadic sex partner of Cersei.

Queen regent Cersei Lannister offers to foster Russell Merryweather, the young son of Lady Taena and Lord Orton, in King's Landing, which Taena says she will consider.[9]

Cersei names Lord Orton to her small council as her justiciar (Master of Laws).[10] Cersei later raises him to be the new Hand of the King after she demotes Harys Swyft to Lord Treasurer.[11] After Cersei's imprisonment by the Faith, Taena and Orton flee King's Landing and return to Longtable.[12]

House Merryweather at the end of the third century

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

Taena of Myr

Historical Merryweathers

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 11, Jaime II.
  2. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Reach
  3. The Citadel. House Mottoes
  4. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 7, Cersei II.
  5. Young Lord Connington, (August 25, 2000) So Spake Martin
  6. 6.0 6.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 16, Jaime II.
  7. The Citadel. “Knights and Lords” March 02, 2002 So Spake Martin
  8. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 66, Tyrion IX.
  9. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 28, Cersei VI.
  10. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 17, Cersei IV.
  11. 11.0 11.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 39, Cersei IX.
  12. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 43, Cersei X.
  13. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.

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