House Mertyns

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House Mertyns of Mistwood
House Mertyns.svg
Coat of arms A white great horned owl on grey
(Cendrée, a great-horned-owl argent)
Seat Mistwood
Head Lady Mary Mertyns[1]
Region Stormlands
Title Lord of Mistwood[1]
Overlord House Baratheon

House Mertyns of Mistwood is a noble house from Mistwood in the stormlands, sworn to House Baratheon. They blazon their arms with a white great horned owl on grey.[2][3] Their words are not known.


During the First Dornish War, Lord Mertyns and his entire household were poisoned by means of a cask of Dornish wine by Dornish assassins.[4]

Lord Jon Mertyns traveled to King's Landing for the wedding of Queen Alyssa Velaryon to Lord Rogar Baratheon, where he spoke to the young King Jaehaerys I Targaryen and approved of his good-humored nature.[5]

Ser Michael Mertyns, better known as the White Owl, was a member of the Kingsguard.[6]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Among the gathered knights at the Hand's tourney is one with the horned owl of House Mertyns.[2]

The Winds of Winter

This information has thus far been released in a sample chapter for The Winds of Winter, and might therefore not be in finalized form. Keep in mind that the content as described below is still subject to change.

The sons and grandsons of Lady Mary Mertyns initially support Renly Baratheon during the War of the Five Kings, with a grandson wounded in the Battle of the Blackwater. Since the Mertyns men are away, Mistwood falls to the Golden Company during their invasion of the stormlands. Young John Mudd and Chain keep Mary under house arrest and host Arianne Martell for a night.[7]

House Mertyns at the end of the third century

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

Historical Members


  1. 1.0 1.1 A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 30, Eddard VII.
  3. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses from the Stormlands
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fire & Blood, Reign of the Dragon - The Wars of King Aegon I.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fire & Blood, The Year of the Three Brides - 49 AC.
  6. 6.0 6.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 16, Jaime II.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Arianne II (The Winds of Winter)