House Rowan

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House Rowan of Goldengrove
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Coat of arms Argent, a tree eradicated
Seat Goldengrove
Current Lord Mathis Rowan
Region Reach
Title Lord of Goldengrove
Marshall of the Northmarch
Overlord House Tyrell
Founder Rowan Gold-Tree

House Rowan of Goldengrove is one of the most prominent and old families from the Reach, its dominions extending all along its northern borders. This may mean that the Rowans were made Marshall of the Northmarch to replace the declining House Osgrey, now their bannermen. Their blazon is a golden tree on silver.[1][2] Their words are not mentioned in the books.

Like several other major Reach houses, the Rowans can trace their descent from Garth Greenhand.


Lord Thaddeus Rowan declared Goldengrove for the blacks during the Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons, fighting in the battle on the Honeywine.[3] Later becoming a regent and Hand of the King during the regency of Aegon III.[4]

Lord Rowan was the liege lord of both Ser Eustace Osgrey and Lady Rohanne Webber. He was also distant kin to Lady Webber, since his sister married a cousin of Rohanne's father, Wendell Webber.[5]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Dareon claims that Lord Mathis Rowan's daughter helped him to her bed, but when discovered by her father she cried rape, thus sending Dareon to the Wall.[6]

A Clash of Kings

Lord Mathis rides with King Renly Baratheon during the War of the Five Kings. The Rowan tree is seen north of the Mander after Renly's death and around the time of Storm's End's fall.

Mathis is among the lords presented to King Joffrey I after the Battle of the Blackwater. Lord Tywin Lannister grants him an advisory seat on the small council.

A Storm of Swords

A man sworn to House Rowan stabs a Dornishman during the royal wedding of Joffrey and Margaery Tyrell. Mathis gives Joffrey a red silk pavilion as a wedding gift. An archer in Rowan livery tells Ser Jaime Lannister that Sansa Stark killed Joffrey.

A Feast for Crows

Ser Kevan Lannister names Lord Mathis as a good candidate to fill the vacant position as Hand of the King during his meeting with Queen Cersei; the queen instead revokes Mathis's council seat altogether. Mathis attends the wedding of King Tommen I and Margaery.

Mathis marches with Lord Mace Tyrell to lay siege to Storm's End.

A Dance with Dragons

Lord Mathis remains in command[7] of a token force at Storm's End[8] when Mace returns to King's Landing.

House Rowan at the end of the third century

The known Rowans 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 is also:

Bethany Redwyne
Unknown Child
Unknown Child
Unknown Girl

Historical Members

Sworn Houses

References and Notes

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