Lord of Bitterbridge

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Lord of Bitterbridge[1][2][3] is a title held by the head of House Caswell, the ruler of Bitterbridge in the Reach.[1] They also hold the title of Defender of the Fords.[2]

The Reach and the location of Bitterbridge
The Reach and the location of Bitterbridge
The Reach and the location of Bitterbridge


During the Battle Beneath the Gods Eye in 43 AC, Lord Caswell fought for King Maegor I Targaryen against Prince Aegon the Uncrowned.[4] He may have been the first Caswell to held the title of "Lord of Bitterbridge", as the town was, up until the previous year, known as "Stonebridge".[5]

At the start of the Dance of the Dragons, Lord Caswell was at court in King's Landing. He was imprisoned in the dungeons under the Red Keep along with other lords suspected to support Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen over her half-brother, King Aegon II Targaryen. When brought in front of the King, Lord Caswell refused to support Aegon and was beheaded by the King's Justice.[6]

As Lord Caswell's son and successor was still a young child,[3] the Bastard of Bitterbridge, Tom Flowers, took command of the Caswell men in the field,[7][6] while Lord Caswell's widow, Lady Caswell, ruled Bitterbridge in the name of her young son.[6]

After learning the news of his nephew's death at Bitterbridge, the furious Prince Daeron Targaryen sacked and burned the town. In the aftermath of the sack, Prince Daeron stripped the young Lord Caswell of his lordship and sent him and his siblings to Oldtown as hostages of House Hightower. Daeron named the dragonseed, Ser Ulf White, as the new Lord of Bitterbridge for his service in the First Battle of Tumbleton.[3] Lord Ulf died soon after, poisoned by Ser Hobert Hightower.[8]

In 196 AC, Lord Armond Caswell fought for House Targaryen during the First Blackfyre Rebellion.[2] Armond's son, Lord Joffrey Caswell, was present at the Wedding tourney at Whitewalls in 212 AC.[2]

Old Lord Caswell was the Lord of Bitterbridge during Rolly Duckfield's childhood. He was succeeded by his son, Lorent Caswell, who was wounded by Rolly before he fled in exile in Essos.[9]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Lord Lorent Caswell supports King Renly Baratheon, and welcomes his army at Bitterbridge, where a great melee is held.[10]

After Renly's assassination at Storm's End, Lorent locks himself inside his castle, refusing to implicate himself any more.[11]

Known Lords of Bitterbridge


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 The Mystery Knight.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
  5. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
  7. The Princess and the Queen.
  8. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
  9. 9.0 9.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 8, Tyrion III.
  10. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn II.
  11. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 44, Tyrion X.