Lord of Longtable|
Hand of the King
Kevan Lannister (master of laws)|
Harys Swyft (Hand of the King)
Randyll Tarly (master of laws)|
Mace Tyrell (Hand of the King)
|Spouse(s)||Lady Taena of Myr|
A Storm of Swords (appears)|
A Feast for Crows (appears)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
Appearance and Character
Orton has a large, lumpy nose with messy orange-red hair. He is always courteous.
Orton is the grandson of Lord Owen Merryweather, a Hand of the King to Aerys II Targaryen who was exiled from Westeros for failing to contain Robert's Rebellion. Orton went into exile with his grandfather where he found a Myrish bride, Taena.
During his reign,[N 1] King Robert I Baratheon was persuaded by Orton to restore the lands, castle and titles stripped by Aerys to the Merryweathers. Robert does not grant them all of their lands back, however, and also empties the family treasury, leaving Orton a less wealthy and powerful lord than his grandfather had been.
A Storm of Swords
Lord Orton is among the lords who travel to King's Landing when Margaery Tyrell is promised to King Joffrey I Baratheon. He brings his wife, Lady Taena of Myr. Lord Merryweather dances with Sansa Stark at her wedding feast.
A Feast for Crows
Queen Regent Cersei Lannister names Lord Orton to her small council as lord justiciar. In their first session, he counsels making cause with the ironborn to make up for the Iron Throne's lack of sea power after the Battle of the Blackwater, and granting them part of the north despite House Bolton's dominion there. He further suggests turning on the ironmen if the Boltons defeat Stannis Baratheon, though ultimately Cersei elects to build her own fleet.
Petyr had once remarked that the horn of plenty that adorned House Merryweather's arms suited Lord Orton admirably, since he had carrot-colored hair, a nose as bulbous as a beetroot, and pease porridge for wits.—thoughts of Cersei Lannister
- The Merryweather restauration happened after Robert became king (283 AC) and before the birth of Orton's son, Russell, as he was born at Longtable (A Feast for Crows, Cersei VI). Given that Russell was born no later than 294 AC (see Russell Merryweather), the Merryweathers were thus restored in or between 283 AC and 294 AC.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Orton Merryweather.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 17, Cersei IV.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 39, Cersei IX.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 11, Jaime II.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 12, Cersei III.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Longtable.
- So Spake Martin: Knights and Lords, March 02, 2002
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 16, Jaime II.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 6, Sansa I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 59, Sansa IV.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 43, Cersei X.