Willam Stafford

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Willam Stafford
Alias The Drunken Knight
The Keg o' Ale
Title Ser
Book(s) Fire & Blood (mentioned)

Ser Willam Stafford, known as the Drunken Knight and the Keg o' Ale, was a knight during the reign of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen.

Appearance and Character

Willam was short, stout, big-bellied and very fond of drinking. He always appeared intoxicated.[1]


In 49 AC the young king Jaehaerys I Targaryen still had five vacant spots in the Kingsguard to fill. At the wedding of his mother Queen Regent Alyssa Velaryon and Lord Rogar Baratheon, it was decided to fill the remaining five slots by a test of arms since knights from all over the realm had come to attend the wedding. Jaehaerys agreed, but with a twist - the knights must fight on foot, not the joust, for foes seldom strike a king from horseback.[1]

The wild melees and bloody duels that followed were dubbed by maesters as the War for the White Cloaks with hundreds of knights competing for the honor of serving in the Kingsguard. Willam, although he did not win a white cloak became a great favorite of the smallfolk, the drunken knight looked like he could barely stand, let alone fight, yet somehow he did. The commoners started calling him "the Keg o' Ale" and would sing the "Hail, Hail Keg o' Ale" whenever he took the field.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fire & Blood, The Year of the Three Brides - 49 AC.