Clayton Suggs

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Clayton Suggs
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Suggs rips his longsword from its scabbard - by Marc Fishman ©

Title Ser
Allegiance House Baratheon of Dragonstone
Queen's men
Book(s) A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)
The Winds of Winter (appears)

Ser Clayton Suggs is a queen's men, previously a hedge knight,[1] though he hails from House Suggs.[2] His coat of arms is a winged pig.[3]

Appearance and Character

Clayton is a short burly man with a balding head and a mouthful of broken brown teeth. He has a deep voice. Clayton is considered a crony[1] and the strong right hand of Ser Godry Farring.[4] He is cruel and enjoys torturing, especially women, and it is rumored his love for the Lord of Light is only love of human sacrifice.


Clayton hails from Flea Bottom. According to Ser Justin Massey, on Dragonstone Clayton would gamble with the torturers and lend them a hand in the questioning of prisoners, especially if the prisoner were a young woman.[4]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

Ser Clayton is sworn to King Stannis Baratheon. He is among the knights who went north to the Wall with him.[5]

A Dance with Dragons

At Castle Black, Clayton states that Houses Hornwood, Cerwyn, Tallhart, Ryswell and Dustin are all traitors and lapdogs of the Lannisters. When Stannis dismisses his men during a meeting with Jon Snow, Clayton drains his cup dry and mutters something to Harwood Fell that makes him laugh. Jon Snow considers Clayton an upjumped hedge knight "as crude as he was strong".[1]

Clayton is among those who march with Stannis on Deepwood Motte and then Winterfell. Suggs agrees with Ser Godry Farring they should burn someone to appease R'hllor and end the blizzard. Asha Greyjoy believes it is her whom Suggs wants to burn. Asha does not like Clayton; to her he seems simply cruel. Clayton insults and goads Asha constantly. She has seen him at the nightfires, watching, his lips parted and his eyes avid. She concludes to herself that it is not the god Suggs loves, it is the flames.

When four Peasebury men are caught committing cannibalism they are burned alive as a sacrifice to R’hllor, except the serjeant, who throws insults to goad Clayton into killing him with a knife. Clayton never says a word, one quick slash opened the serjeant’s throat, sending a wash of blood down his chest.

Later when Clayton finds Asha alone looking at the burned corpses of the sacrificed men he insults her. She thinks to herself that Suggs is worse than Middle Liddle. She reminds Clayton that Stannis gelds men for rape and he laughs saying he would sooner see her burn.

Suddenly they hear riders. Clayton rips his longsword from its scabbard and tells her to run and warn the king, as he assumes it is Roose Bolton’s host upon them. Asha notes that a brute he might be but Suggs does not lack courage. However, the riders turn out to be Tycho Nestoris of the Iron Bank of Braavos and his escort, some of which are Asha’s ironborn men.

The Winds of Winter

Clayton is present along with Ser Godry Farring and Richard Horpe when Stannis interrogates Maester Tybald about his loyalties. Stannis has Clayton threaten violence on the maester to make Tybald tell him everything.[3]

Quotes about Clayton

He learned all he knows in the wynds of Flea Bottom. Were I to put you in his charge, he might strangle you with your own chain or scoop your eye out with a spoon.[3]

- Stannis Baratheon to Tybald

References and Notes