House Butterwell

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House Butterwell
House Butterwell.svg
Coat of arms Barry wavy green, white, and yellow
(Barry wavy vert, argent, and or)
Seat Lord Harroway's Town (formerly)
Whitewalls (formerly)
Region The riverlands
Title Lord of Lord Harroway's Town (formerly)
Lord of Whitewalls (formerly)
Overlord House Tully (AGOT)
House Baelish (ADWD)

House Butterwell is a noble house of the riverlands. Their blazon is undy green, white, and yellow.[1][2]

House Butterwell was once a rich house with extensive lands, though its main incomes came from dairy cows,[1] prompting some to dismiss their origins as little more than upjumped cattle thieves,[1] and once had a castle called Whitewalls. House Butterwell was said to have had the best wines outside of the Arbor.

History

After King Maegor I Targaryen exterminated House Harroway in 44 AC, he divided the Harroway holdings among his remaining supporters. The king granted Lord Harroway's Town to Lord Alton Butterwell, Harrenhal to Lord Walton Towers, and the rest of the Harroway holdings to Lord Darnold Darry.[3] When Maegor decided to take more wives as he needed an heir, Alton, the king's master of coin, suggested his widowed stout sister as a match, who while no great beauty had given birth to seven children so her fertility was beyond doubt. Maegor was scornful of Alton's offer, but he eventually chose women of proven fertility when he wed three new Black Brides in 47 AC.[3]

Lord Butterwell was Hand of the King to Aegon IV Targaryen. King Aegon stayed one night at Butterwell's castle,[1] and gave his Hand a dragon egg in return for "access" to his three maiden daughters.[1][4] By the next day all three girls had royal bastards on the way, according to the tales.[1] He had Whitewalls built, the pale castle was commonly called the Milkhouse by the smallfolk who lived near it. Its walls, keep, and towers were made of white stone quarried in the Vale of Arryn, and its floors and pillars were crafted from white marble veined with gold. The rafters were carved from the trunks of weirwoods.[1]

His grandson, Lord Ambrose Butterwell was a master of coin under King Aegon IV Targaryen[1] and was also later a Hand of the King, for Daeron II Targaryen.[5][1][6] At the beginning of the First Blackfyre Rebellion, he performed so poorly that some thought he was in league with Daemon Blackfyre.[5][6] He was replaced by Lord Hayford as Hand.[5][6]

The Butterwells attempted to keep one foot in each camp during the First Blackfyre Rebellion.[1] Lord Ambrose's eldest son fought for Daeron while his second son fought for Daemon, but both sons died at the Battle of the Redgrass Field. His youngest son died of the Great Spring Sickness.[1]

In 212 AC, Lord Ambrose held a wedding tourney at Whitewalls, for a marriage between himself and Lord Freys daughter, which became the setting for the Second Blackfyre Rebellion. As punishment, Lord Bloodraven allowed Ambrose to keep only a tenth of his wealth. Whitewalls was stripped from the Butterwells, and Bloodraven decided to have it dismantled to prevent it from becoming a Blackfyre monument.[1]

House Butterwell at the end of the third century

The known Butterwells during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

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Historical Members

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lord
Butterwell
 
Unknown
wife
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown
wife
 
Son
 
3 daughters
 
Aegon IV
Targaryen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lady Frey
 
Ambrose
 
Unknown
first wife
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3 sons
 
Daughter
 
Tommard
Heddle
 
Daughter
 
Lord Risley
 
Daughter
 
Lord Costayne
 
 
 
 


References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 The Mystery Knight.
  2. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Riverlands
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The Sons of the Dragon.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 The Sworn Sword.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys I.
  7. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.