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The Crownlands and the location of Claw Isle
The Crownlands and the location of Claw Isle
Claw Isle
The Crownlands and the location of Claw Isle

The Lord of Claw Isle is a title held by the head of House Celtigar, the ruler of Claw Isle.[1].


The Celtigar, a family of Valyrian descent, settled on Claw Isle at an unknown date and became the ruler of the island.[2] They also claim dominion over Crackclaw Point, but the inhabitants do not acknowledge them as their ruler.[3]

By the time of Aegon's Conquest, the Lords of Claw Isle dominated the middle reaches of the narrow sea. Lord Crispian Celtigar declared for Aegon the Dragon during his conquest. At the end of the war, Aegon rewarded Lord Crispian by appointing him master of coin.[4] Lord Crispian was the first of several Celtigars to be named at this position.[5][6]

Lord Alton Celtigar was named Aegon I's Hand of the King in 9 AC, indicating Lord Crispian had passed away by then, and served ably until his death in 17 AC.[7]

Edwell Celtigar was the second Lord Celtigar to be named Hand of the King, serving Aegon's second son, King Maegor I Targaryen.[8] In 47 AC, King Maegor was without an heir to succeded him, Edwell saw an opportunity in that fact and advanced his own daughters, Prunella and Prudence, as potential brides for the king. Maegor refused and Edwell resigned from office the following year.[9] However, thanks to Queen Alysanne Targaryen good matches were arranged some years later for the daughters of the Lord of Claw Isle; Prudence was betrothed to Lord Grafton of Gulltown and Prunella married Lord Uther Peake of Starpike.[10][11]

King Jaehaerys I Targaryen pardonned Edwell for having supported Maegor, recalled him from Claw Isle, and named him his master of coin.[5] When Jaehaerys became sixteen years old and a king in his own right, he kindly dismissed Edwell from office and replaced him with Rego Draz, a wealthy Pentoshi merchant.[12]

Edwell died of the Shivers in 59 AC and was succeeded by his son. This new Lord of Claw Isle died of the same disease three days later, however.[13]

During the Dance of the Dragons, old Lord Bartimos Celtigar sat on Rhaenyra Targaryen's black council and was one of her staunch supporter. As Bartimos was a very wealthy lord, Rhaenyra hoped he would competently managed the treasury of the Crown and named him her master of coin after the fall of King's Landing. However, Bartimos grew quickly unpopular in the city after he restored ancient taxes and created new ones.[6] In 130 AC, some angry kingslanders cut Bartimos's genitals and head while riots broke in the capital.[14] Bartimos was succeeded by his son, Clement Celtigar.[15]

After the ascension of King Aegon III Targaryen, Lord Clement rode to King's Landing from Duskendale with Ser Corwyn Corbray and Lady Staunton.[15]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

The old Lord of Claw Isle, Ardrian Celtigar, declares for Stannis Baratheon at the start of the War of the Five Kings.[16] He is captured at the Battle of the Blackwater and bends the knee to King Joffrey I Baratheon.[17]

A Storm of Swords

Lord Ardrian stays in King's Landing in fear of reprisals from Stannis. He is present at the wedding of King Joffrey I to Lady Margaery Tyrell, and later testifies against Tyrion Lannister at his trial for regicide.[18]

Known Lords of Claw Isle


  1. A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  3. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 20, Brienne IV.
  4. Fire & Blood, Aegon's Conquest.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Fire & Blood, The Year of The three Brides - 49 AC.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
  7. Fire & Blood, Three Heads had the Dragon - Governance under Aegon I.
  8. 8.0 8.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  9. Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
  10. Fire & Blood, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.
  11. Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
  12. Fire & Blood, A Time of Testing - The Realm Remade.
  13. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  14. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf.
  16. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 10, Davos I.
  17. 17.0 17.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 65, Sansa VIII.
  18. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 66, Tyrion IX.
  19. Fire & Blood, Three Heads Had the Dragon.
  20. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny and Pain.