Desmond (Grand Maester)

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Title Grand Maester
Allegiance The Citadel
House Targaryen
Died In 44 AC[1]
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
Fire & Blood (mentioned)
The Sons of the Dragon (mentioned)

Desmond was a maester of the Citadel who served as Grand Maester during the reign of King Maegor I Targaryen.


Desmond was one of three known Grand Maesters who served during the rule of Maegor the Cruel. After Queen Alys Harroway went into premature labor in 44 AC,[1], Desmond assisted in the delivery. When the queen gave birth to a severely-deformed stillborn child, Maegor, in his fury, blamed everyone who had assisted in the delivery, and later Queen Alys herself for her supposed infidelity. He eventually ordered the executions of Alys, her lord father Lucas, her septas and midwives, and Desmond.[2][3]

Desmond was one of three Grand Maesters that were executed during Maegor's reign.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 A Forum of Ice and Fire: Inconsistency or Intentional?
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  3. The Sons of the Dragon.
  4. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 12, Tyrion II.