House Butterwell

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House Butterwell
House Butterwell.png
Coat of arms Barry wavy green, white, and yellow
(Barry wavy vert, argent, and or)
Seat Lord Harroway's Town (formerly)
Whitewalls (formerly)
Region riverlands
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.


After 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 House Towers, and the rest of the Harroway holdings to Lord Dormand 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 House Butterwell's castle, Whitewalls,[1] and gave his Hand a dragon egg in return for "access" to Butterwell's three maiden daughters.[1][4] By the next day all three had royal bastards on the way, according to the stories.[1]

His grandson, Ambrose Butterwell was also 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 211 AC, Lord Ambrose held a tourney at Whitewalls, 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:

  • no member has appeared yet.

Historical Members

  • Lord Alton Butterwell, master of coin during the reign of Maegor I Targaryen.[3]
    • Alton's sister, a fat and homely widow, but of proven fertility, having produced seven children.[3]
  • Lord Butterwell, a Hand of the King to Aegon IV.
    • His daughters.
  • Lord Ambrose Butterwell, grandson of the above and head of House Butterwell from the reigns of Daeron II through to Aerys I; a former Hand of the King to Daeron II.
    • His sons and daughters.


Lord Butterwell
3 daughters
Aegon IV Targaryen
Lady Frey
3 sons
Tommard Heddle
Lord Risley
Lord Costayne


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 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. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Sworn Sword.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys I.