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House Locke of Oldcastle
House Locke 2.svg
Coat of arms Bronze crossed keys on a white pale on purple
(Purpure, on a pale argent two keys saltirewise bronze)
Head Lord Ondrew Locke
Region North

House Locke of Oldcastle is a noble house from Oldcastle in the north.[3]

Their banner is two bronze keys crossed on a white pale on purple. Their words do not appear in the text.[4]


The Lockes ruled as First Men kings after the Long Night, but they were eventually reduced to vassals by the Kings of Winter from House Stark.[5]

After the extinction of House Greystark, the Flints held the Wolf's Den for a century and the Lockes for almost two centuries.[1][5]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Ser Donnel Locke is captured at some point by the Lannisters,[6] presumably at the battle on the Green Fork.

A Clash of Kings

Ser Mallador Locke joins the great ranging commanded by Jeor Mormont, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. He is in charge of the baggage train and the packhorses.[7]

Lord Ondrew Locke excuses himself from attending the harvest feast at Winterfell because he is too old to dare the journey.[8]

The acting Hand of the King, Tyrion Lannister, plans to exchange Donnel and Lord Medger Cerwyn for Tion Frey, but the negotiations fail.[6] Held at Harrenhal, Donnel is freed by Roose Bolton.[9]

A Storm of Swords

When the Watch receives news of the approach of the wildlings to the Fist of the First Men, Mallador supports retreating back to the Wall.[10] However, he is not among the survivors of the expedition who return to Castle Black.[11]

While going to the Twins to attend Lord Edmure Tully's wedding, Lockes are caught on the wrong side of the Trident. They suffer heavy losses when attacked by Gregor Clegane in the fighting at the fords of the Trident.[12] During the Red Wedding, Catelyn Stark sees Donnel killed by crossbow bolts.[13]

Maester Aemon sends a raven to Oldcastle in a plea for help to defend Castle Black from wildlings.[14]

A Feast for Crows

Sybelle Locke and her children are held captive at Deepwood Motte by Asha Greyjoy.[15]

A Dance with Dragons

When Davos Seaworth is first presented to Lord Wyman Manderly at the Merman's Court, an unknown Locke[16] speaks briefly to the detriment of Ramsay Bolton.[17]

When Lord Roose Bolton takes Theon Greyjoy to Barrow Hall, amongst the banners they see are Ondrew's crossed keys.[18] Lord Locke follows Roose to Winterfell for the wedding of Ramsay to "Arya Stark".[19] However, Wyman believes the Lockes of Oldcastle will take their lead not from House Bolton, but from House Manderly.[1]

House Locke of Oldcastle at the end of the third century

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

With unspecified familiar relationship to the main branch of the house there are also:

Historical Members


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 29, Davos IV.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, The North: The Kings of Winter.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
  4. The Citadel. Heraldry: the North
  5. 5.0 5.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The North: The Kings of Winter.
  6. 6.0 6.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 25, Tyrion VI.
  7. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 13, Jon II.
  8. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 16, Bran II.
  9. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 47, Arya IX.
  10. A Storm of Swords, Prologue.
  11. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 48, Jon VI.
  12. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 49, Catelyn VI.
  13. 13.0 13.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 51, Catelyn VII.
  14. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 55, Jon VII.
  15. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 11, The Kraken's Daughter.
  16. He is described as "A stocky man in white and purple, whose cloak was fastened with a pair of crossed bronze keys".
  17. 17.0 17.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 19, Davos III.
  18. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 32, Reek III.
  19. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 37, The Prince of Winterfell.
  20. A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
  21. 21.0 21.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Appendix: Stark Lineage.