Ambrose Butterwell

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Ambrose Butterwell
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Alias(es) Old Milkblood
The lord of cows
Lord Butterbutt
Title(s) Lord of Whitewalls
Master of coin
Hand of the King
Allegiance House Butterwell
House Targaryen
House Blackfyre
Successor Lord Hayford (Hand of the King)
Culture(s) Rivermen
Born In 161 AC or 162 AC[1]
Spouse(s) 1st: Unknown
2nd: Lady Frey
Issue 3 Sons
3 Daughters
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
The Sworn Sword (mentioned)
The Mystery Knight (appears)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)

Ambrose Butterwell was Lord of Whitewalls and head of House Butterwell during the reigns of kings Aegon IV,[2] Daeron II,[3] and Aerys I Targaryen.[2] He served as master of coin for Aegon IV[2] and later as Hand of the King for Daeron II.[3]

Appearance and Character

Ambrose Butterwell was renowned for his wit, but considered to be a failure as a Hand.[4] He was roughly fifty years old when he married his second wife, the daughter of Lord Frey of the Crossing. He had heavy jowls and thin flaxen hair.[2]


Lord Ambrose was master of coin under King Aegon IV Targaryen.[2] He was raised to Hand of the King under Aegon's successor, King Daeron II, for a short time, but his ability to lead was questioned when his attempt to deal with the burgeoning Blackfyre Rebellion failed miserably.[3] He was replaced by Lord Hayford.[3] During the First Blackfyre Rebellion Butterwell attempted to keep one foot in each camp, he sent his eldest son to fight for King Daeron II and his second son to fight for Daemon Blackfyre.[2] Both of them perished at the Battle of the Redgrass Field, and his youngest son died of the Great Spring Sickness.[2]

Lord Ambrose hosted the Whitewalls tourney to celebrate his marriage to a daughter of House Frey, but the tourney was also secretly an attempt to foment the Second Blackfyre Rebellion in the name of Daemon II Blackfyre. The winner would receive the dragon egg that had been given to Butterwell's grandfather by King Aegon IV Targaryen. However, the egg was stolen before it could be awarded. After the squire Egg (Prince Aegon Targaryen in disguise) attempted to send a message to his father, Prince Maekar Targaryen and tried to use his father's ring to persuade the maester, he was presented to Lord Ambrose. Aegon bluffed him by claiming that he was a spy and that an army was coming, after which Ambrose recanted his allegiance to House Blackfyre and fled with Lord Frey. However, before he could get far, Lord Brynden Rivers appeared with an army and put an end to the nascent rebellion. Lord Ambrose lost his castle Whitewalls (which was razed and the earth salted), and was only allowed to keep a tenth of his house's fortunes along with his head.[2]


3 daughters
Aegon IV
Lady Frey
first wife
3 sons
Lord Risley