House Darry

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House Darry of Darry
House Darry.png
Coat of arms Tennée, a man proper attired cendrée holding a plow sable
Seat Extinct (formerly Darry)
Lord Extinct
Region The Riverlands
Title Lord of Darry
Overlord House Tully
Died out 298 AL

House Darry of Darry is a noble house from the Riverlands. Historically it had been one of the more prominent and powerful houses of the Trident, until the fall of the Targaryens. House Darry could trace their rule to the days when the Andals cast down the First Men. Their blazon is a black plowman on brown. [1] Their words do not appear in the books.


They were proven Targaryen loyalists, supporting King Daeron II over the Black Dragon and later defending King Aerys II against Robert and their liege lord, Hoster Tully, until the bitter end.[2] The current lord, Ser Raymun Darry, lost his three older brothers at the Battle of the Trident.[3] The defeat of the Targaryens cost the Darrys half of their lands, most of their wealth, and almost all their power.

The location of the Darry castle has not been shown by canon published maps. However, its approximate coordinates can be deduced from the text: it is repeated several times that it is close to Harrenhal.

Robert's company spent the night at Darry when Arya was lost because it was the nearest castle on the confluence between the Kingsroad and the Trident. That places the Darry Castle close to Lord Harroway's Town.

The Darry Castle, though old, is a relatively small castle. The central building where the Darrys have their apartments is called "the Plowman's Keep".

For unknown reasons, Lord Raymund Darry is called Ser Raymund Darry during A Game of Thrones, and at least once in A Feast for Crows (Chapter 30). However, his lordly rank is mentioned once.

There seems to be a fierce enmity between House Darry and House Frey; the Elder Brother of Quiet Isle implies that it is so while discussing the graves of the Isle.[4]

The Darry House at the end of the third century

The known Darrys during the timespan of the events described on A Song of Ice and Fire are:

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

Lord Darry
Lord Darry
3 older
Pate of the
Blue Fork
"Fat" Walda
"Little" Walder

Historical Members

  • The Demon of Darry, a famous Lord Commander of the Kingsguard
  • Lord Deremond was presumably a Darry. There is a song about his exploits at the Bloody Meadow. Some of its verses are: "And there he stood with sword in hand, the last of Darry’s ten ..."

References in the books

Dunk & Egg

  • A member of House Darry participated in the Ashford Tourney. Dunk spots and identifies their arms among the gathered heraldry.

A Song of Ice and Fire

  • Blind Norbert Vance squired together with Brynden Tully for the Lord Darry of their time.
  • Before the fall of the Targaryens, Ser Willem Darry was master-at-arms of the Red Keep. When Prince Rhaegar decided that he wanted to be a warrior, he asked Ser Willem Darry to provide him sword and armor.
  • Jon Darry was a member of Aerys II's Kingsguard. Ser Jaime Lannister remembers him as an earnest man.
  • Merrett Frey married Mariya, the daughter of Lord Darry, just before the rebellion. He later complains that the match turned a bad one after the Darrys lost all their prominence.
  • Ser Jonothor Darry and Ser Barristan Selmy were sent to Stoney Sept to rally the remnants of Jon Connington's army defeated at the Battle of the Bells to prepare them for the Trident.
  • The day Aerys II burned Lord Qarlton Chelsted, he abused his wife Rhaella at night. Jaime was guarding them with Jon Darry and asked him whether they should protect her as a member of the royal family. Darry answered that they were sworn to protect her, but not from him.
  • Daenerys explained how Ser Willem Darry and four loyal men had smuggled her and her brother out of Dragonstone to Braavos. She remembers Ser Willem dimly, as an ill, half-blind big man, who terrified their servants but treated her kindly.
  • House Darry is among the houses that Viserys Targaryen believed would rise for him if he landed in Westeros.
  • As King Robert's party journeyed north to Winterfell, Jaime and Tyrion Lannister discovered hidden tapestries of the Targaryen kings at Castle Darry, uncovering that the Darrys still were Targaryen loyalists.
  • During the hunt for Arya Stark and Mycah, Robert I and his party again stay at Castle Darry. Ser Raymun dislikes Robert because his family fought for Aerys II, and lost three brothers at the Trident.
  • Ser Raymun was summoned with all his strength to Riverrun. Meanwhile, Ser Gregor Clegane and his men ravaged his lands. He was sent with Ser Marq Piper and Ser Karyl Vance to report the incident to the Iron Throne.
  • Lord Raymun was part of the expedition commanded by Lord Beric Dondarrion to capture Gregor Clegane. The party was ambushed by Gregor, and he was killed in the fight.
  • After Robb Stark's victory at the Battle of the Camps, Marq Piper and Karyl Vance arrive at Riverrun with Raymun's son, the new Lord of Darry: a child called Lyman.
  • Lyman Darry attends the council at Riverrun where Robb is crowned king. There he assures that he will never call a Lannister his king.
  • Little Walder Frey quartered his shield to depict in one quarter the plowman of his mother's house.
  • When Robb gave leave to the riverlords to return to their castles, Lyman returned to Darry. Just after he had arrived, Ser Gregor Clegane returned and killed him and all his garrison. He was only eight, and the last trueborn heir of Darry through the male line.
  • Ser Helman Tallhart took the castle from the Lannister garrison that surrendered. Lord Roose Bolton told him that King Robb had ordered the surrendered garrison to be executed and to put the castle to the torch and leave.
  • After the Battle of the Blackwater, Joffrey I awarded Ser Lancel Lannister the lands, castle and rights of House Darry, creating House Lannister of Darry. This lordship was given in favor of a living bastard Darry cousin. The move was arranged by Lord Tywin to thank his loyal brother Ser Kevan (Lancel's father).
  • Castle Darry was occupied by outlaws after the northmens' departure. Ser Kevan sent Ser Harwyn Plumm, called The Hardstone, to expel them.
  • Tom of Sevenstreams accuses Sandor Clegane of the death of Raymun Darry and his son, although it was the work of his brother.
  • Ser Kevan married his son Lancel to Amerei Frey, the eldest daughter of the female heir to Darry, to strengthen his claim over the Darry lands. She brought with her to Darry her mother, one sister and some uncles and cousins. Probably after Ser Kevan's recommendation, Lancel quartered his Lannister arms with the Darry plowman.
  • Kevan helps Lancel to rebuild Darry, but departs soon due to disagreements with his son and his new religious zeal.
  • Jaime and his company spend a night at Castle Darry on their way to the Siege of Riverrun.
  • Dead soldiers with bearing the colors of House Darry have washed up on the Quiet Isle. According to the Elder Brother, they are buried next to their enemies.
  • Genna Lannister complains that Darry, though smaller, was a safer place than Riverrun and would have preferred it, since the male line of the Darrys was already extinguished.

References and Notes

  1. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 16, Bran
  2. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 28, Catelyn
  3. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 16, Eddard
  4. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 31, Brienne VI, circa page 463.
  5. Aerys's Kingsguard (May 27, 1999) So Spake Martin
  6. Jeyne's father was lord of Darry: A Feast for Crows, Chapter 32, Jaime
  7. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 65, Sansa