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House Cerwyn
A black battle-axe on silver
"Honed And Ready"
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Cadet branches
Date of founding
Ancestral weapon
"Lord Cerwyn refused to pay. He said the Warden of the North would always be a Stark, and he’d be damned if he’d kiss a traitor’s boot...I flayed him living, along with his wife and brother. Made his son watch...The new Lord Cerwyn paid his taxes. "
Ramsay Bolton[src]

House Cerwyn of Castle Cerwyn is a vassal house that holds fealty to House Stark of Winterfell. Their lands are located east to the Kingsroad, south of Winterfell.

House Cerwyn's heraldry is a black battle-axe on silver, and their words are "Honed And Ready".


Season 5Edit

Roose Bolton sends his recently legitimized bastard son Ramsay to Castle Cerwyn to collect taxes from his new vassals. Lord Medger, however, refuses to pay; proudly professing his loyalty to House Stark, and denouncing Bolton as a turncloak. For his defiance, Ramsay has Medger flayed alive, along with his wife, and brother, all the while forcing his son to watch the ordeal. When Ramsay relays these events to his father he casually remarks that the new Lord Cerwyn paid his taxes.[1]

Season 6Edit

While making plans to retake the North, Jon Snow lists the Cerwyns as one of the houses that have not yet declared for the Boltons, along with the Hornwoods, Glovers, Mormonts, and Mazins. Jon and Sansa decide they must appeal to these lesser houses first.[2]

Jon and Sansa visit and recruit House Mormont and also receive the support of House Hornwood and House Mazin but are rebuffed by House Glover. Jon and Sansa then disagree about travelling to Castle Cerwyn. Ravens are sent to the houses South of Winterfell including House Manderly. Sansa believes they need to secure the support of more men and should make the trip to talk to House Cerwyn in person while Jon insists that time is the more important factor and determines to make the assault without receiving an answer from House Cerwyn.[3]

After the Starks have retaken Winterfell from Ramsay Bolton, Lord Cley Cerwyn and other northern houses to discuss about what happens now that the war is over. Lord Cley suggest that they return to their respective castles to prepare for the coming winter storm, but Jon Snow responds that the real enemy is the one who will bring the storm. Lady Lyanna Mormont stands up and chastises Lord Cley, Lord Robett Glover and Lord Wyman Manderly for not supporting House Stark in their fight against Ramsay Bolton before she declares Jon as the new King in the North. Lord Cley then joins all the other northerners in the declaration of their new king.


  • Lord {Medger Cerwyn}, Lord of Castle Cerwyn. Former head of the family. Flayed alive by Ramsay Bolton.
    • {Lady Cerwyn}, his wife. Flayed alive by Ramsay Bolton.
      • Lord Cley Cerwyn, their son and heir. Current head of the family.
  • {Lord Cerwyn's brother}. Flayed alive by Ramsay Bolton.

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Lord Medger Cerwyn


Lady Cerwyn


Unknown Cerwyn

Cley Cerwyn

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the house Cerwyn is one of closest bannermen to the Starks, Castle Cerwyn being just a half day's ride from Winterfell.

Following the deaths of Lord Medger Cerwyn and his son Cley, Lady Jonelle, past thirty, swears fealty to the new Warden of the North, Lord Roose Bolton. Cerwyn men are present at Winterfell for the wedding of Ramsay Bolton.


  • Lord {Medger Cerwyn}, Lord of Cerwyn. Taken captive by the Lannisters at the Battle of the Green Fork, and later died of his injuries at Harrenhal.
    • Lady Jonella Cerwyn, his daughter. A homely maid, past thirty.
    • Lord {Cley Cerwyn}, his son. Killed by the Boltons during the Sack of Winterfell.

The Cerwyn heraldry is slightly different in the TV series. In the novels, it is a black battle-axe on a white background. In the TV series, it is a silver-bladed battle-axe with a black shaft, on a grey background.

Cerwyn bannerman Ser Kyle Condon was in command of one of the only Northern armies that may have survived after the Red Wedding - not counting the Stark-loyal River Lord houses such as the Tullys. When Roose Bolton marched the eastern half of the Stark army back to the Twins, he intentionally advanced slow enough to allow Gregor Clegane to fall on his rear guard in the Battle of Ruby Ford - intentionally sending Stark loyalists on suicide missions while leaving his own Bolton forces unblooded and intact. After crossing the Trident, his remaining army consisted of around 3,500 Bolton men, and 600 men from other Northern Houses. Not wanting these remaining Stark-loyal men to interfere in the betrayal at the Twins, he left them to command the northern bank of the Trident, under the command of Ser Kyle Condon and Ronnel Stout (the Stouts being bannermen of House Dustin). Oddly, afterwards no mention at all was made of what happened to Kyle Condon and his small army detachment, even though they were not present at the Red Wedding.

In "A Dance with Dragons", following the liberation of Deepwood Motte, House Cerwyn is one of the northern houses who join Stannis in his campaign against the Boltons.

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House Cerwyn
Lord: Cley Cerwyn Heir:
Seat: Castle Cerwyn Lands: The North
Title(s): Lord of Cerwyn
Deceased members:Medger Cerwyn · Lady Cerwyn · Medger Cerwyn's brother
Overlord:House Stark

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