"I had a brother once. Domeric. I think you would've liked him. He played the harp, and liked books. But he fell ill, unfortunately. It was terrible, to lose a brother so young. We buried him beneath the Dreadfort."
Ramsay Snow to Ethan Forrester[src]

Domeric Bolton was the first trueborn son of Lord Roose Bolton, and heir to the Dreadfort until his death.


Domeric Bolton was the first trueborn son and heir of Lord Roose Bolton, the Lord of the Dreadfort. He was a harpist and very well-read. As a young man, he "fell ill", died, and was buried underneath the Dreadfort.[1] Following his death, Lord Bolton's only living offspring was Ramsay Snow, his bastard son, who was legitimized many years later as Ramsay Bolton.[2] When Roose Bolton fathers a second trueborn son, Ramsay feigns looking forward to meeting his new brother but then proceeds to murder his father and the infant along with the infant's mother.[3]

Family tree

Lady Bolton
Roose Bolton
Walda Bolton
née Frey House-Frey-Main-Shield
Domeric Bolton
Ramsay Bolton
Sansa Stark House-Stark-Main-Shield
Bolton baby
Newborn Bolton

Behind the scenes

Domeric Bolton has only been indirectly mentioned in press interviews by Iwan Rheon[4][5] and Michael McElhatton[6][7] as well as George R.R. Martin in the "Bastards of Westeros" promotional video.[2]

"Iron From Ice", episode 1 of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series, features cut dialogue of Ramsay mentioning Domeric's death to Ethan Forrester and his mother, remarking sarcastically that he "fell ill" and mockingly expressing sorrow.[1]

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Domeric Bolton was the only son and heir of Lord Roose Bolton and Lady Bethany Ryswell, his second wife. According to Roose, Domeric was quiet but accomplished; he read history, played the harp and rode horses as if born on the saddle. Domeric's aunt (his mother's younger sister), Lady Barbrey Dustin, was quite fond of him as he had served as a page for her at Barrowton. He also served as a squire for Lord Redfort in the Vale, who said Domeric had the makings of a tournament champion. Domeric enjoyed the company of Redfort's sons in the Vale and, longing for a brother of his own, rode up the Weeping Water to seek out his bastard half-brother despite his father's forbidding it.

According to the Dreadfort's maester, Uthor, Domeric died of a sickness of the bowels. Reek once heard Skinner (one of the Bastard's Boys) say that Ramsay had killed his trueborn brother, but he had never dared to believe it. Roose and Lady Dustin, among others, strongly suspect Ramsay murdered Domeric with poison to take his place as Roose's heir. In view of Ramsay's personality, it is very likely that the taboo of kinslaying means nothing to him, and that he did indeed murder Domeric. Roose, while telling Reek about Domeric, speculates that Ramsay will also murder any trueborn siblings that Walda will give birth to; this is perhaps a foreshadowing of Ramsay's vile deeds in the show (which have not been performed in the books, at least not yet).

See also


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Lord: None, extinct Heir: None, extinct
Seat: Winterfell
The Dreadfort
Lands: The North
Title(s): Red King (former) · Lord of the Dreadfort
Ancestors:Royce IV Bolton · Rogar Bolton
Current members:None, extinct
Deceased members:Domeric Bolton · Ramsay Bolton · Roose Bolton · Walda Bolton
Household:{Locke} · {Steelshanks} · {Myranda} · {Tansy} · {Violet} · {Master Torturer} · Maester Wolkan
Overlord:House Baratheon of King's Landing