"House Hightower, who were kings before the Andals came. Their seat is the oldest city in Westeros. They call it Oldtown. Wealthy, proud, and solitary, there have been Hightowers who wouldn't come down from their great lighthouse for decades. Its name, fittingly, the Hightower."
Margaery Tyrell [src]

House Hightower of the Hightower is a vassal house from the Reach that holds fealty to Lord Bronn of Highgarden. Their seat is the Hightower located in the great city of Oldtown, the oldest, greatest, and second most populated city of Westeros that lies southwest of Highgarden at the mouth of River Honeywine, and opens to the Sunset Sea. Their house words are "We Light the Way."


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Ser Gerold Hightower, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, at the Tower of Joy.

Alicent Hightower

Queen Alicent Hightower, mother to King Aegon II

Historical members

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, House Hightower is a powerful family with strong ties to the Tyrells. The family is very old, existing since the Dawn of Days when they were petty-kings. During the coming of the Andals and the creation of the Kingdom of the Reach, the Hightowers allied with the newcomers. Thus, they were able to keep their wealth, lands, and privileges. House Hightower rarely takes part in wars within the realm. They were integral in the foundation of the Citadel and continue to be patrons of both the Order of Maesters and the Faith of the Seven.

House Hightower is said to be as rich as House Lannister and can field three times as many swords as other Tyrell bannermen, as they have vassals of their own, such as House Cuy; more, if they took everyone possible out of Oldtown. The four-decked Honor of Oldtown is the flagship of the Hightower fleet. In the War of the Five Kings, so far the Hightowers have followed the Tyrell lead, declaring for Renly Baratheon on the outbreak of the conflict, and not changing to Stannis Baratheon's side after Renly's assassination.

The house is led by Lord Leyton Hightower. The sigil of House Hightower is a stone white watchtower, with a fire on the top. Their words are "We Light the Way".


  • Lord Leyton Hightower, called the Old Man of Oldtown. Voice of Oldtown, Lord of the Port, Lord of the Hightower, Defender of the Citadel, Beacon of the South.
    • Lady Rhea Florent, his fourth wife.
      • Ser Baelor Hightower, his eldest son and heir. Called Baelor Brightsmile. Married to Rhonda Rowan.
      • Malora Hightower, his eldest daughter. Called the Mad Maid.
      • Alerie Hightower, his second daughter. Married to Lord Mace Tyrell.
      • Ser Garth Hightower, his second son. Called Greysteel.
      • Denyse Hightower, his third daughter. Married to Ser Desmond Redwyne.
      • Leyla Hightower, his fourth daughter. Married to Ser Jon Cupps
      • Alysanne Hightower, his fifth daughter. Married to Lord Arthur Ambrose.
      • Lynesse Hightower, his sixth daughter. Formerly married to Lord Jorah Mormont.
      • Ser Gunthor Hightower, his third son. Married to Jeyne Fossoway.
      • Ser Humfrey Hightower, his fourth son.
  • Ser {Gerold Hightower}, called the White Bull. Lord Commander of the Kingsguard under Aerys II Targaryen. Lord Leyton's uncle. Killed at the Tower of Joy.

See also


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House Hightower
Lord: Uncertain Heir: Uncertain
Seat: The Hightower, Oldtown Lands: The Reach
Title(s): Lord of the Hightower · Voice of Oldtown
Ancestors:Urrigon Hightower · Peremore Hightower · Lymond Hightower · Dorian Hightower · Runcel Hightower · Manfred Hightower
Current members:Leyton Hightower · Lynesse Hightower
Deceased members:Otto Hightower · Alicent Hightower · Gerold Hightower · Alerie Hightower
Overlord:Lord Bronn of the Blackwater
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