House Trant

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House Trant of Gallowsgrey
House Trant.svg
Coat of arms A black hanged man, on a blue field
(Azure, a hanged man sable)
Words So End Our Foes
Seat Gallowsgrey
Head Unknown
Region The Stormlands[1]
Overlord House Baratheon[1]

House Trant of Gallowsgrey is a noble family from the stormlands. They are one of the principal houses sworn to House Baratheon of Storm's End.[1]

According to a semi-canon source the seat of House Trant is Gallowsgrey. Their words are "So End Our Foes".[2] They blazon their shields with azure, a hanged man, sable.[3]


At the tourney at Ashford Meadow in 209 AC, Steely Pate gives Ser Duncan the Tall his newly painted shield, they discussed the auspicious merit of various heraldic sigils. Pate mentions having seen shields adorned with, among other things, hanged men and reminds Duncan that they served their wielders just as well.[4]

Duncan the Tall, having had his shield destroyed in a trial by combat at the Chequy Water against Ser Lucas the Longinch, bought a new shield during his stay at Stoney Sept. The shield had not been painted since its last owner and therefore still featured a hanged man as its sigil - most likely the personal arms of a member from House Trant. This inspired Duncan to adopt the temporary alias of the "Gallows Knight" for the tourney at Whitewalls in 212 AC.[5]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Ser Meryn Trant is one of the three sworn brothers of the Kingsguard who protect King Robert I Baratheon on his journey to Winterfell to name his new Hand of the King.[6] When Lord Eddard Stark is betrayed and arrested, Ser Meryn is sent to capture Arya Stark and fights Syrio Forel.[7]

A Clash of Kings

Ser Meryn rides in the joust during the tourney on King Joffrey's name day. He breaks two lances with Ser Hobber Redwyne, unhorsing him on the second pass.[8] Ser Meryn is frequently ordered to beat Sansa Stark by King Joffrey I Baratheon.[8] He is assigned to guard Joffrey during the battle of the Blackwater.[9]

A Storm of Swords

During the trial of Tyrion Lannister for the death of Joffrey, Ser Meryn is called as a witness for the prosecution. He recounts that Tyrion beat Joffrey after the riot of King's Landing and that Tyrion threatened the king's life.[10]

House Trant at the end of the third century

The known Trants during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are: