House Trant

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House Trant of Gallowsgrey
House Trant.svg
So End Our Foes
Coat of arms A hanged man, black on blue
(Azure, a hanged man sable)
Seat Gallowsgrey
Head Unknown
Region 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 gave Ser Duncan the Tall a newly-painted shield. Pate mentioned having seen shields adorned with, among other things, hanged men.[4]

Duncan, having had his shield destroyed in a trial by combat at the Chequy Water against Ser Lucas Inchfield, 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 wedding 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, Meryn is sent to capture Arya Stark and fights Syrio Forel.[7]

A Clash of Kings

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] 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, Meryn is called as a witness for the prosecution. He recounts that Tyrion beat Joffrey after the riots in 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:

Behind the Scenes

House Trant may be a reference by George R. R. Martin to writer Nigel Tranter, whose works included historical novels about Scotland. Tranter's works have been recommended by Martin.[11][12]