House Crane

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House Crane of Red Lake
House Crane.svg
Coat of arms A vee of golden cranes on pale blue
(Bleu celeste, cranes in chevron or)
Seat Red Lake
Head Unknown
Region Reach
Overlord House Tyrell
Founder Rose of Red Lake[1]

House Crane of Red Lake is a noble house from Red Lake in the Reach. It is one of the principal houses sworn to House Tyrell.[2]

They blazon their shield with a vee of golden cranes on pale blue.[3][4][5]


According to legend the house was founded by Rose of Red Lake, a daughter of Garth Greenhand. It is rumored that some female members of House Crane are able to skinchange into cranes.[1] The Crane castle of Red Lake is located at a lake of the same name.[6]

Red Lake and the Cranes joined the Kingdom of the Reach through pacts of friendship and mutual defense with King Garth III Gardener.[7] Lancel IV Lannister, King of the Rock, and Ser Wilbert Osgrey, Marshall of the Northmarch, slew each other at Red Lake when Lancel invaded the Reach.[8][9]

Ellard Crane was a young squire in the court of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen. He was a brief companion of Princess Daella Targaryen, but Ellard fell out with the princess when he tried to kiss her.[10]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

The banners of House Crane are seen beneath the walls of Bitterbridge in Renly Baratheon's encampment.[5] Ser Parmen Crane, known as Parmen the Purple, is a member of Renly's Rainbow Guard.[11] After Renly's death at Storm's End, Parmen joins Stannis Baratheon's cause. His new king sends him to Bitterbridge with Ser Erren Florent to retrieve Renly's foot soldiers.[12]

A Storm of Swords

Ser Parmen is imprisoned at Highgarden after being captured by the Tyrells at Bitterbridge.[13]

Meredyth Crane tells amusing stories to Sansa Stark in King's Landing.[14] After Sansa marries Tyrion Lannister, Merry dances with Jalabhar Xho.[15]

A Feast for Crows

Merry hawks[16] and picks flowers in the kingswood as part of Queen Margaery Tyrell's retinue.[15]

House Crane at the end of the third century

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

With unspecified familiar relationship to the main branch there are also:

Historical members


  1. 1.0 1.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach.
  2. A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  3. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Reach
  4. Only the cranes are mentioned in A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22.
  5. 5.0 5.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn II.
  6. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Red Lake.
  7. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: The Gardener Kings.
  8. The Sworn Sword.
  9. The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  11. A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
  12. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 42, Davos II.
  13. A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
  14. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 16, Sansa II.
  15. 15.0 15.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 28, Sansa III.
  16. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 25, Davos III.
  17. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: Garth Greenhand.