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House Fossoway of Cider Hall

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House Fossoway of Cider Hall
Fossoway red.png
Coat of arms Or, an apple gules
Words Taste of Glory
Seat Cider Hall
Region The Reach
Title Lord of Cider Hall
Overlord House Tyrell
Cadet Branch House Fossoway of New Barrel
Founder Foss the Archer

House Fossoway of Cider Hall is a noble house from the Reach, one of the principal bannermen sworn to House Tyrell of Highgarden.[1] Cider Hall is located at the fork of the Mander and the Cockleswent.

They are commonly referred as the red-apple Fossoways, to differentiate them from the other branch of the house, the green apple Fossoways from New Barrel, that split from the red apples in 209 AC.

Their banner is a red apple over a golden field.[2][3] Their motto does not appear in the books, but according to semi-canon sources it is "A Taste of Glory".[4]


During the Dance of the Dragons, House Fossoway supported the greens. Owen Fossoway, Lord of Cider Hall, was a member of the Caltrops, a group of conspirators that wanted the dragonseeds Ulf the White and Hard Hugh Hammer dead. Owen was killed at the Second Battle of Tumbleton.[5]

The red apple of the Fossoways was spotted by Ser Duncan the Tall among the heraldry on display at Ashford in 209 AC. Ser Steffon Fossoway and his cousin Raymun both attended the tourney at Ashford Meadow, with Steffon intending to enter the lists. Raymun served as his squire until the trial of seven. After promising Duncan to take his side, Steffon revealed his intention to join Prince Maekar Targaryen and the accusers. Steffon justified himself to his cousin Raymun by alleging he would be "Lord Fossoway" at the end of the day.[6] Raymun instead supported Dunk. To mark himself on the field, Ser Raymun, newly knighted by Ser Lyonel Baratheon, repainted the apple on his shield green, founding House Fossoway of New Barrel.

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

The banners of the red-apple Fossoways are spotted beneath the walls of Bitterbridge. During the feast with Renly Baratheon's army which Catelyn Tully attends at Bitterbridge, Ser Tanton Fossoway climbs on the table and swears to slay Sandor Clegane in single combat.

Both branches of House Fossoway turn to Stannis Baratheon after Renly's death. Ser Cortnay Penrose acknowledges Ser Jon of the green-apple Fossoways and Ser Bryan of the red during his parley with Stannis. During Stannis's Siege of Storm's End, Cortnay's lieutenant is Lord Elwood Meadows, a green boy of twenty cousin to the Fossoways, who immediately surrenders the castle after Corftnay's death.

The red apple of the Cider Hall Fossoways is spotted in the van of Stannis's army as it approaches King's Landing. During the Battle of the Blackwater, Lothor Brune cuts his way through half a hundred Fossoway men-at-arms to capture Ser Jon from the green apple branch and slay Ser Bryan and Ser Edwyd of the red apple branch, earning the name Lothor Apple-Eater.

A Feast for Crows

Brienne of Tarth spots the red apple badge of House Fossoway among those that have been collected from the dead after the Battle of Duskendale.[7]

House Fossoway of Cider Hall at the end of the third century

The known Fossoways from the red apple branch during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

The familiar relations among them is unknown.

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

Historical Members


  1. A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Hedge Knight.
  3. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Reach
  4. The Citadel. House Mottoes
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Princess and the Queen.
  6. This suggests the accusers had promised Steffon lordship for betraying Dunk. No mention of the fulfillment of this supposed promise is made afterwards.
  7. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 9, Brienne II.
  8. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys II.