House Fossoway of New Barrel

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House Fossoway of New Barrel
House Fossoway green.png
Coat of arms A green apple on gold
Words "A Taste of Glory"
Seat New Barrel
Lord Ser Jon Fossoway
Region The Reach
Title the Knight of New Barrel
Overlord House Tyrell
Founder Raymun Fossoway
Founded 208 AL

House Fossoway of New Barrel is a house of landed knights from the Reach, sworn to Highgarden.

They are commonly referred as the green-apple Fossoways, to differentiate them from the original branch of the house, the red apple Fossoways from Cider Hall.

The origin of this branch of House Fossoway traces back to year 208 AL, when Raymun Fossoway took different sides than his cousin Ser Steffon, the Knight of Cider Hall, in a trial by combat.

Raymun Fossoway, who was knighted minutes before the battle by Ser Lyonel Baratheon, fought for his friend Ser Duncan the Tall. To differentiate himself from his cousin fighting for the other side, he painted the apple on his shield in green, playing at Ser Steffon's oft-repeated jape that he was "still green". He stated that he preferred to be green than rotten.

It is unknown how the green house branch prospered after the Tourney at Ashford, but approximately a century afterwards its strength was comparable to the main branch.

The location of New Barrel is unknown, although it is possible that the lands of the green apples are adjacent to the lands of the red ones.

Their banner is a green apple over a golden field. Their motto does not appear on the books.

The Fossoways from Cider Hall at the end of the third century

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

With unspecified familiar relationship to the main branch of the house there is:

There is also Leonette Fossoway, married to Garlan Tyrell (second son of Lord Mace Tyrell), who could be either from the red or the green apple branches of the house.

References in the books

A Song of Ice and Fire

  • Ser Arnell, a knight of the Night's Warch, is the son of an unnamed green-apple Fossoway.
  • The banners of the green-apple Fossoways are spotted beneath the walls of Bitterbridge by Catelyn Tully.
  • During the feast with Renly's army at Bitterbridge, Catelyn is placed between Lord Mathis Rowan and Ser Jon Fossoway, who she considers genial.
  • 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 Fossoway of the red during his parley with Stannis.
  • During the siege of Storm's End, Ser Cortnay's lieutenant was Lord Elwood Meadows, a green boy of twenty cousin to the Fossoways who immediately surrendered after Penrose's death.
  • The banner of the green-apple Fossoways was spotted in Stannis Baratheon's van as it approached King's Landing.
  • During the Battle of the Blackwater, Lothor Brune cut his way through half a hundred Fossoway men-at-arms to capture Ser Jon from the green apple and slain Ser Bryan and Ser Edwyd of the red, earning the name Lothor Apple-Eater.
  • Ser Jon Fossoway was one of the highborn prisoners that were presented to Joffrey after the Blackwater and bent their knee.
  • Tyrion Lannister observes the Ser Jon and his wife at Joffrey's wedding. The woman was pregnant, and he would kiss her often and caress her stomach.
  • Janna Tyrell, married to Ser Jon, was one of the companions of Margaery Tyrell at her court in King's Landing, and often went hawking with her and Merry Crane.