Marcher lords is the name given to the lords of the Stormlands around the Dornish Marches. Historically they have defended the Stormlands against Dorne and the Reach. The leader of the Marcher lords was House Caron, the head of which held the title of Lord of the Marches. Other Marcher lords include House Swann and House Dondarrion. After Ser Philip Foote slew Lord Bryce Caron during the Battle of the Blackwater, the lordship of the marches has passed to House Foote of Nightsong.