Lord of Rosby

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Lord of Rosby[1] is a title held by the head of House Rosby, the ruler of the Rosby in the crownlands.[2] The current Lord of Rosby is unknown.

The crownlands and the location of Rosby
The crownlands and the location of Rosby
The crownlands and the location of Rosby


Lord Jon Rosby was named Warden of the Sands by King Aegon I Targaryen during the First Dornish War, but Jon was killed in the Defenestration of Sunspear.[3] When word of Jon's death reached the Hellholt, Lord Harlan Tyrell set off towards Sunspear to punish Lord Rosby's murderers. However, somewhere east of the Hellholt amidst the red sands, Tyrell and his entire army disappeared. No man of them was ever seen again.[4]

During the reign of King Maegor I Targaryen, Lord Rosby was one of the few lords to remain loyal to Maegor near the end of his reign.[5] He along Lord Jordan Towers were the last to see the king alive before Maegor's death on the Iron Throne.[5] After the king was found dead, Lord Rosby committed suicide by drinking a cup of hemlock. His young son received forgiveness from King Jaehaerys I Targaryen at Dragonstone.[6]

A Lord Rosby died from the Shivers in the winter of 59 AC.[7]

During the reign of King Viserys I Targaryen, Lord Rosby swore to defend the succession rights of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. In 129 AC, during the Dance of the Dragons in which Rhaenyra's brother Aegon II Targaryen challenged her rule by claiming Viserys's throne for himself, Lord Rosby was arrested by Aegon II's supporters. When given the choice between swearing his allegiance to Aegon II or dying, Lord Rosby pledged his support to Aegon II.[8] When Ser Criston Cole marched from King's Landing to attack Duskendale and ultimately Rook's Rest, he passed by Rosby and Stokeworth to command both lords to prove their loyalty by joining his attack.[8] When King's Landing fell to Queen Rhaenyra during 130 AC, Lord Rosby attempted to switch his allegiance again. Queen Rhaenyra refused him, however, and ordered his tongue removed, after which he was executed. Following Lord Rosby's death, Prince Daemon Targaryen suggested marrying Rosby's young daughter to Hugh Hammer, to grant Hammer the Rosby lands. Lord Corlys Velaryon, the Hand of the Queen, argued instead in favor of Rosby's younger son. According to Lord Corlys, disinheriting the younger son in favor of the older daughter would call into question the rights of multiple other lords, who had elder sisters whose claims might suddenly be seen as superior. Unwilling to lose the support of such lords, according to Grand Maester Munkun, Rhaenyra eventually named Rosby's son as the new Lord of Rosby.[9]

When Rhaenyra later fled the capital following the riots, she sought refuge at Rosby but the elder sister of the new Lord of Rosby, whose claim had been put aside, barred her the gates of the castle at her approach.[10]

Lord Gyles Rosby was among those offered as possible matches by Doran Martell, Prince of Dorne, to his daughter, Princess Arianne Martell.[11]

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A Clash of Kings

Gyles Rosby is a wealthy lord[12] frequently seen at the court of King's Landing, always coughing. He conspires with Queen Regent Cersei Lannister to take Prince Tommen Baratheon out of the city and keep him safe at Rosby disguised as a page. Ser Jacelyn Bywater lays a trap along the Rosby road, and Lord Gyles is captured, along with Tommen and his guard.[13]

A Storm of Swords

Lord Gyles is among the gathered nobility to welcome the Dornish party, headed by Prince Oberyn Martell, to King's Landing.[14]

Gyles testifies at Tyrion's trial for the death of King Joffrey I Baratheon at his wedding feast, stating that he had seen him filling Joffrey's wedding chalice.[15]

A Feast for Crows

Lord Gyles is named master of coin (under the title of lord treasurer) by Queen Regent Cersei.[12] Gyles attends the wedding of King Tommen I Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell.[16]

Lord Gyles dies at King's Landing from his cough. He has no immediate heir, and though Grand Maester Pycelle raises that his ward has a claim, Cersei dismisses the ward as having no blood relation.[17]

A Dance with Dragons

When the issue of succession at Rosby is raised at the small council, Grand Maester Pycelle states there are six claimants. However, Ser Kevan Lannister tables the issue.[18]

Known Lords of Rosby


  1. A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  2. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 17, Tyrion IV.
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: Dorne Against the Dragons.
  4. Fire & Blood, Reign of the Dragon - The Wars of King Aegon I.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Fire & Blood, Prince into King - The Ascension of Jaehaerys I.
  7. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
  10. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
  11. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 40, Princess In The Tower.
  12. 12.0 12.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 7, Cersei II.
  13. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 49, Tyrion XI.
  14. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
  15. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 66, Tyrion IX.
  16. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 12, Cersei III.
  17. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 39, Cersei IX.
  18. A Dance with Dragons, Epilogue.
  19. The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne Against the Dragons.
  20. Fire & Blood, A Surfeit of Rulers.
  21. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Policy, Progeny and Pain.
  22. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
  23. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 2, Sansa I.