When anwering a recent question about real-life parallels to the Night's Watch, one question sprang to my mind: Is there any non-Westerosi in the Night's Watch? Are all soldiers from the Seven Kingdoms, or are there any soldiers from Essos (or other non-Westerosi areas)?

  • There are the Free Folk now.
    – Möoz
    Commented Jan 30, 2018 at 23:26

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There are at least two that are shown in the series itself.

Ollo Lophand

It appears as though Ollo is from Tyrosh and even mentions about trying to get back there after joining the Night's Watch.

Ollo Lophand now, he was talking about sailing back to Tyrosh, where he claimed men didn't lose their hands for a bit of honest thievery, nor get sent off to freeze their life away for being found in bed with some knight's wife. Chett had weighed going with him, but he didn't speak their wet girly tongue.
A Storm of Swords, Prologue

Jaqen H’ghar

Jaqen is from the Free City of Lorath, at least that face was, so there is precedent for Essosi joining the Night’s Watch even if Jaqen never made it.

"A man must be ashamed of the company he keeps, Arry," the handsome one said. "This man has the honor to be Jaqen H'ghar, once of the Free City of Lorath. Would that he were home. This man's ill-bred companions in captivity are named Rorge"
A Clash of Kings, Arya II

  • I am not sure Jaqen would count, he was intercepted before he got to the Wall and never took the oath.
    – Daishozen
    Commented Jan 30, 2018 at 23:40
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    @Daishozen Hence my comment on the same line to that but if he could join the Night’s Watch that means it’s possible for Essosi to join. I’m on mobile at the moment but I’ll edit to be clearer when I get the chance.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Commented Jan 30, 2018 at 23:43
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    Yes, but who/what is Jaqen? You never know, he might actually be Benjen. That would make him Westerosi :p
    – Möoz
    Commented Jan 30, 2018 at 23:45

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