WEST, Robert (c.1574-94), of the Inner Temple, London.
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Family and Education
b. c.1574, 1st s. of Thomas West II by Anne, da. of Sir Francis Knollys; bro. of Thomas III. educ. Queen’s, Oxf. 1588, BA 1591; I. Temple 1592. m. prob. by 1592, Elizabeth, da. of Henry Cocke of Broxbourne, Herts.1
West’s father had presumably enough influence in Hampshire to prevail upon the dean and chapter of Winchester, owners of the parliamentary patronage at Whitchurch, to have him returned there, but it is also possible that the Earl of Essex may have intervened. Both West’s father and his younger brother Thomas were close to Essex, and it is inconceivable that Robert would not have come under his influence. However it came about, West was an MP while still