WEST, Thomas I (d.1622), of Testwood in Eling, Hants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

2nd s. of Sir George West of Warbleton, Suss. by Elizabeth, 1st da. and coh. of Sir Robert Morton of Lechlade, Glos. m. a da. and coh. of one Hotofts of Hants, 1da. Kntd. 1591.

Offices Held

J.p. Hants from c.1573, sheriff 1585-6, collector of the loan 1598, dep. lt. 1599; freeman, Southampton 1585.


West—the younger brother of the 1st Baron Delaware—was granted in 1572 some fugitives’ estates in Sussex, where he already held land. His main estate lay in Hampshire, where he was a leading figure. He was active against recusants, being among those appointed to arrest certain Hampshire Catholics in 1580, when the Privy Council urged the commissioners

to use their best endeavours from time to time to bolt out all such matters as they shall think may by any good means be gotten at their hands, and thereof to advise their lordships forthwith.