WEST, Thomas III (1577-1618), of Wherwell, 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

b. 9 July 1577, 2nd but 1st surv. s. of Thomas West II, and bro. of Robert educ. Queen’s Oxf. 1592; travelled abroad 1596-7. m. 25 Nov. 1602, Cecily, da. of Thomas Shirley I of Wiston, 9ch. prob. 3s. Kntd. 1599; suc. fa. as 3rd Baron Delaware 1602.

Offices Held

Gov. and capt. gen. Virginia 1610.


West’s family had been friendly with the Shirleys of Wiston for many years. Sir Thomas Shirley, his father-in-law, had been a sponsor at his baptism and it was with one of Shirley’s sons that West travelled to Italy after coming down from Oxford. Their expenses exceeded £1,600. West was back in England in time for the 1597 Parliament, a seat being found for him at Lymington, probably through the good offices of Sir Henry Wallop. There is nothing to suggest that he was other than a passive Member of the House. In 1599 he followed the Earl of Essex to Ireland, distinguishing himself in action near Arklow, and being knighted by Essex at Dublin. He adhered to Essex even during the revolt of 1601 and was imprisoned in the Wood Street counter. He was lucky to be granted the liberty of the prison before the end of February, and to be sent to his father’s house a month later on giving a bond of £2,000. On 28 Apr. and again in the following month he appeared before