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 n