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Sir Thomas Leighton West, 2nd Lord De La Warr

Also Known As: "Baron /De/ la /Warre/", "Thomas /West/ 2nd /Lord /De/la//ware/", "2nd Lord De la Warr", "2Nd Lord De La Warr West", "2nd Lord de la Warr"
Birthplace: Halnaker, Sussex, England (United Kingdom)
Death: March 24, 1601 (43)
Wherwell, Hampshire, England (United Kingdom)
Immediate Family:

Son of William West, 1st Baron De La Warr and Elizabeth Strange, Baroness de la Warr
Husband of Anne Knollys, Baroness De La Warr
Father of Elizabeth Pelham, “The elder”; Robert West, MP; Margaret Johnson; Thomas West, 3rd Baron de la Warre; Walsingham West and 13 others
Brother of Mary Blount; Elizabeth West; Capt. Sir William West of Jamestown and Jane West

Occupation: Knighted Dec 7, 1587, 2nd Lord Deleware, 2nd (or 11th) Baron de la Warr (1595-1602), second Baron de la Warr, XI Lord Delawarre, Sheriff of Hampshire, Elizabeth I's Privy Council and High Sheriff of Hampshire, 2nd Lord De La Warr, 2nd Baron de la Warr
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About Thomas West, 2nd Baron de la Warr

WEST, Thomas II (c.1550-1602), of Offington, Suss. and Wherwell, Hants.

He was a Member of Parliament before succeeding his father as Baron De la Warr:

Family and Education

b. c.1550, 1st s. of William West, 1st Baron Delaware by Elizabeth, da. of Thomas Strange of Chesterton, Glos. m. 1571, Anne, da. of Sir Francis Knollys of Rotherfield Greys, Oxon., 6s. inc. Robert and Thomas III 6da. Kntd. 1587; suc. fa. as and Baron Delaware 1595.

Offices Held

J.p. Hants from 1582, Suss. from 1596; chamberlain of the Exchequer from 1590, warden of the forests of Woolmer and Alice Holt 1595-d.1


The Wests had settled in Sussex during the middle ages, and had acquired by the beginning of the sixteenth century, principally through marriage, a considerable amount of property in the county, including two large houses at Offington and Halnaker. In 1540, with the acquisition of the estates formerly belonging to the monastery of Wherwell, the family interests spread into Hampshire. Offington and Wherwell were henceforth their principal residences and no doubt they resided for part of the year in each; West’s father, for example, one of the three lords lieutenants for Sussex in 1569 and 1570, died at Wherwell.

West was in the Low Countries with Leicester and was knighted by him at Flushing, and it was probably through the influence of West’s father-in-law Knollys with the 2nd Earl of Bedford that West was returned for East Looe in 1571, the assumption being that this was not his uncle and namesake. Which of the two Thomas Wests was the Chichester MP in 1571 is likewise doubtful. In 1586 it was his relation Sir George Carey, captain of the Isle of Wight, who secured the nephew’s return for Yarmouth; and yet another relation provided him with a seat in 1593. Thomas Tasburgh the third husband of West’s sister, Jane, was by a former marriage the stepfather of the owner of the borough of Aylesbury, Sir John Pakington†, and thus had some influence in the choice of Members. In 1593 West served on committees considering the subsidy (26 Feb., 3 Mar.), recusants (28 Feb.), naturalization bills (5, 6 Mar.), the poor law (12 Mar.) and law reform (4 Apr.).2

Richard Blount II, another of West’s brothers-in-law, was also a Member of the 1593 Parliament. He was involved in the preliminary stages of Peter Wentworth’s attempt to raise the succession question, but on West’s advice refused to meddle in it after a first meeting with Wentworth and others. Blount inclined towards puritanism, but West’s other brother-in-law, Thomas Tasburgh, with whom he was on close terms, was, with his wife Jane, West’s sister, accused of being a Catholic in 1594. While Jane (like her second husband) was a Catholic both before and after Tasburgh’s death, Tasburgh’s own protestantism is beyond doubt. When West (now Lord Delaware) and his son Thomas III set out with Essex in 1599 for Ireland, Tasburgh accompanied them. There is no evidence that West himself went as far as Ireland, nor was he involved in the Essex rising. As a peer he took part in the trials of both Essex and Southampton. West’s estates were not extensive enough to support the dignity of a peer, and he suffered financially from his heir’s extended travels and involvement in the Essex rebellion. He died intestate 25 Mar. 1620.3

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603 Author: A. M. Mimardière


  • 1. C142/245/64; Feet of Fines (Suss. Rec. Soc. xx), 369-70, 404: Vis. Hants (Harl. Soc. lxiv), 59; Gabriel thesis; SP12/145/53; Lansd. 35, f. 135 v; 52, f. 186; Hatfield ms 278; Mousley thesis, 794; PRO Index 6800 (July 1590); CSP Dom. 1581-90, p. 689; HMC Hatfield, xii. 84.
  • 2. Mousley, 790-4; CPR , 1555-7, pp. 538-9; D’Ewes, 474, 477, 481, 486, 489, 499, 517; HMC Hatfield , iv. 292, 295.
  • 3. HMC Hatfield , v. 61-2, 198; ix. 175; xii. 84; xvi. 379; CSP Dom. 1595-7, pp. 16, 326, 386; C142/273/85.


Occupations: Knighted Dec 7, 1587, XI Lord Delawarre, Elizabeth I's Privy Council, High Sheriff of Hampshire, 2nd Lord De La Warr, 2nd Baron de la Warr (1595-1602),_2nd_Baron_De_La_Warr

Thomas West, 2nd Baron Delaware was born circa 1556.

He was the son of William West, 1st Baron Delaware and Anne Swift.

He married Anne Knollys, daughter of Sir Francis Knollys and Katherine Carey, on 19 November 1571.

He died on 24 March 1601/2.

Thomas West, 2nd Baron Delaware held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Chichester in 1571. He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for East Looe between 1572 and 1583. He held the office of Sheriff of Hampshire from 1585 to 1586. He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Yarmouth from 1586 to 1587. He was invested as a Knight in 1587. He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Hampshire from 1588 to 1589. He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Aylesbury from 1592 to 1593. He succeeded to the title of 2nd Baron Delaware [E., 1570] on 30 December 1595. On 14 November 1597 he was granted the precedence of the barony of la Warrre, created 1299.

Thomas West, 2nd (or 11th) Baron De La Warr (c. 1556 – 1602) of Wherwell Abbey in the English county of Hampshire was a member of Elizabeth I's Privy Council and High Sheriff of Hampshire. Thomas was the only son of William West, 1st Baron De La Warr and Lady Elizabeth Strange. He succeeded his father, who had been created Baron De La Warr by letters patent.

In 1597 he petitioned the House of Lords to have the precedence of the original barony, 1299, on the basis that he actually held the ancient peerage. After his claim was admitted, he sometimes referred to himself as 11th baron.


On 19 November 1571 at Wherwell in Hampshire, he was married to Lady Anne Knollys, daughter of Sir Francis Knollys and Lady Catherine Carey, with whom he had six sons and eight daughters:

  • Walsingham West, died young.
  • Elizabeth West (b. 1573), married 1. Sir Hebert Pelham of Michelham; and 2. Richard
  • Robert West (b. 1574), married Elizabeth Coks. Predeceased his father.
  • Margarey West (b. 1576), married Samuel Johnson.
  • Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr (1577-1618), married Lady Cicely Shirley.
  • Lettice West (b. 1579), married Sir Henry Ludlow.
  • Anne West (b. 1581), married John Pellet (Esq.).
  • Penelope West (b. 1582), married Herbert Pelham (Esq.).
  • Catherine West (b. 1583), married Nickolas
  • Francis West, Governor of Virginia (b. 1586-1634), married 1. Lady Margaret Reeves; 2. Lady Jane Davye; and 3. Lady Temperance Flowerdew.
  • Helena West (b. 1587), married William Savage.
  • John West, Governor of Virginia (1590-1659), married a woman named Anne whose parentage is unknown.
  • Nathaniel West, (Lt. Col.) (1592-1623), married Frances Greville.


Family Group Record FamilySearch™ Ancestral File v4.19 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Husband's Name Thomas WEST (AFN:FQ80-24) Pedigree Born: 1555 Place: Halnaker, Sussex, England Christened: 1555/1556 Place: Died: 24 Mar 1602 Place: Wherwell, Hampshire, England Married: 19 Nov 1571 Place: Wherwell, Hampshire, England

Father: William WEST (AFN:FQ80-4G) Family Mother: Elizabeth STRANGE (AFN:G5R1-SG) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wife's Name Anne KNOLLYS KNOWLES (AFN:K82C-F3) Pedigree

Born: 1555 Place: Of, Stanford, Berkshire, England Christened: 1553 Place: Died: 1600/1620 Place: , Lansium, Hants, England Married: 19 Nov 1571 Place: Wherwell, Hampshire, England

Father: Francis KNOLLYS (KNOWLES) (AFN:GLVR-5F) Family Mother: Mary (Catherine) CAREY (CARY) (AFN:9FXX-29) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Children -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. F Eleanor Elizabeth WEST (AFN:LSF2-WJ) Pedigree Born: 1593 Place: Lansium, Hants, , Eng Christened: 1593 Place: Lansium, Hants, Eng -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2. M Robert WEST (AFN:LSF3-2C) Pedigree Born: 3 Jan 1575 Place: , Wherwell, Hampshire, England Christened: 3 Jan 1575 Place: , Wherwell, Hampshire, England Died: Bef 1601 Place: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3. M Francis WEST (AFN:3038-Q9) Pedigree Born: 28 Oct 1586 Place: Salisbury, Weltshire, England Christened: 28 Oct 1586 Place: Died: 1634 Place: Will Proven, 28 Apr 1634, Eastern Shores, Virginia -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4. F Anne WEST (AFN:LSF3-77) Pedigree Born: 21 May 1581 Place: Westover, Honts, , Eng Christened: 21 May 1581 Place: Westover, Hants, Eng -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5. M Thomas WEST (AFN:LSF3-4P) Pedigree Born: 9 Jul 1577 Place: , Wherwell, Hampshire, England Christened: 9 Jul 1577 Place: , Wherwell, Hampshire, England Died: 7 Jun 1618 Place: Hampshire, England Buried: Place: At Sea -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6. F Penelope WEST (AFN:LSF3-9K) Pedigree Born: 9 Sep 1582 Place: , Westover, Hamptonshire, England Christened: 9 Sep 1582 Place: , Westover, Hamptonshire, England Died: 1619 Place: Boston, Lincolnshire, England -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7. F Elizabeth WEST (AFN:LSF3-16) Pedigree Born: 11 Sep 1573 Place: , Wherwell, Hampshire, England Christened: 11 Sep 1573 Place: , Wherwell, Hampshire, England Died: 15 Jan 1632/1633 Place: Northampton Co., Virginia -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8. M Wakingham WEST (AFN:LSF2-L0) Pedigree Born: 13 Nov 1579 Place: Westover, Honts, , Eng Christened: 13 Nov 1579 Place: Westover, Hants, Eng Died: Place: Died Young -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9. F Letitia WEST (AFN:LSF2-RT) Pedigree Born: 24 Nov 1589 Place: Of, Clarington Parke, Wiltshire, England Christened: 24 Nov 1589 Place: Wherwell, Hants, Eng -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 10. M Nathaniel WEST (AFN:LSF2-S1) Pedigree Born: 30 Nov 1592 Place: Lansium, Hants, , Eng Christened: 30 Nov 1592 Place: Lansium, Hants, Eng Died: 1623 Place: West And, Shirley Hundred, , Va. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 11. M Capt. John WEST (AFN:FQ80-0R) Pedigree Born: 14 Dec 1590 Place: , Testwood, Wiltshire, England Christened: 14 Dec 1590 Place: Testwood, Hants, Eng Died: 1659 Place: West Point, Va., Now King Wm Co. Buried: Place: Scout Hall -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12. F Helena WEST (AFN:LSF2-QN) Pedigree Born: 15 Dec 1587 Place: Wherwell, Honts, , Eng Christened: 1588 Place: Wherwell, Hants, Eng -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 13. F Catherine WEST (AFN:LSF2-PH) Pedigree Born: 27 Dec 1583 Place: Winchester, Honts, , Eng Christened: 27 Dec 1583 Place: Winchester, Hants, Eng -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The West Family Register by Letta Brock Stone Washington, D.C. W.F. Roberts Co, Inc. 1928 Thomas West had his holdings at Hempston, Cantelupe. He fought at the Battle of Crecy. He served Edward III and Richard II

1609 Governor of Jamestown Colony, Delaware Bay and Delaware River and Indian tribe were all named after him. He owned large grants of land called Shirley and Westover, but these had passed out of possessions of his descendents long before the colonial mansions of these names now in existence, had been built. He died on his third voyage from England, off the coast of Delaware.

Notes: In 1597 he petitioned the House of Lords to have the precedence of the original barony, 1299, on the basis that he actually held the ancient peerage. After his claim was admitted, he sometimes referred to himself as the 11th baron. Father of Governor John West, Thomas West, 3rd Baron de la Warr, Francis West and Nathaniel West.

By the year 1600 the family fortunes had been drained. He was a poor justice of the peace. West carried the bier of Sir Phillip Sidney in his 1587 funeral, one of the largest in English history. He served in Ireland with Dale and Gates in 1599 and traveled with Essex from Ireland to England during the Essex rebellion.

1601 Essex was executed; Southampton, Thomas West and Thomas Smythe were all punished for their part in the Essex Rebellion.

Anne Knowles was daughter of Mary Boleyn, who was married to Henry Carey, then William Stafford.

Mary was born either at Blickling Hall, Norfolk, or at Hever Castle, Kent. She was the daughter of a wealthy diplomat, Sir Thomas Boleyn and his wife, Lady Elizabeth. There is no concrete evidence about when she was born, but it was clearly sometime between 1499 and 1508. Most historians now favor an earlier date of about 1499 There is firm documentary evidence to suggest that she was the eldest of the three Boleyn children. The evidence suggests that the surviving Boleyns believed Mary had been the eldest child; in 1697, her grandson - Lord Hunsdon - claimed the title of "Earl of Ormonde", on the grounds that he was the Boleyn's legitimate heir.

According to the strict rules of aristocratic inheritance, if Anne had been the elder sister, the title would have belonged to her daughter, Queen Elizabeth - since a title descended down the eldest female line in the absence of a surviving male line.

It was once believed that it was Mary who started her education abroad and spent time as a companion to Archduchess Margaret of Austria but it is now clear that it was her younger sister, Anne. Mary was kept in England for most of her childhood. It was not until 1514, when she was about fifteen, that she was sent abroad. Her father secured her a place as maid-of-honour to the king's sister, Princess Mary Tudor, who was moving to Paris to marry King Louis XII of France. After a few weeks in Paris, many of the Queen's English maids were ordered to leave but Mary Boleyn was permitted to remain, probably because of her father's connections as the new English ambassador. Even when Mary Tudor left France after her husband's death on January 1, 1515, Mary Boleyn stayed in court of the new king and queen, Francis I of France and Claude of France.

Mary was joined in Paris by her father, Sir Thomas, and her younger sister, Anne, who had been studying in the Netherlands for the last year. While serving in France, Mary allegedly became mistress to King Francis I, who called her "my English mare" and later on in his life described her as "a great whore, the most infamous of all". Mary supposedly later embarked on numerous scandalous affairs, which eventually would lead to her dismissal and her being sent back to England. Some historians have questioned if these stories of Mary's promiscuity have been exaggerated, but it is generally agreed they were at least partially true.

Mary's parents and sister were said to have been mortified by her actions and were greatly relieved when they would ship her back to England in 1519. She was given the job of lady-in-waiting to the English queen, Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's wife for the last ten years.

A year after her return to England, Mary was married to Sir William Carey on February 4, 1520, a wealthy and well-connected courtier, who had found favour with the king. Henry VIII was a guest at the couple's wedding, and it was probably after the marriage that he seduced the bride. Henry's affair with Mary was definitely brief, likely lasting from 1521 until 1523. It was never made public and Mary never enjoyed the kind of fame, wealth and power which belonged to mistresses in foreign countries - like France. Shortly after the affair ended, Mary gave birth to her first son - whom she named Henry.

Popular legend states that Mary bore Henry two illegitimate children and a more modern preconception is that their affair continued for much longer than it actually did. Most historians now feel that it is unlikely that Mary's children were the king's; both bore the surname Carey and Henry had previously acknowledged his illegitimate son by granting him the title Duke of Richmond and semi-royal surname, Fitzroy.

One witness did note that Mary's son bore a resemblance to Henry VIII, but the witness in question was John Hales, vicar of Isleworth, who some ten years after the child was born remarked that he had met a 'young Master Carey", who some monks believed was the king's bastard. There is no other contemporary evidence that Henry Carey was the king's biological son and indeed almost conclusive evidence has arisen that e could not have been. A close reading of the Letters and Papers (a collections of surviving documents from the period) clearly pinpoint Henry's birth in March 1526, two years later than traditionally believed and at least two yeas after the affair between Henry and Mary ended. It is almost impossible to believe that Mary's second child, Catherine, was the king's - since she was born in 1528 or 1529, almost five years after the affair had ended.

Mary's sister, Anne, returned to England in 1522, achieving considerable popularity at court. The sisters were not particularly close and Anne moved in different social circles. Between a year and three years after ending his affair with Mary, Henry fell in love wit her sister.

Although Mary was alleged to have been more attractive than her sister, it was Anne who seemed to have been more assertive and intelligent. She refused to become the king's mistress, for reasons of virtue and ambition. By the middle of 1527, Henry was determined to marry her. Anne accepted his proposal and thus became "the other woman" in the king's divorce from Catherine of Aragon.

A year later, when Mary's husband died during an outbreak of the sweats, Henry VIII granted Anne Boleyn the wardship of her nephew, young Henry Carey. It was a custom amongst the English aristocracy to place one's children in the care of wealthier relatives and one which was much needed in Mary's case, since her husband's death had landed her with considerable debts which only her sister could ease. Anne arranged for Mary's son to be educated at a respectable Cisterician monastery. At the time of Williams's death, Mary was pregnant with his daughter, who was born in 1529 and named Catherine. Mary's father showed no intention of helping her in the financial plight resulting from her husband's death. It was only Anne's intercession on the part of her sister that secured Mary an annual pension of L100.

When Anne went to Calais with Henry VIII on a state visit in 1532, Mary was one of her companions. Anne was crowned Queen on June 1, 1533 and gave birth to her first daughter (who would later become Queen Elizabeth I that autumn). In 1534, Mary secretly married William Stafford, a commoner with no rank and small income. Due to this fact, historians largely suspect this to be a true love match there is no reason she would marry so far beneath her social class. When this was discovered, her family disowned her for marrying beneath her station, and the couple was banished from the Court by Queen Anne.

Her financial circumstances became so desperate that Mary was reduced to begging the king's advisor Thomas Cromwell to speak to Henry on her behalf. Henry, however, was indifferent to her plight. So, Mary asked Cromwell to speak to her father, her uncle, and her brother, but to no avail. Surprisingly, it was Anne who relented first. She sent Mary a magnificent golden cup and some money, bt she still refused to receive her back at court. This partial reconciliation was the closest the two sisters ever came again, since the did not meet between 1534 and Anne's death in 1536.

Mary's life I between 1534 and her sister's execution on May 19, 1536 is difficult to trace. She did not visit her mother, nor did she visit her sister Anne when the latter was imprisoned in the Tower of London. She also made no attempts to visit her brother George, also condemned to death on charges of treason. There is also no evidence that she wrote to them. Like her uncle, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, she may have thought it wise to avoid association with her now disgraced relatives. Mary's defenders have pointed out that she was powerless to help them and may have considered that her chief duty was to safeguard her children (she borne another daughter since her second marriage, who was named in honour of her Aunt Anne).

Mary and her husband remained outcasts living in retirement at Rochford in Essex. After Anne's execution, their mother retired from the royal court, dying in seclusion just over a year after the executions. Sir Thomas died the following year. After her parents' death, Mary inherited some of the Boleyn properties in Essex. She seems to have lived out the rest of her days in anonymity and relative comfort with her husband, who predeceased her. She died in her early forties, a relatively young age, even by standards of the time, on July 19, 1543.

Her marriage to William Carey (d. 22 June 1529) resulted in the birth of two children: Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon (March 4, 1525/1526 - July 23, 1596). He was ennobled by Queen Elizabeth I just after her coronation. Knight of Carter. Elizabeth offered Henry the Boleyn family title of Earl of Ormonde, which he had long sought, when he was dying, but he refused the honour.

Catherine Carey (c. 1529 -1568). Maid of Honour to Anne of Cleves and Catherine Howard. She was married to a Puritan, Sir Francis Knollys, Knight of the Garter at a young age. She was lady-in-waiting to her cousin, Elizabeth I. One of her daughters, Lettice Knollys, became second wife of Robert Dudley, 1st earl of Leicester, the favourite of Elizabeth I.

Her marriage to Sir William Stafford (d. 5 May 1556) resulted in the birth of a son, who was considered to have been born in 1535 and to have died in 1545. There was also a daughter, named Anne. This, however, is still open to speculation.

Mary Boleyn had an affair with Henry II, King of France. He was killed while jostling.

Mary was a fair, blue eyed blonde. She had an easy going personality, light hearted yet spirited, sweet, fresh and winning, not at all calculating or catty. The French king called her his "English mare".

Mary Boleyn is a distant ancestor of many notables including Winston Churchill and Diana, Princess of Wales.

Thomas West was the eldest son of William West, 1st Baron De La Warr, by his first wife, Elizabeth Strange, the daughter of Thomas Strange of Chesterton, Gloucestershire.[1] He succeeded his father, who had been created Baron De La Warr and died in 1595, by letters patent in 1597.

He was a Member (MP) of the Parliament of England for Yarmouth, Isle of Wight in 1586 and for Aylesbury in 1593. He was knighted in 1587.[2]

From 1590 to his death he was one of the two Chamberlains of the Exchequer. In 1597 he petitioned the House of Lords to have the precedence of the original barony, 1299, on the basis that he actually held the ancient peerage. After his claim was admitted, he sometimes referred to himself as 11th Baron.

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Thomas West, 2nd Baron de la Warr's Timeline

July 9, 1557
Halnaker, Sussex, England (United Kingdom)
Wherewell, Hampshire, England (United Kingdom)
September 11, 1573
Wherwell, Hampshire, England
January 3, 1575
Wherwell, Hampshire, England
England, United Kingdom
July 9, 1577
Wherwell, Hampshire, England
November 13, 1579
Wherwell, Hampshire, England (United Kingdom)
May 21, 1581
Wherwell, Hampshire, England (United Kingdom)