Name: Thomas West
Suffix: 3rd/12th Baron de la Warr
Sex: M 1
Birth: 9 JUL 1577 in Wherwell, Hants
Death: 7 JUN 1618 in Atlantic sea, Nova Scotia
Occupation: Colonial Governor after whom Delaware state is named.
Education: Queen?s College, Oxford
Cause: Died at sea while sailing from England to America.
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Change Date: 24 MAR 2011
British soldier and colonial governor in America, was born on the 9th of July 1577, probably at Wherwell, Hampshire, where he was baptised.
He was educated at Queen?s College, Oxford, where he did not complete his course, but subsequently (1605) received the degree of M.A.
In 1607 he was elected member of parliament for Lymington, and subsequently fought in Holland and in Ireland under the earl of Essex, being knighted for bravery in battle in 1599. He was imprisoned for complicity in Essex?s revolt (1600?I601), but was soon released and exonerated. In 1602 he succeeded to his father?s title and estates and became a privy councillor. Becoming interested in schemes for the colonization of America, he was chosen a member of the council of the Virginia Company in 1609, and in the same year was appointed governor and captain-general of Virginia for life.
Sailing in March 1610 with three ships, 150 settlers and supplies, he himself bearing the greater part of the expense of the expedition, he arrived at Jamestoown on the 10th of June, in time to intercept the colonists who had embarked for England and were abandoning the enterprise. Lord De La Warr?s rule was strict but just; he constructed two forts near the mouth of the James river, rebuilt Jamestown, and in general brought order out of chaos. In March 1611 he returned to London, where he published at the request of the company?s council, his Relation of ?the condition of affairs in Virgini? (reprinted 1859 and 1868). He remained in England until 1618, when the news of the tyrannical rule of the deputy, Samuel Argall, led him to start again for Virginia. He embarked in April, but died en route on the 7th of June 1618, and was buried at sea. The Delaware river and the state of Delaware were named in his honour.
Portrait by Wybrand De Geest? He [also] painted one of Henry, 4th Lord de la Warr.
Father: Thomas West b: 1555
Mother: Anne Knollys b: 1555 in Stanford, Berks
Cecily Shirley b: 1587
25 NOV 1602
in St Dunstan?s In The West, London 2
- Cecilia West b: ABT 1602 in Wherwell, Hants
- Lucy West
- Type: Web Site
Author: Greg Martin
- Type: Book
Periodical: Plantagenet Ancestry
Author: Douglas Richardson
Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.