Thomas was a Justice of the Peace for Hampshire from 1582 and for Sussex from 1596.
He was Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire in 1585 and Sheriff of Hampshire in 1585/6. He also held the post of Keeper of the Forests of Alice Holt and Wormer". From 1590 he was a Chamberlain of the Exchequer.
In 1595/6 (38 Elizabeth) Thomas was appointed one of the commissioners for putting in execution an act passed in the first year of her reign, "An acte restoring to the crowne of the ancient jurisdiction over the state, ecclesiasticall and spirituall, and abolishing all foreigne power repugnant to the same."
Elevation to the Peerage
Thomas became 2nd Lord de la Warr in 1595 on the death of his father. This was the second creation of the title, which had previously fallen into abeyance in 1554 on the death of Thomas West, 9th Baron de la Warr of the original creation. In 1597 Thomas successfully petitioned the House of Lords to have the "precedency" of the original creation of the title, and thereafter on occasions styled himself the 11th Baron de la Warr.
Last Years and Death
In 1599 Thomas set off with the Earl of Essex for Ireland, but there is no evidence that he actually reached Ireland. Two years later, in 1601, his rank as peer meant he took part in the trials of the Earls of Essex and Southampton. His son Thomas had been involved in Essex's rebellion, and had to give a bond of £2000 and pay a fine of £1000. This made a sizeable dent in Thomas's resources. During the trial the Earl of Essex asked Thomas's forgiveness for bringing his son into danger.
Thomas died on 24 March 1601/2 (1602 in modern reckoning). He left no will.
Anne, his widow, was resident in the parish of St. Katherine Coleman, London in 1608. Her will, dated 2 July 1633, was proved on 17 August 1633.
About 1556 (location not stated). A birth date of 9 July 1557, in Halnaker, Sussex, England, was previously given, but with an unreliable source. The date was almost certainly a confusion with the birth date of his son Thomas, who was born on 9 July 1577.
Sir Thomas is often given the middle name Leighton on the internet. This has evidently spread from an original confusion with Sir Thomas Leighton, who married Elizabeth Knollys, the sister of the Anne Knollys who married Sir Thomas West.
The History of Parliament Online states that there is a little uncertainty as to whether it was this Thomas West who represented Chichester and East Looe in Parliament. It is just possible it was his uncle Thomas West (d. 1622). It may also have been his uncle who represented Hampshire in Parliament in 1588-9, and the History of Parliament Online regards this as a bit more likely, as the Hampshire Member of Parliament was called Esquire, not Sir.
↑ Frederic William Weaver (ed.). The Visitations of the County of Somerset in the years 1531 and 1573, with additional Pedigrees, chiefly from the Visitation of 1591, printed by W Pollard, Exeter, 1885, p. 88, Internet Archive.
↑ Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (The Generations Network, Inc., Provo, UT, USA, 2004).
↑Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, entry for 'West, Thomas, third Baron De La Warr', print and online 2004, revised online 2008, available online via some libraries.
Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. Salt Lake City: the author, 2013. See also WikiTree's source page for ‘’Royal Ancestry’’.
Richardson, Douglas. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. 2nd edition. Salt Lake City: the author, 2011. See also WikiTree's source page for ‘’Magna Carta Ancestry.’’
Cokayne, George Edward and Vicary Gibbs ed. Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Vol. IV: Dacre - Dysart, 2nd edition. (London, 1916).
Brown, Alexander. Sir Thomas West, Third Lord De La Warr, in Magazine of American History, Vol. 9 no. 1 (Jan 1883), pp. 18-30, Internet Archive. A revised list of children was given by Brown in a later issue: Vol. 9 no. 6 (Jun 1883), pp. 462-464, Internet Archive. This is said to be a verbatim transcription of a family document, the "Bennet Roll", and now shows two daughters called Anne, but only one called Elizabeth. This same list was given by Brown, with his own footnotes added, in The Genesis of the United States, Houghton, Mifflin and Co, Vol. II, 1897, p. 1045, Internet Archive.