SIR THOMAS WEST, knight, lived in the reign of EDWARD II, and was in high favour with that monarch and his successor.
He married Eleanor, daughter and heiress of Sir John de Cantilupe, of Hempston Cantilupe, Devon; by whom he obtained the manor of Snitterfield, in Warwickshire.
Sir Thomas was subsequently summoned to parliament as Baron West in 1342, and participated in the wars of EDWARD III.
This nobleman died in 1342, and was succeeded by his son,
THOMAS, 2nd Baron, who was not summoned to parliament, though served at Crécy in 1346. His son,
THOMAS, 3rd Baron, was summoned to parliament in 1402; and dying three years later, in 1405, was succeeded by his son,
THOMAS WEST, 4TH BARON, who took a distinguished part in the French wars of HENRY V.
Dying without issue, in 1415, he was succeeded by his brother,
REGINALD WEST, 5TH BARON who, in the reign of HENRY VI, on the death of Thomas, Lord la Warr, his uncle, had livery of the lands of his mother's inheritance, and was summoned to parliament as 6th Baron De La Warr, on the death of his uncle in 1426.
Dying in 1451, he was succeeded by his son,
RICHARD, 7th Baron, a staunch supporter of the house of LANCASTER in the war of the Roses.
Following his decease in 1497, he was succeeded by his son,
THOMAS, KG (c1457-1525), 8th Baron.
His lordship's lineal descendant,
WILLIAM WEST, having served in the English army, at the siege of St Quintin, in Picardy, was knighted at Hampton Court in 1568; and created, at the same time, Baron De La Warr (2nd creation).
He had also, by act of parliament, a full restitution in blood. His only son,
THOMAS, 2nd Baron, was succeeded by his son,
THOMAS, 3rd Baron (1577-1618). This nobleman was governor and captain-general of Virginia.
The State of Delaware takes its name from Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr.
In the United States, Thomas West, 3rd (or 12th) Baron, is often named in history books simply as Lord Delaware. He served as governor of the Jamestown Colony, and the Delaware Bay was named after him.
The state of Delaware, Delaware River and Delaware Indians were so called after the bay, and thus ultimately derive their names from the barony. Many other US counties, townships and the like derive their names directly or indirectly from this connection.His lordship died, in 1618, at Virginia and was succeed in the title by his son,
HENRY, 4th Baron; whose grandson,
JOHN, 6th Baron, one of the tellers of the exchequer, and afterwards treasurer of the excise, married and was succeeded by his only son,
JOHN, 7th Baron, KB, a general in the Army, and Governor of Guernsey.
His lordship marred twice, firstly to Lady Charlotte, daughter of the Earl of Clancarty.
This nobleman was created Viscount Cantelupe and EARL DE LA WARR, in 1761.
He died in 1766 and was succeeded by his eldest son,
JOHN, 2nd Earl, who was an officer of high rank in the army, and appointed in 1766 master of the horse to The Queen.
William Herbrand [Sackville], 11th Earl De La Warr, is seated at Buckhurst Park, Withyham, Sussex.
Town residence ~ 14 Bourne Street, London.
First published in June, 2012. Coat-of-arms courtesy of European Heraldry.