Who was Thomas West, Lord De La Warr?

 The guy who really threw the book at the Jamestown settlers… and the Indians.


Go to the above brief link (http://www.everything2.net/e2node/Sir%2520Thomas%2520West) to find out more. In particular, you need to understand the term “Irish tactics” and what that means.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by BACfrom4th on August 17, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Lord de la Warr was the British general who arrived at the last minute to salvage what was left of the Jamestwon settlement. However, he is more famous for his stringent military personality, and with a declaration of war from the Virginia company, engaging Chief Powhatan in the Anglo-Powhatan wars. The tactics he employed, he had learned while he was waging war against the Irish. The tactics included raiding villages, the burning of crops, and the stealing of provisions. The first Anglo-Powhatan war was ended with the marriage of John Rolfe to Pocahontas. And with the ending of the Second Anglo-Pohatan war, the Pohatan people were considered extinct.

  2. Posted by BishopKilla on September 7, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Exactly That.

  3. Posted by CHB on November 27, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I am a WICKWIRE descendant. what I am reading states what you just saidabove about Lord de la Ware.

    What I am trying to figure out- is how WICKWIRE came from the name de la War/Warre.

    It says: and I quote; “In Burke’s “Commoners”, WICKWIRE Volume IV, the statement is made:”the family of WARE claims descent from Roger de la Ware, Lord of Isefield, and a baron of parliament in the reign of Edward I.”

    During the century that followed the grant of the Manor of WICK to John de la Warre in 1207, the Alanor gradually accquired the name WYCK-WARRE. In 1290 it became WICKWAR. The advowson of the church belonged to the WARRE family, passing from them aftrer the death of thomas, LOrd de la WARRE, Gov. of VA.,

    So, to me, this would mean that my WICKWIRES are descendants of the de la Wares.
    Wpuld that be a correct assumption?

  4. Posted by Scoop2go on November 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I am by far no expert, but yourreasoning seems right. The de la Warr barony transferred to the West family after the last de la Warr died and had taken orders before he had been elevated to the title by his elder brother’s death. His nephew, a West ( his mother was a de la Warr) then acceded to the title. Later, the title was changed to Earl and the Sackville family inherited; they currently hold the title of Earl de la Warr. That’s what I know.

  5. Posted by wilma stearn benjamin on April 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    thomas West Lord de la Warr is related to me by uncleship. my 6th great grand mother was sara west of delaware. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM. shouldn’t I have a title in England. LOL. I’m not rich
    enough. Well, anyway, its nice to know where you came from.

  6. Posted by David West on June 4, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    A title is not the same thing as a surname. Thomas West, Lord de la Warr had the surname West, not Warr. He descended from a long line of Wests that can be traced back to Normans who invaded Britain with William the Conqueror. The family name continues, but the title now belongs to a man by the name of Sackville.

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