John West, 2nd Earl De La Warr
John West, 2nd Earl De La Warr (9 May 1729 – 22 November 1777) was a British peer
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, politician and army officer.

Born The Honourable
The Honourable
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 John West, he was the son of John West, 6th Baron De La Warr
John West, 1st Earl De La Warr
Lieutenant-General John West, 1st Earl De La Warr KB, PC, FRS , styled The Honourable John West until 1723 and known as The Lord De La Warr between 1723 and 1761, was a British soldier, courtier and politician....

 and his first wife, the former Lady Charlotte McCarthy. In 1746, West entered the army as an ensign
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 in the 3rd Infantry Guards, rising to the ranks of colonel
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 in 1758, major-general in 1761 and lieutenant-general in 1770.

On 8 August 1756, West married Mary Wynyard (died 1784) and they had two sons, William Augustus (1757-1783) and John Richard (1758-1795), later third and fourth earls, respectively. In 1761, West's father was created Earl De La Warr
Earl De La Warr
Earl De La Warr is a title created in the Peerage of Great Britain in 1761.In the United States, Thomas West, 3rd 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...

 and Viscount Cantelupe, enabling West to use the latter as a courtesy title
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From 1761 to 1766, Cantelupe was Vice to Chamberlain to Queen Charlotte
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. Inheriting his father's titles in 1766, he was then the Queen's Master of the Horse from 1766 to 1768 and her Lord Chamberlain from 1768 to 1777.

Lord De La Warr died in Audley Square, London
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 on 22 November 1777 and was buried in St. Margaret's, Westminster
St. Margaret's, Westminster
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 on 30 November that year. His titles passed to his eldest son, William.


  • M. E. Clayton, West, John, first Earl De La Warr (1693–1766), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press
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    , 2004; online edn, May 2005 accessed 7 June 2008
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