Royal grant of West Indian governorship, 1971
Scope and Contents
A coloured photograph of an illuminated document dated 13 September 1625, 12'' x 8'', granting Sir Thomas Warner the governorship of St Christopher (St Kitts), 'Mevis' (Nevis), Barbados and Montserrat. There is an accompanying photocopy of a typed description of the grant and of the translation given in A. Warner, 'Sir Thomas Warner' (1933), pp. 28-33.
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Biographical / Historical
Sir Thomas Warner (d. 1649) was born in Suffolk. He entered the army at an early age, and became a captain in James I's guards. He travelled to Surinam in 1620, and founded a colony at St Kitts in 1624. He was made Governor of St Kitts, Nevis, Barbardos and Montserrat in 1625. Between 1627 and 1635 Warner confronted the challenge of French settlers and the Spanish. He colonised Nevis in 1628, and Antigua and Montserrat in 1632, but failed in his attempt to colonise St Lucia, 1639-1641. In 1643 he was made Parliamentary Governor of the Caribee Islands. He died on 10 March 1649 at St Kitts.
1 folder(s) (1 folder) : paper/photograph
Language of Materials
Former / Other Reference
Other Finding Aids
Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), p. 144.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Presented by Bryan W. King, 1971.
This collection level description was created by RAS using information from Donald Simpson's R.C.S. catalogue. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Sir Thomas Warner in Sidney Lee, ed., 'Dictionary of national biography', vol. X (London, 1909), pp. 859-862.
Warner, Sir, Thomas, d 1649, Knight, West Indian colonist
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