Last Name West
First Name Thomas
Other Last Name Daniel
Other First Name
Birth Date c. 1716
Death Date 1779
Gender m
Biographical Notes
Biographical Annotation Thomas West was born Thomas Daniel in Scotland. His exact date of birth and reason for changing his name, are unknown. While some scholars place his birth year in 1720, the third edition of his Guide says he passed away at 63, which would make his birth year 1716. He lived in Edinburgh, and may have traveled during his early years while working in trade. He studied under the Jesuits, and became a priest in 1769, going by the name Father Thomas Watson. He became chaplain at Titeup Hall near Dalton in Furness, where he wrote The Antiquities of Furness; he was later in Ulverston, where he wrote The Guide to the Lakes, following his hobby of taking “genteel” tourists on tours of the Lakes. West was a correspondent of fellow Lake District writer Thomas Pennant. He died in Sizergh, Westmorland on 10 July 1779. (info from ODNB)
Nationality Scottish
Person URI
Resident In the Lake District Yes
Resident In London No
Resident Outside UK No
Travel Outside UK No
Deathplace Westmorland