Roger Tempest, I

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Roger Tempest, I

Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Bracewell Craven, Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in West Riding, Yorkshire, , England
Immediate Family:

Son of Archil Tempest and Wife of Archil Tempest
Husband of Wife of Roger Tempest
Father of Richard Tempest, II; Allen Tempest and William Tempest
Brother of Richard Tempest

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About Roger Tempest, I

Roger Tempest was born abt. 1118 in Bracewell, Yorkshire, England. He was progenitor of the oldest and most distinguished of the Craven families now surviving. He was lord of the manor of Bracewell, and founder of the Bolton Priory. In 1135 he held three carucates and two oxgangs of land of the Skipton fees. He had a brother Richard who attests several charters along with him. His wife's name is unknown. He died in 1181.


"The Parish of Bracewell, with the adjoining hamlet of Stoke, was a part of the great fee of Roger of Poitou, who came with William I, in 1066, remaining in his hand at the time of the Domesday Survey. The two great Saxon lords, Ulchil and Archil, had had to give us these lordships to this powerful Norman invader; and it was probably not long after the date of the Domesday Survey that these manors were granted to Roger de Tempest.

from the book "Kin of Mellcene Thurman Smith".

That this man was a Norman, the name will not permit us to doubt; that he was a dependent of Roger of Poitou is extremely probable; that he was, at all events, possessed of these manors in the reign of Henry I is absolutely certain. The name Tempest, whatever its origin, seems to have been venerated by the family; as in the two next centuries, when local appellations became almost universal, they never chose to part with it. It is also alluded to in their armorial bearing."

Arms: Argent a bend between 6 storm-finches or martlets sable.

Crest: A griffin's head erased per pale argent and sable, beaked gules.

Motto: Loyfe as thou fyndes.

From Stirnet's "Tempest01" page ( "This family provides an interesting example of how contradictory some sources can be. Burke's Commoners and the Visitations sometimes contradict each other but sometimes we ignore both and follow the article in BLG1952 which appears to be a major effort to correct previous information."



   pg. 520, "A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland and Scotland" by John Burke and John Bernard Burke, 2nd edition, published in 1841
   vol. 1, pg. 474, "A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland" by John Burke, published 1843
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Roger Tempest, I's Timeline

Bracewell Craven, Yorkshire, England
Age 27
Bracewell Craven, Yorkshire, England
Age 32
Of, Bracewell Craven, Yorkshire, England
Age 34
Of, Bracewell Craven, Yorkshire, England
Age 63
West Riding, Yorkshire, , England