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  • Sir Richard Tempest, of Bracewell.MP (c.1480 - 1537)
    Family and Education b. c.1480, 1st s. of Nicholas Tempest of Bracewell by Cecily or Margaret, da. of Sir John Pilkington of Pilkington, Lancs. and Sowerby, Yorks. m. settlement 13 July 1497, Rosamund ...
  • Sir Richard Tempest, of Bracewell, Waddington, and Bealreaper (c.1410 - 1488)
    Richard Tempest Birth: of Roxburgh, England Parents: John Tempest, Alice Sherburne (((*** this is incorrect.,..John would have been 13, and Alice was born in 1416***)))) Siblings: Agnes CALVERL...
  • Sir Piers Tempest (c.1378 - c.1417)
    18. (Sir) Piers TEMPEST Knight 489 (Richard M.P., Knight ((Sir)) 10, Richard 9, John Knight ((Sir)) 8, John ((Sir)) 7, Richard 6, Roger Lord of Waddington, Knight ((Sir)) 5, Richard Lord of Bracewell, ...
  • Nicholas Tempest, of Bracewell (1440 - 1483)
    ConstituencyDates APPLEBY 1529 Family and Education b. c.1480, 1st s. of Nicholas Tempest of Bracewell by Cecily or Margaret, da. of Sir John Pilkington of Pilkington, Lancs. and Sowerby, Yorks. m. set...


'BULLETIN: Tempest DNA Results have been received for the UK>Utah branch as well as for the Tong and Halifax, UK branches! More sample are needed. Please contact Adam Brown to participate, at no cost! Results are entirely anonymous.

You have reached the Project page for the Tempest Family Tree Collaboration, a volunteer, non-profit project to build a single shared family tree and supplementary genealogical resource for the Tempest family, from its earliest origins to modern times.

The tree is largely drawn from the genealogical work of Eleanor Blanche Tempest (1853-1928), who married into the family, plowed through its archives and compiled a fascinating 600+ page volume that has been digitized by genealogist John Schuerman and can be found here: Eleanor Blanche Tempest's "Tempest Pedigrees".

In addition, Schuerman and fellow genealogist Douglas Hicklings published during 2006 a four part tome identifying the contradictions in Eleanor Tempest's work with respect to the women on the tree in the early period, that can be found here: "Tempest Wives and Daughters in the late Medieval Period (2006)". Schuerman followed up with an additional work focusing on the earlier period of the tree in 2008 that can be found on the same site: "The Early Tempests" (2008)

It is hardly within our ability to add materially to the research undertaken by these esteemed individuals. Our objective, rather, is to connect the members of the Tempest family to their ancient heritage and to create a collaborative tree for the family that lives and breathes.

How can you participate?

(1) Add your branches to the tree. This is a 100% shared collaboration and the tree belongs to all of us. Please do not duplicate existing entries.

(2) Upload photographs and documents to the tree. Primary materials are the lifeblood of any historical endeavor and yours are just as valuable as any other.

(3) Invite family members to tree. The more the merrier and maybe you will uncover someone with a latent talent for historical research; and

(4) If you have the last name of Tempest, please participate in our new Y Chromosome DNA study of the Tempest family as a means of sorting out the recent branches of the tree. We actively encourage family members to participate by contacting family member Adam Brown.

Our tree is comprised of various lines, some of which were founded by the following individuals:

"Bracewell Line": Roger Tempest (first documented founder)

"Broughton Line": Roger Tempest of Broughton

"Marton Line": Thomas Tempest of Marton

"Edward Tempest Line": Edward Tempest

"Tong Line": Henry Tempest of Tong

"Holmeside, Stanley, Stella and The Isle Lines": Sir Rowland Tempest of Holmeside

"Thornley Line": Robert Tempest of Thornley

Documented North American Descendants:

"Mormon Line": Henry Tempest (UK to Salt Lake City 1854)

"Worden Line": Peter Worden (UK to Yarmouth, Massachusetts, died 1638)

Vancouver Branch: Mary Mitchell Tempest

Additional lines not yet connected to the main tree:

John Tempest b. 1688 (ancestor of David Brandon Tempest): John Tempest

Rufus Tempest b. 1834 Kildwick (ancestor of New Zealand branch) New Zealand Branch

Thomas Tempest of Newcastle b. 1740: Thomas Tempest

William Tempest, married Wakefield, born circa 1770: William Tempest

There are numerous other branches that we have not yet documented, and the participation of anyone with an interest in the Tempest family is greatly welcome! Provide as much information as you have and we will attempt to connect you to the main tree!


from the book "Kin of Mellcene Thurman Smith" -

"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.

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."

The primary arms, crest and motto of the Tempest are as follows. Please note that there are numerous branches with the Tempest surname (at least one and probably more obtaining the surname through marriage and dispensation from the Crown), and some of the males of these branches the family possess a coat of arms that is similar but not identical to the original.

  • 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.

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