John Tempest Sr.
He inherited the family's extensive landed interests, including the manors of Wynyard (purchased in 1742 for £8,000), The Isle, Kelloe, Old Durham, Brancepeth and Rainton, which helped make them among the largest shippers of coal via Sunderland in the late 18th century. He was Mayor of Hartlepool in 1747 and 1758 and represented the City of Durham in the Parliaments of 1741, 1747, 1754 and 1761.
He married Frances Shuttleworth (?–1771), on 5 September 1738. Their son John Tempest Jr. succeeded him in Parliament. Tempest Sr. was an ancestor of the Vane-Tempest-Stewarts, Earls Vane and Marquesses of Londonderry.
- Parish Registers St.Nicolas Durham,St.Giles Durham
- Robert Surtees,History of Durham,Vol IV,p.93
- "TEMPEST, John (1710-76), of Sherburn, nr. Durham". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
- Robert Surtees,History of Durham, Vol. I, Appendix, p. cli
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John Lambton from 1762
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