Viscount Rochdale, of Rochdale in the County Palatine of Lancaster, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1960 for John Kemp, 2nd Baron Rochdale. He was Chairman of the woollen manufacturing firm of Kelsall & Kemp Ltd and a former President of the National Union of Manufacturers and Governor of the BBC. The title of Baron Rochdale, of Rochdale in the County Palatine of Lancaster, was created in the Peerage of the United Kingdom in 1913 for his father, George Kemp. He was Chairman of Kelsall & Kemp Ltd, a Brigadier-General in the Army, and former Member of Parliament for South East Lancashire and Manchester North West. As of 2017[update] the titles are held by the first Viscount's grandson, the third Viscount, who succeeded his father in 2015.
Barons Rochdale (1913)
- George Kemp, 1st Baron Rochdale (1866–1945)
- John Durival Kemp, 2nd Baron Rochdale (1906–1993) (created Viscount Rochdale in 1960)
Viscounts Rochdale (1960)
- John Durival Kemp, 1st Viscount Rochdale (1906–1993)
- St John Durival Kemp, 2nd Viscount Rochdale (1938–2015)
- Jonathan Hugo Durival Kemp, 3rd Viscount Rochdale (b. 1961)
The heir presumptive is the present holder's nephew George Thomas Kemp (b. 2001).
- Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by St John Durival Kemp, 2nd Viscount Rochdale
- "Viscount Rochdale Family History". Viscountrochdale.com. Retrieved 4 November 2016.