Sir Richard Temple, 3rd Baronet

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Sir Richard Temple, 3rd Baronet (28 March 1634 – 8 May 1697) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1654 and 1697.


Temple was the son of Sir Peter Temple, 2nd Baronet of Stowe and his second wife Christian Leveson, daughter of Sir John Leveson.[1] He was admitted at Gray's Inn on 6 November 1648 and at Emmanuel College, Cambridge on 23 December 1648. He inherited the baronetcy on the death of his father in September 1653.[2]

In 1654, Temple was elected Member of Parliament for Warwickshire in the First Protectorate Parliament and in 1659, he was elected MP for Buckingham in the Third Protectorate Parliament.[3]

Temple was elected MP again for Buckingham in 1660 for the Convention Parliament. He was made Knight of the Bath on18 April 1661. He was re-elected in 1661 for the Cavalier Parliament and sat until 1679.[3] He was a member of the Council for foreign plantations in 1671 and commissioner of customs from 1672 to 1694. He took a leading part against the Popish Plot, and for excluding James, Duke of York from the crown.[2] In the February 1679 election there was a double return and Sir Peter Tyrell was declared elected. However Temple regained the seat in August 1679 and held it until his death in 1697.[3] In 1676 Temple commissioned a new house at Stowe which forms the core of the present building.[4]

Temple died at the age of 63.


St John the Baptist Church, Hagley, memorial to Sir Thomas Lyttelton, 4th Baronet (1686–1751) and his wife Christian, née Temple

Temple married Mary Knapp, daughter of Thomas Knapp of Woodcote, South Stoke, Oxfordshire on 25 August 1675.[3] He had several children:

  • His son Sir Richard Temple, 4th Baronet, inherited the baronetcy and was raised to the peerage as Viscount Cobham.[1]
  • His eldest daughter Maria married Richard West.[5]
  • His 2nd daughter Hester married, 25 Nov 1710 in Wotton Underwood, Bucks., England, Richard Grenville (1678-1727)[6] She (Hester) had succeeded to the estate of her brother Richard Temple, 1st Viscount Cobham, at Stowe, which henceforth became the family's chief seat, and with which Wotton descended until the death of the last Duke of Buckingham and Chandos in 1889. She then became the 1st Countess of Temple.
  • Christian, a younger daughter, married Sir Thomas Lyttelton, 4th Baronet. When her brother Sir Richard Temple, 4th Baronet was created Viscount Cobham, it was with special remainder (in default of his own heirs male) to his sister Christian and her heirs male and in default of them to the heirs male of Christian. This latter remainder took effect in 1889 when her descendant Charles, Lord Lyttelton succeeded as Viscount Cobham.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Account of the Temple family
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Temple, Richard (TML648R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 History of Parliament Online - Temple, Sir Richard
  4. National Trust - Stowe
  5., West, Temple (1713-57), of Upper Grosvenor St., London.
  6. Source for her is G.E.C. Peerage, ii, 324. From: 'Parishes : Wotton Underwood', A History of the County of Buckingham: Volume 4 (1927), pp. 130-134. URL:
Parliament of England
Preceded by
John St Nicholas
Richard Lucy
Member of Parliament for Warwickshire
With: Richard Lucy
Thomas Willoughby
William Purefoy
Succeeded by
Richard Lucy
Sir Roger Burgoyn
Edward Peyto
Joseph Hawksworth
Preceded by
Francis Ingoldsby
Member of Parliament for Buckingham
With: Francis Ingoldsby
Succeeded by
John Dormer
Preceded by
John Dormer
Member of Parliament for Buckingham
With: John Dormer 1660
Sir William Smyth, 1st Baronet 1661-1679
Succeeded by
Viscount Latimer
Sir Peter Tyrrell, 1st Baronet
Preceded by
Viscount Latimer
Sir Peter Tyrrell, 1st Baronet
Member of Parliament for Buckingham
With: Viscount Latimer 1679-1681
Sir Ralph Verney, 1st Bt. 1681-1690
Alexander Denton 1690-1697
Succeeded by
Alexander Denton
Sir Richard Temple, 4th Bt.
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Peter Temple
Temple baronets
(of Stowe)
Succeeded by
Richard Temple, 1st Viscount Cobham