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Captain Henry FitzHerbert Wright (9 October 1870 – 23 February 1947) was an English cricketer, lawyer and Conservative Party politician.

Wright was the eldest son of FitzHerbert Wright of the Hayes, Alfreton, Derbyshire and his wife Charlotte Rudolphine, Louise von Beckman.[1]. He was educated at Eton where he was a proficient cricketer and at Trinity College, Cambridge.[2] In 1891 he played two games for Derbyshire, making his debut against MCC. He played one game for Derbyshire against Essex in 1892 and spent the following winter touring in Ceylon and India with Lord Hawke's XI. He suspended his first class cricket career and was called to the bar at Inner Temple in 1895. He was on the Midland Circuit and was an alderman of the Derbyshire County Council. In 1904 he played two games for Derbyshire and in 1905 managed seven games. Wright was a right hand batsman who played 22 matches in 13 first class games with an average of 19.38 and a top score of 55. He was a right-arm medium pace bowler.[3]

Wright served in the Royal Field Artillery from 1908 to 1911. He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for the Leominster constituency at an unopposed by-election in 1912, following the retirement of the incumbent. He held the seat until the general election of 1918. Wright saw service with the Royal Artillery during World War I from 1914 to 1917. He served in Derbyshire as a Justice of the Peace and was High Sheriff of Derbyshire and vice chair of the County Council. He was also a governor of Repton School and chairman of the River Trent Catchment Board.

Wright died at his home near Ashbourne, Derbyshire in 1947.

Wright married Muriel Harriet Fletcher. He is the maternal great-grandfather of Sarah, Duchess of York, through her mother Susan Barrantes.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir James Rankin
Member of Parliament for Leominster
Succeeded by
Charles Ward-Jackson
Honorary titles
Preceded by
George Buckston
High Sheriff of Derbyshire
Succeeded by
John Drury-Lowe


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