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Henry FitzHerbert Wright (9 October 1870 – 23 February 1947) was an English cricketer, lawyer and Conservative politician. He was active in local government in Derbyshire and sat in the House of Commons from 1912 to 1918.

Wright was the eldest son of FitzHerbert Wright of the Hayes, Alfreton, Derbyshire and his wife Louise Charlotte Rudolphine von Beckmann, daughter of E C Frederick von Beckmann. He was educated at Eton where he was a proficient cricketer and at Trinity College, Cambridge.[1] In the 1891 season he played two games for Derbyshire, making his debut against Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). He played one game for Derbyshire against Essex in the 1892 season and spent the following winter touring in Ceylon and India with Lord Hawke's XI.

Wright 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. He returned to first-class cricket in the 1904 season when he played two games for Derbyshire. In the 1905 season managed he seven games and ended his cricket career. 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.[2]

Wright was commissioned as a Territorial Force captain in the 1st Derbyshire Howitzer Battery of the Royal Field Artillery in 1908[3] He served in Derbyshire as a Justice of the Peace and vice chair of the County Council.[1]

Wright 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 also saw service with the Royal Artillery during World War I from 1914 to 1917. He held his parliamentary seat until the general election of 1918.[4]

Wright was High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 1927, and chairman of the River Trent Catchment Board from 1931 to 1937. He was also a governor of Repton School.[1]

Wright died at his home near Ashbourne, Derbyshire at the age of 76.

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


  1. ^ a b c "Wright, Henry Fitzherbert (WRT889HF)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ "Henry Wright at Cricket Archive". 23 February 1947. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  3. ^ "The London Gazette December 11, 1908" (PDF). Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 2)

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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