George Wright (1847 - 15 May 1913) was an Irish lawyer and judge.

Wright was born in Clonakilty, County Cork, son of Thomas Wright. [1] His father and brothers practiced as solicitors in Clonakilty: one of his brothers was H.T. Wright, Clerk of the Peace for Cork.[2] He married Mary Barrington in 1881. His family owned Fernhill House, Clonakilty, which is now a hotel.[citation needed]

He was called to the Bar in 1871, took silk in 1884, and served as Solicitor-General for Ireland from January 1900[3] to 1903 in the Unionist government headed by Lord Salisbury. He was appointed to the Queen's Bench Division of the Irish High Court in 1903 where he served till his death.[4] He was immensely popular with his colleagues and greatly respected as a lawyer. A colleague humorously described him as a man who is "on the borderline of genius but never trespasses"; a popular verse hailed him as "Judge Wright, who's never wrong!"[5]

Wright died on 15 May 1913.[6]


  1. ^ Pike, W.T. editor Contemporary Biographies Richard Hodges Brighton. 1911
  2. ^ Pike Contemporary Biographies
  3. ^ The Times. No. 36047. London. 24 January 1900. p. 9. ((cite news)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Ball, F. Elrington The Judges in Ireland 1221-1921 London, John Murray, 1926
  5. ^ Healy, Maurice. The Old Munster Circuit Michael Joseph Ltd 1939
  6. ^ Who's Who 1914
Legal offices Preceded byDunbar Barton Solicitor-General for Ireland 1901–1903 Succeeded byJames Campbell