Robert Wright, Baron Wright

For other people named Robert Wright, see Robert Wright (disambiguation).
The Right Honourable
The Lord Wright
Master of the Rolls
In office
7 October 1935  26 April 1937
Preceded by The Lord Hanworth
Succeeded by The Lord Greene
Personal details
Born Robert Alderson Wright
15 October 1869
South Shields, County Durham
Died 27 June 1964 (1964-06-28) (aged 94)
Durley House, Burbage, Wiltshire
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Marjory Avis Bullows (d. 1980)
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Profession Barrister, judge

Robert Alderson Wright, Baron Wright GCMG PC FBA (15 October 1869 27 June 1964) was a British judge.

Born in South Shields, Wright was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took a First and later held a prize fellowship. He was called to the bar in 1900 by the Inner Temple and practiced at the commercial bar, having joined the chambers of Thomas Edward Scrutton. He also lectured on industrial law at the London School of Economics.

At the 1923 General election, he stood as the Liberal candidate in the Darlington constituency. The Liberals, who had not contested the seat at the previous election, were not expected to win and he came last. He did not stand for parliament again.[1]

In 1925, Wright was appointed to the King's Bench Division of the High Court as a judge, receiving the customary knighthood. On 11 April 1932, he was appointed Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and was created additionally a life peer with the title Baron Wright, of Durley in the County of Wiltshire. His translation from the High Court directly to the House of Lords was unusual, and was masterminded by the Lord Chancellor, the Viscount Sankey. However, he resigned as Lord of Appeal in 1935. becoming instead Master of the Rolls, a post he held until 1937, when he was made Lord of Appeal in Ordinary again. He retired in 1947, and was appointed GCMG in 1948.

In 1945 he was the Chairman of the United Nations War Crimes Commission.[2]



Legal offices
Preceded by
Sir Ernest Pollock
Master of the Rolls
Succeeded by
Sir Wilfred Greene
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