William Wright: Testimonials

Scope and Content

Attestations in favour of William Wright.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Wright (1830-1889), orientalist, was born on 17 January 1830. He attended St Andrews University, before studying oriental languages at Halle and Leyden. He was professor of Arabic at University College, London, 1855-1856, and at Trinity College, Dublin, 1856-1861. Wright was employed in the manuscripts department of the British Museum from 1861 to 1870, where he catalogued the collection of Syriac manuscripts. In 1870 he was appointed Sir Thomas Adams's professor of Arabic at Cambridge University, and that year he became a fellow of Queens' College. Wright was also a member of the Old Testament revision committee. He died on 22 May 1889.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Mrs Wright, 1910.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Wright in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, Vol. XXI (London, 1909), p. 1053-1054.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.