WRIGHT, THOMAS (1810-77). An English antiquary, born at Tenhury in Shropshire and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. Tn 1836 he went to London and in 1837 lie was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Ile was one of the founders of the Camden So ciety (1838), of the Percy Society (1841), of the Shakespeare Society (1841), and of the Brit lish Archaeological Association (1843). Wright published nearly a hundred works, including translations and hooks edited for various learned societies. He was careless and inaccurate to an astonishing degree, and yet he deserves much -credit for opening the way to better equipped scholars. _host of Wright's principal publica tions are included in the following list : Early English Poetry, an anthology in black letter (4 vols. 1836) ; The Latin Poems Commonly At tributed to Walter Mapes (1841); Specimens of Old Christ was Carols ( 1841) ; an edition of the Can terbury Tales (1847-51) ; Popular Treatises on Science. Written During the Middle A ges
The Chester Plays (1843-47): Be/i v/ice Antiguw: Scraps from Ancient Manu scripts, Illustrating Early English. Literature and the English Language (1539-43) ; Queen Elizabeth and Her• Times ( 1838) : Saint Pat rick's (18441 ; Wanderings of an ntiguary, Chiefly upon the Traces of the Romans in Britain (1854) ; Essays or: Archw ological Subjects (1S 61 ) ; A History of Domestic Manners and Sentiments in England During the Middle Ages (1862) ; Political Poems and Songs Relating to English History (1559-01): and Feudal Manuals of English History (1572).
WriFlit collaborated with .1. Halliwell on a Dictionary of Archaic and i'ror•incial i1o•ds (1846) and on Nares's Glossary.