Alexander Wright

about 1707–
Montrose, Forfarshire, Scotland

The Life of Alexander

When Alexander Wright was born about 1707, in Montrose, Forfarshire, Scotland, his father, James Wright, was 32 and his mother, Elizabeth Gray, was 28. He had at least 2 sons and 2 daughters with Jean Penny.

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Family Time Line

Alexander Wright
1707–
Jean Penny
1711–
Elizabeth
1673–
Robert Wright
1733–1801
Jean Wright
1737–
Jean Wright
1737–

Spouse and Children

children

(4)

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(5)

World Events (2)

1802 · John Playfair publishes summary of James Hutton's theories of geology.

Age 95

In 1802, John Playfair published the Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth. His influence was by James Hutton’s knowledge of the earth’s geology.
1815

Age 108

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.

Name Meaning

1 English, Scottish, and northern Irish: occupational name for a maker of machinery, mostly in wood, of any of a wide range of kinds, from Old English wyrhta, wryhta ‘craftsman’ (a derivative of wyrcan ‘to work or make’). The term is found in various combinations (for example, Cartwright and Wainwright ), but when used in isolation it generally referred to a builder of windmills or watermills.2 Common New England Americanized form of French Le Droit, a nickname for an upright person, a man of probity, from Old French droit ‘right’, in which there has been confusion between the homophones right and wright.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Alexr. Wright in entry for Elizabeth Wright, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Alexr. Wright in entry for Robert Wright, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Alexander Wright in entry for Jean Wright, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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