Wright, Charles Henry Hamilton (1836–1909), Hebraist and theologian, was born 9 March 1836 in Dublin, second son among ten children of Edward Thomas Wright, LLD, barrister, of Floraville, Donnybrook, Dublin, and his wife Charlotte (née Wright) of Beech Hill, Donnybrook. Edward Perceval Wright (qv) was his eldest brother. Charles was privately educated and then entered TCD on 1 July 1852. As an undergraduate, he became involved with protestant controversies and propaganda and published his first work, Coming events; or, Glimpses of the future (1853), and an anonymous attack on Roman catholicism, The pope the Antichrist (1854). He also delved into Celtic philology and published A grammar of the modern Irish language (1855; 2nd ed. 1860) for use in TCD. However, theology and oriental languages were to be his life's consuming interests. He won the primate's Hebrew premium in 1856 and graduated BA with first-class honours for his divinity testimonium examination in 1857. He received the Arabic prize and his MA in 1859, his BD in 1873, and a DD in 1879. He also received a Ph.D. from Leipzig in 1875.
In addition to his academic prowess, he was ordained in 1859 and appointed to a curacy in Middleton Tyas, Yorkshire. He was not suited to parochial work, and in 1863 was appointed to the English chaplaincy at Dresden, where he met leading German theologians. His zealous conservatism, although popular with many of his fellow English in Dresden, was offensive to the high-church party and they successfully petitioned the bishop of London, A. C. Tait, to appoint an additional chaplain. His chaplaincy at Boulogne-sur-mer from 1868 included British seamen and German prisoners during the Franco–German war (1870–71). He returned to Ireland and served as incumbent of St Mary's, Belfast (1874–85), and of Bethesda church, Dublin (1885–91). From 1891 until his retirement in 1898 he was at St John's, Liverpool.
His academic career progressed concurrently with his clerical duties. He received an MA from Exeter College, Oxford, on 5 July 1862, was elected Bampton lecturer for 1878 and Donnellan lecturer at TCD in 1880, and was appointed Grinfield lecturer at Oxford for two two-year terms (1893, 1895). He frequently acted as Hebrew examiner for the universities of Oxford, London, Manchester, and Wales.
A militant protestant, he was actively involved with the Protestant Reformation Society and served as its clerical superintendent (1898–1907). He published many pamphlets denouncing Roman catholicism, and was also a prolific theological writer. His works were not widely read, but were well respected by conservative critics. Wright died 22 March 1909 at his home at Wandsworth Common, London. He was survived by his widow Ebba (m. 23 June 1859), daughter of Professor Nils Wilhelm Almroth, governor of the Royal Mint, Stockholm, and their five sons. His wife wrote a memoir of him, Sunbeams on my path (2nd ed. 1900). His personal library, containing ‘abstruse works in German, Hebrew, Chaldaic, Arabic, and Celtic, and rare Oriental manuscripts’ (IBL) was sold at auction at Hodgson's sale room in April 1910. A memorial tablet was placed in his honour in St Mary's church, Belfast, in July 1911 by his widow and sons.