The ancestor of this family settled in county Tipperary in the mid 17th century and a junior branch moved to county Cork. John Wright of Cloneen married Sarah Markham of county Kilkenny. He died in 1766 having disinherited both his sons, John and Abbe Bernard of Paris, for becoming Catholics. In 1761 John junior married Catherine Shee who eventually succeeded to the Shee of Cloran, county Tipperary estate. They had three sons Bernard of Clonmel, Richard of Fethard and John of Compsey Cottage. Griffith's Valuation records Richard Wright holding land in the parish of Kilvemnon, barony of Slievardagh. In November 1861, property owned by John Bernard Wright in the baronies of Glenahiry, county Waterford and Iffa and Offa East, county Tipperary, were offered for sale in the Landed Estates Court. It was sold to Messers. Toole and Findlater [in trust].
- Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Wright, 5 November 1861, Vol 63, MRGS 39/032, (microfilm copy in NUIG) ; National Archives of Ireland
- Copy of royal licence to William Wright of Killaghy Castle, Co. Tipperary, to take the name and arms of Despard, June 4, 1838. Genealogical Office: Ms.151, pp, 360-2 ; National Library of Ireland
- Copy of grant of arms to John Wright of Compsey Cottage, son of John Wright of Cloneen by Catherine, daughter of Richard Shee of Cloran, all in Co. Tipperary with pedigree of Shee of Upper Court, Co. Kilkenny and Cloran, Co. Tipperary, Jan. 20, 1833. Genealogical Office: Ms.107, pp.75-6 ; National Library of Ireland
- Copy of confirmation of arms to the descendants of Thomas Watson of Haydon Hall, Co. Middlesex and to his grandson, Thomas Wright Watson of Kilmanahan Castle, Co. Waterford, March 9, 1857. Genealogical Office: Ms.108, pp.165-6 ; National Library of Ireland