Born: September 23, 1725, Staunton Harold, Leicestershire, England.
Died: April 7, 1786, Dublin, Ireland, of dropsy.
Buried: St. Mary’s Church, Dublin, Ireland.
Walter was the son of Laurence Shirley (son of the 1st Earl Ferrers, and cousin of the Countess of Huntingdon).
In 1742, he matriculated at New College, Oxford. He graduated with a BA in 1746, and the same year became rector of Loughrea, County Galway.
He was a friend of Whitefield and the Wesleys, and often preached in their chapels.
In 1774, he helped the Countess of Huntingdon revise the collection of hymns used in her chapels.