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Walter Shirley Shirley (1851 – 1 May 1888)[1] was an English barrister and law writer and a Liberal politician.

Shirley was born Walter Shirley Smith at Doncaster, the son of William Edwood Smith twice Lord Mayor of Doncaster and Town Clerk, and his wife Jane Winteringham Shirley. The family adopted the name Shirley in the early 1850's. His uncle, Arthur Joseph Smith, was three times Lord Mayor of Doncaster.He was educated at Rugby School and Balliol College, Oxford. He was called to the bar at Inner Temple and went on the North Eastern circuit.[2] He wrote several papers on legal matters.[3]

At the 1885 general election Shirley was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Doncaster.[4] He was an advanced Liberal. He resigned the seat in February 1888[5] but died in May that year at the age of 36. He was also first president of Doncaster Rovers football club circa 1880.


  • A sketch of the criminal law Stevens and sons, 1880
  • Leading cases made easy Stevens and sons, 1880
  • A selection of leading cases in the common law Stevens and Sons, 1883
  • A selection of leading cases in the criminal law Stevens and Sons, 1888


  1. ^ "Historical list of MPs: constituencies beginning with D, part 2". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 14 January 2010.  
  2. ^ Debretts Guide to the House of Commons 1886
  3. ^ Open Library
  4. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 434. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.  
  5. ^ Department of Information Services (9 June 2009). "Appointments to the Chiltern Hundreds and Manor of Northstead Stewardships since 1850". House of Commons Library. Retrieved 30 November 2009.  

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Doncaster
1885 – 1888
Succeeded by
Henry Wentworth-FitzWilliam


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