Only son of Rev Walter & Alicia Shirley, came from an Anglo-Irish family, born 30 May 1797 at Westport. Ireland - his family fled from there during the 1798 troubles after which they had a peripatetic existance until they re-established a link with Earl Ferrers with whom they were distantly related. He suppported Walter in going to Winchester from which he won a scholarship to New College and at the same time Lord Ferrers gave his father the living of Shirley in Derbyshire. Married Maria Waddington in Paris in 1827 - his father resigned Shirley to Walter about this time.
Noted evangelical - however only occupied see for a few months before his death at Bishopscourt, during which time he is said to have gained the esteem of his clergy and people - however his letters indicate some strong criticism of clergy, island ways and Methodism.
T. Hill (ed) Letters and Memoir of the late Walter Augustus Shirley D.D. 1849
J. Gelling A History of the Manx Church Douglas:Manx National Heritage 1998