Walter Walsh (minister)

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Rev. Dr.

Walter Walsh
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Born(1857-04-13)13 April 1857
Dundee, Scotland
Died20 May 1931(1931-05-20) (aged 74)
London, England
EducationDoctor of Divinity
Alma materGlasgow University
D.D., Pittsburgh University, 1910
OccupationMinister, peace advocate
Known forPeace Activist
Spouse(s)Alice Mary Lambert (1882–1931; his death), 9 children

Walter Walsh, D.D., (13 April 1857 – 20 May 1931) was a Scottish religious leader and peace activist.[1]

Early life and education

Walsh was born in Dundee on 13 April 1857. He was educated at Dundee High School and Glasgow University. In 1910, he received his D.D. from Pittsburgh University.[2]


Walsh served as a Congregational minister in Pitlochry (1882–86), Newcastle (1887–97), and Dundee (1897–1912). He was a member of the Newcastle-on-Tyne School Board (1891–97) and also served on the Dundee City Council (1906–12).[3] In 1912, he was condemned for holding Christian universalism|Universalist views by the Edinburgh Court of Session, and was deprived of church properties.[4]

In 1913, he moved to London and replaced the late Charles Voysey (theist)|Charles Voysey as minister of the Theistic Church, which sought a middle path between Liberal Christianity and Unitarianism.[2] In 1916, he became leader of the Free Religious Movement. He also took an interest in social issues such as pacifism, education, and housing. He was a municipal delegate to various housing conferences in Europe. He was also a vice-president of the Universal Peace Union and attended numerous international peace conferences in Europe and America, where he made several tours lecturing and preaching in connection with the international peace movement.[3]

Personal life and death

In 1882, Walsh married Alice Mary Lambert (1855–1937).[lower-alpha 1] They had four sons and five daughters. He died in Whetstone, London on 20 May 1931, aged 74.[3]

The Rev. Dr. Walsh is sometimes confused with his English contemporary Walter Walsh (writer)|Walter Walsh (1847–1912), a Laity#Protestantism|lay Protestant who also wrote works on religion;[5] the two men do not appear to have been related.

Selected bibliography

  • The Moral Damage of War (1902)
  • Jesus in Juteopolis (1906)
  • The Greater Parables of Tolstoy (1906)
  • Hymns of Divine Unity and Love (1915)
  • The World Rebuilt (1917)
  • The Golden Rule (1920)


  1. Some sources give her maiden name as Choat.


  1. "Rev. Dr. Walter Walsh Dead in London at 74". The New York Times. 21 May 1931.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Obituary: The Rev. Walter Walsh". The Times. 31 May 1931. p. 16.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Walsh, Rev. Walter". Who Was Who. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U218737.
  4. "Rev. Walter Walsh Dead". Dundee Evening Telegraph. 20 May 1931. p. 7 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. Foster, I.T. "Walsh, Walter (1847–1912), religious controversialist and author". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/47129. Retrieved 12 February 2020.

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