The Rev George Walmsley (or Walmesely) was born in Bury in 1655. He graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1676, gaining his MA in 1679. He was appointed master of the Preston school in 1678. 
Walmsley had to relinquish his role as schoolmaster in 1680 because he had been ordained and was acting as a minister. 
Lawrence Rawstorne, the diarist, records him preaching at St Andrew’s, Leyland, on 18 November 1683 when he was probably curate there; he was vicar of Leyland from 1685 until his death in September 1689. He conformed to the Toleration Act of 1689.