Burley, Walter an early English secular priest, or probably a Franciscan monk, was born in 1275. He was educated at Merton College, Oxford, and afterwards .studied at Paris. On his return to England he dissented from Duns Scotus. He was preceptor to king Edward III about 1337. He wrote Commentaries on the Sentences, and a large number of philosophical treatises, only a part of which have been published. See Mosheim, Hist. of the Church, bk. iii, cent. xiv, pt. ii, ch. ii.