They appear to be the records of Mr. D.H. McPherson, an active member of the club. He was Hon. Secretary 1887-1888, Hon. Treasurer 1889-1893, Captain 1894-1898 and Hon. Treasurer 1911-1925. He also acted as an umpire at the Saltford regatta
Ariel Rowing Club was founded in 1870, maintaining its boathouse at St. Anne's Park. It was jointly responsible (with Bradford-on-Avon, Bath, Clifton and Redcliffe Rowing Clubs) for the Jamaica Cup and Saltford Regattas.