The diaries include a description of voyage from India to father's deathbed, 1873-1874. The diarist lived in India again 1874-1877, and then at Worthing, 1877-1883, and Eagle House, Batheaston, Somerset, 1883 onwards
The diarist records details of daily life with considerable wit. Extensive gardening and scientific memoranda begin in 1888. In the years 1900 to 1905, he uses two diaries simultaneously.
One volume, D2659/21/16, is used to record daily life for the entire period and volumes D2659/21/17 to 21/22 are used to record gardening and scientific memoranda, one volume per year. In the years 1911 to 1914, he again uses one diary for both types of entry (D2659/21/23)
Entries also include a tour of Gloucester Cathedral with F W Waller (later the cathedral architect). Blathwayt describes him as 'in appearance a very young man, rather deaf, and is the author of 'Six Weeks in the Saddle', a journal of a tour in Ireland', 1874; a discovery that 'the servants have been robbing us wholesale', 1903; his resentment at being disqualified from membership of a school board because he was not a regular communicant, 1903