He was educated at Magdalen College School, Oxford and Cambridge University.
Entering the Indian education department in 1870, he became professor of English literature in Delhi College in 1873, tutor to the Raja of Rutlam in 1876, and principal of the Rajkumar College at Indore in 1877.
He married Mary Ann Louisa Cherry on the 13th of Oct ober 1873 at Simla, Bengal, India.
On 8 January 1881 he developed symptoms of tetanus after playing polo and tennis on the previous 2 days, and died aged 33 on 12 January 1881 in Indore.
He is best known for his book "Twenty-one days in India, or, The tour of Sir Ali Baba" a satire upon Anglo-Indian society.