Educated at Rugby School and while living on King Street in 1851 he became a Solicitor's Articled clerk for the City of London. He represented the 'Guild of Saddlers of the City of London' in 1875. He was a member of the English Freemasons and chair of their Building Committee. He was a Master of 'Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers of London' in 1893 & 1894.
In 1858 he married an amateur actress Maria Louisa Long (1837–1920). Their eldest son was composer Lionel Monckton. Their daughter, Mrs. Augusta Moore, who wrote as 'Martin J. Pritchard,' was a popular novelist of the period.
He is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London in the south-east part of the central enclosed roundel.