Alfred James Lowth was the youngest of the thirteen children of Rev. Robert Lowth of Chiswick, rector of Hinton Ampner, and Frances (née Harington).
He was the youngest grandchild of Robert Lowth Lord Bishop of London. He attended Eton and Winchester colleges, Oxford University, and earned quite a reputation as a cricketer in his youth. After serving a number of parishes around Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Dorset, he settled in Winchester as the vicar of St.Swithuns Upon Kingsgate. Although he never achieved the status of canon or prebendary, he nevertheless became one of the surrogates of the Winchester diocese, a position of some responsibility and trust.
He married Julia Mary Nunn Cobbold, with whom he had a single son, Alfred Charles. He died in February 1907 and is buried in the West Hill cemetery in Winchester.