In 1660 Samuel Pepys, an increasingly-important 26 year-old civil servant in London, began writing his diary. He stopped a decade later.

This site contains the full text of his diary, along with several letters sent or received by Pepys, plus thousands of pages of further information about the people, places and things in his world.

The diary entries were published on this site daily, in real time, from January 2003 until May 2012, with readers discussing events each day. Since January 2013 the diary entries have been appearing on the front page at the end of the day (London time), starting with 1 January 1660.

This site is run by Phil Gyford. If you have questions about the site you can email me at If you have questions about Samuel Pepys, the diary, or 17th century London you may be better off joining the discussion group at and asking people there.

Supporting this site

Because I run this site in my free time several people have asked how they can donate money. While this is kind of them I don't ask for anything as the financial costs are negligible.

The text for Pepys' Diary comes from Project Gutenberg, an effort to make a vast number of copyright-free texts available online. Its work is conducted largely by volunteers, and you can donate to them. We also rely on Wikipedia who also accept donations.

If you’d prefer not to donate to either of those, you can buy me a gift via my Amazon wishlist.


Many thanks to the following for their kind contributions: Roger Arbor, Alan Bedford, Todd Bernhardt, James B Collins and his 'European Civilization to 1789' class,, Peter Easton, David Gurliacci, Louise Hayes, Gerry Healy, Laura K, Jeannine Kerwin, Mary Knight, William Loughner, Sari Magaziner, Peter Mehlin, David Nix, R Rawlins, Carole Sargent, Evelyn Senior, Sharon, John Grahame Simmons, Glyn Thomas, Keith Wright and others.

(If you do not wish to be listed as a donor then let me know.)


Extra special thanks to those who have contributed to the content and running of the site over the years. These include: Jeannine Kerwin (several In-Depth Articles, most of the Diary Summaries, and some Encyclopedia texts); Terry Foreman (many corrections and suggestions to diary texts); Max Wainer (flagging more than 1600 broken annotations); Alan Anderson (many Encyclopedia summaries); Dirk Van de Putte (some Story so Far summaries); Sue Nicholson (many book reviews and other articles); and all of the many annotators. Thank you.