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Joseph Timothy Haydn (died 17 January 1856), compiler of dictionaries, was well known as the author of the "Dictionary of Dates", 1841 (19th edition, 1889), and of the "Book of Dignities", 1851 (3rd revised edition, 1894). The "Book of Dignities" was a modernised form of Robert Beatson's "Political Index", but omits the lists of holders of many important offices. He also edited Samuel Lewis' "Topographical Dictionaries". His name is used in the "Haydn Series" of dictionaries, which are on the same lines as those compiled by him. He does not, however, appear to have taken any part in their actual compilation. They are the "Universal Index of Biography", edited by J. B. Payne, 1870; "Bible Dictionary", edited by C. Boutell, 1871 (2nd edition, 1878); "Dictionary of Popular Medicine and Hygiene", edited by Dr. E. Lankester, 1874 (2nd edition, 1878). For a short time before his death, on 18 January 1856, Haydn had been in receipt of a small pension of £25 granted by the government. It was continued to his widow.


  • Annual Register, 1856, p. 232
  • The Times, 19 January 1856
  • Gentlemen's Magazine, 1856, i. 542
  • Westminster Review, January 1830, p 91
  • Frederic Boase. "Haydn, Joseph Timothy" in Modern English Biography. Netherton and Worth. 1892. Volume 1. Page 1879. Google Books
  • Bailie, J M (ed). "Haydn, Joseph" in Hamlyn Dictionary of Dates and Anniversaries. Second Revised Edition. 1978. Book Club Associates. London. p 108.
  •   This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWilliams, James (1891). "Haydn, Joseph". In Stephen, Leslie; Lee, Sidney (eds.). Dictionary of National Biography. 25. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 279.

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