Born: Jan­u­a­ry 27, 1839, St. Ag­nes, Corn­wall.

Died: Jan­u­a­ry 22, 1913, Thirsk, York­shire, Eng­land.

Educated pri­vate­ly, Ju­li­an grad­u­at­ed from Dur­ham Un­i­ver­si­ty (MA 1887), Lam­beth (DD 1894), and How­ard Un­i­ver­si­ty in Wash­ing­ton, DC (LLD 1894). He took Ho­ly Or­ders in 1866, and served as Vi­car of Win­co­bank (1876-1905) and Vi­car of Top­cliff, York­shire (1905-). How­ev­er, he is best known as a hymn­ol­o­gist. The stand­ard ref­er­ence work in this field is his ma­ssive Dic­tion­ary of Hymn­ol­o­gy: Or­i­gin and His­to­ry of Christ­ian Hymns and Hymn­writ­ers of All Ag­es and Na­tions, To­ge­ther with Bi­o­graph­ic­al and Cri­ti­cal No­tic­es of Their Au­thors and Trans­lat­ors. This work has been re­vised and re­print­ed sev­er­al times; its pub­li­ca­tion dates in­clude:

His other works in­clude:

Julian do­nat­ed his large col­lect­ion of hymn­o­lo­gi­cal books and man­u­scripts to the Church House, Dean’s Yard, Lon­don, where it formed the hymn­o­lo­gi­cal de­part­ment of the li­bra­ry.



  1. Father of All, to Thee
  2. Hark, the Voice Eternal
  3. O God of God