January 27, 1839, St. Agnes, Cornwall. Note: One engraving has a caption that gives his middle initial as D, but we have not seen this initial anywhere else, nor any indication that he had a middle name.

January 22, 1913, Thirsk, Yorkshire, England.

York Minster, York, 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 Top­cliffe, York­shire (1905–). However, Ju­li­an 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:

Julian’s 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. Gracious Spirit, Life Divine
  3. Great God, to Thee Our Hearts We Raise
  4. Hark, the Voice Eternal
  5. Long the Nations Waited
  6. O God of God
  7. Praise We Give, and Adoration
  8. Sweetly Sang the Angels