James Cuthbert Hadden

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James Cuthbert Hadden
Born (1859-09-09)9 September 1859
Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, U.K.
Died 2 May 1914(1914-05-02) (aged 54)
Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
Pen name J. Cuthbert Hadden
Occupation Writer, journalist, biographer, organist
Nationality Scottish
Genre Non-fiction, biography, music, opera
Spouse Elizabeth Couper Gordon
Children one daughter

J. Cuthbert Hadden (1861–1914) was a prolific Scottish author, journalist, biographer and organist.


Hadden was born in Banchory, Aberdeenshire on 9 September 1859.[1] His father was James Hadden, a general labourer, and his mother was Elizabeth Mathieson.[2] He began his working life as a bookseller's assistant in Aberdeen and afterwards studied music in London while employed in the publishing house of George Routledge & Sons. He entered the musical profession and returned to Aberdeen as an organist. In 1881, he became organist of St Michael's Parish Church, Crieff.[3] In 1886, he married Elizabeth Couper Gordon and they had one daughter. He removed to Edinburgh in 1889, where he abandoned music in favour of literature and his remarkable literary output is shown below. His recreations are listed as 'walking and gardening.'[4] Hadden wrote at least 98 articles for the Dictionary of National Biography, and the list on this page is taken from the following site s:Author:James Cuthbert Hadden though it may not be complete. Articles written by him in the DNB were designated by the initials "J. C. H." He died in Edinburgh on 2 May 1914.



  • George Frederick Handel. [A biography.] (London: W. H. Allen & Co., 1888.)
  • Mendelssohn. [A biography.] (London: W. H. Allen & Co., 1888.)
  • The Story of James Hogg, the "Ettrick shepherd": With a Selection from his Poetical Works. (Glasgow: David Bryce and Son [1893.])
  • Are You Married? Papers on Love, Courtship, Marriage and Kindred Subjects. (Glasgow: Morison Bros., 1894.)
  • George Thomson, the friend of Burns: his life & correspondence. (London: J. C. Nimmo, 1898.)
  • Thomas Campbell. (Edinburgh: Oliphant, Anderson and Ferrier, 1899, "Famous Scots Series")
  • Haydn, (London: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1902. Series: 'The Master Musicians'.)
  • Chopin, (London: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1903. Series: 'The Master Musicians'.)
  • The Life of Handel. (London: J. J. Keliher. Series: The Kelkel series of volumes relative to song, music, and biography.)
  • The Life of Mendelssohn. (London, J.J. Keliher & Co., 1904. Series: The Kelkel series of volumes relative to song, music, and biography.)
  • Prince Charles Edward, His Life, Time, and Fight for the Crown. (London: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, 1913).
  • Composers in Love and Marriage. (London: John Long, 1913.)

Operatic and Other Musical[edit]

  • The Guildhall School of Music. (London: Cassell, 1889.)
  • Bell Inscriptions. (London, Griffith, Farran, Okeden, and Welsh, 1891).
  • The Great Operas. (London: T.C. & E.C. Jack, 1907.)
  • Meistersingers, Wagner. (London: T.C. & E.C. Jack, 1907.)
  • Lohengrin, Wagner. (London: T.C. & E.C. Jack [1907?])
  • Carmen, Bizet. (London: T.C. & E.C. Jack [1907?])
  • The Bohemian Girl, Balfe. (London: T.C. & E.C. Jack, [1907.])
  • The Operas of Wagner: Their Plots, Music and History. (London: T. C. & E. C. Jack: London, [1908.])
  • Master Musicians. (Edinburgh & London: T. N. Foulis, 1909.)
  • Modern Musicians: A Book for Players, Singers & Listeners. (Edinburgh & London: T. N. Foulis, 1913) – companion volume for Master Musicians
  • Favourite Operas from Mozart to Mascagni: Their Plots, History, and Music, with twenty-four drawings in colour by Byam Shaw. (London & Edinburgh: T. C. & E. C. Jack:, 1911.)

Boys' Books[edit]

  • The Boy's Life of Nelson. (London: S. W. Partridge & Co.[1905.])
  • The Nelson Navy Book. (London: Blackie & Son, 1906 [1905].)
  • Stirring Sea Fights: A Book for British Boys. (London: S. W. Partridge & Co., [1908.])
  • The Boy's Book of the Navy: Its Ships and its Services. (London: S. W. Partridge & Co., [1910.])


  • Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 [2]
  • http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Author:James_Cuthbert_Hadden
  • Scotlandspeople internet site: www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk.
  • British Library catalogue at www.bl.uk.
  • Open Library catalogue at www.openlibrary.org
  • World Cat at www.worldcat.org

Contributions to the Dictionary of National Biography, 1885–1900[edit]

Thomas Willert BealeJohn Tiplady CarrodusNathaniel GowNiel GowGeorge Farquhar GrahamJames HyslopJohn ImlahWilliam InglottElizabeth InverarityJames Johnson (d.1811)William KetheRobert KirkWilliam KnappJoseph Philip KnightGeorge Jackson LambertJohn Frederick LampeEdward LandRichard LangdonChristian Ignatius LatrobeJohn Antes Latrobe (including Peter Latrobe) – James LeachDavid LeechSamuel LeighRichard LimpusHenry ListonHenry LittletonJohn Bernard LogierJohn LongmuirCharles LucasThomas LyleThomas Toke LynchAgnes LyonHenry Francis LyteJoseph Maas – Hugh Macdonald – Patrick Macdonald – Alexander MacGlashan – Mary Mackellar – James McKie – William McLaren – James Maidment – Joseph Mainzer – Gertrude Elizabeth Mara – John Marckant – John Marsh (1750–1828) – George William Martin – George Martine (1635–1712) – Mary Masters – James Maxwell (1720–1800) – Alfred Mellon – Andrew Mercer – Richard Alfred Milliken – John Milton (1563?–1647) – William Henry Monk – Alexander Monro (d.1715?) – Thomas Moore (d.1792) – John Morison (1750–1798) – Nathaniel Morren – Thomas Molleson Mudie – James Nares – Laurence Cornelius Neilson – Sydney Nelson – Charles Nicholson – John Nicholson (1790–1843) – Richard Nicholson (d.1639) – Charles Nisbet – John Norman (1622–1669) – Thomas NorrisMarianne Nunn – William Orem – John Park (1804–1865) – John Parry (d.1782) – John Parry (1776–1851) – Elizabeth Parsons – Samuel Pearce – Henry Phillips – George Rawson – Joseph ReinagleHenry Brinley Richards – Joseph Richardson – John Ross (1763–1837) – Michael Desmond Ryan – Hew Scott – Andrew Shirrefs – William Shrubsole (1729–1797) – William Shrubsole (1760–1806) – John Sinclair (1791–1857) – Reginald Spofforth – Anne Steele – William Stenhouse – John Andrew Stevenson – John Templeton (1802–1886) – George Thomson (1757–1851) – Thomas Henry Weist-Hill – Thomas WelshAlice Mary Meadows White – John Wilson (1800–1849)


  1. ^ "Genealogy Scottish family birth records census ancestry Scotland uk - ScotlandsPeople". Retrieved 1 April 2016. 
  2. ^ According to his death certificate, available on the website www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk.
  3. ^ Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 [1]
  4. ^ Who Was Who entry.

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