Haymo (d.1054) (DNB00)

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HAYMO or HAIMO (d. 1054), archdeacon of Canterbury, is alleged to have left England during the invasion by the Danes, and, going to France, to have become a monk at St. Denys, and eventually doctor of divinity and professor at Paris. The latter statement is without foundation. He afterwards returned to England, became archdeacon of Canterbury, and died 2 Oct. 1054. Haymo of Canterbury is frequently confused with his namesake the bishop of Halberstadt. Tanner distinguishes between them, but even in the list of works which he assigns to the archdeacon of Canterbury, there are several which undoubtedly belong to the bishop; it cannot be regarded as certain that any of them belong to the archdeacon. Boston of Bury mentions that he had seen several of Haymo's works in libraries, but in some cases where his references can be traced the works alluded to are evidently copies of works by Haymo of Halberstadt. Haymo's supposed writings consist of commentaries on portions of the Bible and some other theological treatises; a list of them will be found in Tanner's ‘Bibliotheca Britannico-Hibernica.’ A list of the commentaries by one of the Haymos which were formerly in the library at Christ Church, Canterbury, will be found in Edwards's ‘Memoirs of Libraries,’ i. 140.

[Bale, ii. 49; Pits, p. 186; Tanner's Bibl. Brit.-Hib. p. 386; Du Boulay's Hist. Univ. Paris, i. 598; Fabricius, Bibl. Lat. Med. Æv. iii. 180, ed. 1754; Wright's Biog. Brit. Lit., Anglo-Saxon Period, p. 510.]

C. L. K.