The Batten family were for some time the leading merchants of Penzance. Batten was educated at St Paul's School in London, Truro Grammar School, and Trinity College, Cambridge. He became a fellow of Trinity in 1801.
Batten became Professor of Classical Literature at the East India Company College on its opening in 1805. He married Catherine Maxwell on 4 July 1807. They lived at Hertingfordbury with their children, until Batten was appointed Principal (Master) of the College on 18 January 1815. Soon afterwards, he was made Doctor of Divinity by royal mandate. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1816.
He lived with his family at the Master's Lodge of the College, until he became disabled shortly before his death.
- Descent and Alliances of Croslegh et. al. by Charles Croslegh, privately printed at The De La More Press, London, 1904 pp.326ff
- Penzance: Lake’s Parochial History—1868 (Part 4) West Penwith Resources
- The Parochial History of Cornwall, volume III by Davies Gilbert (Ed.) London: J.B.Nicols & Son 1838 page 95
- Our Public Schools: Their Influence on English History page 261 by James George Cotton Minchin, London 1901 Swan Sonnenschein & Co
- "Batten, Joseph Hallet (BTN794JH)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- Descent and Alliances of Croslegh et. al. by Charles Croslegh, privately printed at The De La More Press, London, 1904 pp.330-333
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