Thomas Hayward, F.S.A. (1756) of Hungerford in Berkshire, compiled The British Muse (1738), reprinted as The Quintessence of English Poetry (1740). He would have known William Oldys, who wrote the preface. He is not the same as Thomas Hayward (1702-81), M.P. for Ludgershall.
The British muse: or a collection of thoughts of our English poets who flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries. 3 vols, 1738.