December 4, 1779, Cannock, Staffordshire, England.
December 29, 1823, Sheffield, England (Julian says the Gentlemen’s Magazine incorrectly published Cotterill’s death date as January 5, 1824).
After attending the local boarding school of Rev. J. Lomax, Cotterill went the Free School in Birmingham. He graduated from St. John’s College, Cambridge (BA 1801, MA 1805), of which he became a Fellow. Taking Holy Orders, he became Curate of Tutbury in June 1803. Subsequently, he was Incumbent of Lane End, Staffordshire (1808–17), and Perpetual Curate of St. Paul’s, Sheffield (1817–23).
Cotterill published his Family Prayers in six editions. Though he wrote some original hymns, he is better known as the compiler of A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for Public and Private Use, Adapted to the Festivals of the Church of England, which had a marked effect on modern hymnals (first edition 1810, ninth edition 1820). Cotterill himself contributed 25 original hymns and versions of individual psalms to the Selection.
- All Hail, Auspicious Morn
- Almighty Father, God of Grace
- Around Thy Table, Holy Lord
- Awake, O Sword, the Father Cried
- Awake, Ye Saints, Awake
- Before Thy Throne of Grace, O Lord
- Blessed Are They Who Mourn for Sin
- Eternal Spirit, God of Truth
- Father of Mercies, Let Our Songs
- From Sinai’s Mount, in Might Arrayed
- From Thine All Seeing Spirit, Lord
- God, in the Gospel of His Son
- Great God of Abraham!
- Help Us, O Lord, Thy Yoke to Wear
- I Love the Lord, for He Hath Heard
- I Was Alive Without the Law
- In All the Ways and Works of God
- In Memory of the Savior’s Love
- Jesus Exalted Far on High
- Let Songs of Praises Fill the Sky
- Lo, in the East Appears a Star
- Ancient Sages from Afar, The
- Lord, Cause Thy Face on Us to Shine
- Lord God of Hosts, by All Adored
- Lord, Who Once on Calvary, The
- Lord of the Sabbath, ’Tis Thy Day
- Lost in the Wildering Maze of Sin
- O’er the Realms of Pagan Darkness
- Out of the Deeps, O Lord, We Call
- Prepare Us, Lord, to View Thy Cross
- Spirit of Truth, Thy Grace Impart
- Thou Boundless Source of Every Good
- When Christ, Victorious from the Grave