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 board­ing school of J. Lo­max, Cot­terill went to the Free School in Birm­ing­ham. He then stu­died at 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.

  1. All Hail, Aus­pi­cious Morn
  2. Almighty Fa­ther, God of Grace
  3. Around Thy Ta­ble, Ho­ly Lord
  4. Awake, O Sword, the Fa­ther Cried
  5. Awake, Ye Saints, Awake
  6. Before Thy Throne of Grace, O Lord
  7. Blessed Are They Who Mourn for Sin
  8. Eternal Spir­it, God of Truth
  9. Father of Mer­cies, Let Our Songs
  10. From Si­nai’s Mount, in Might Ar­rayed
  11. From Thine All See­ing Spir­it, Lord
  12. God, in the Go­spel of His Son
  13. Great God of Ab­ra­ham!
  14. Help Us, O Lord, Thy Yoke to Wear
  15. I Love the Lord, for He Hath Heard
  16. I Was Alive With­out the Law
  17. In All the Ways and Works of God
  18. In Me­mo­ry of the Sav­ior’s Love
  19. Jesus Ex­alt­ed Far on High
  20. Let Songs of Prais­es Fill the Sky
  21. Lo, in the East Ap­pears a Star
    • Ancient Sag­es from Afar, The
  22. Lord, Cause Thy Face on Us to Shine
  23. Lord God of Hosts, by All Adored
  24. Lord, Who Once on Cal­va­ry, The
  25. Lord of the Sab­bath, ’Tis Thy Day
  26. Lost in the Wil­der­ing Maze of Sin
  27. O’er the Realms of Pa­gan Dark­ness
  28. Out of the Deeps, O Lord, We Call
  29. Prepare Us, Lord, to View Thy Cross
  30. Spirit of Truth, Thy Grace Im­part
  31. Thou Bound­less Source of Ev­ery Good
  32. When Christ, Vic­to­ri­ous from the Grave