Born: December 10, 1862, Hull, Yorkshire, England.
Died: August 30, 1926, Skirlaugh, Yorkshire, England.
Pseudonym: Colin Sterne (an anagram of the letters from his name).
Originally planning to be an engineer, Nichol switched his studies to music, graduating from Oxford University (BM 1888).
Most of his hymn tunes were written for Sunday School anniversaries.