October 31, 1825, Colyton, Devonshire, England.

May 21, 1897.

Saint Andrews Eastern Cemetery, The Pends, Fife, Scotland.


The following text was adapted from a talk given by Gar­eth J. Tut­tiett, to the Som­ers­et & Dor­set Family History Society, at Street Library, So­mer­set, United King­dom, in 1991.

William [Tut­tiett]’s youngest son, Law­rence (sometimes spelt Laur­ence, but in the Parish Register, it is definitely Law­rence) was born in Col­y­ton, De­von, and baptised on 31 October 1825. He, like his two brothers, Frank and Hen­ry, was educated at Christ’s Hospital and at King’s College, Lon­don, where he came under the influence of Mau­rice and Kings­ley. He intended to devote himself to the study medicine but was called to Holy Orders in 1848. By 1849, he had become a priest, and the following year became curate at St. Paul’s, Wil­ton Place, Knights­bridge, Lon­don. Then in 1850, he became Curate of St. Tho­mas’ and later Holy Trinity in Ryde, on the Isle of Wight He was off again, in 1853 to become Curate at Long­ton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staf­ford­shire.

The Reverend Law­rence was instituted as Curate at Lea Mars­ton, War­wick­shire, in 1854, and from September 1868 until towards the end of 1869 he was vicar. The annual vestry meetings show that he regularly took the chair. In 1854, Law­rence married Hel­en Car­ne­gy and they lived at Mars­ton Parsonage. Hel­en Hun­ter, their daughter, was christened on the 14th October, 1855 and Law­rence, as curate, performed the ceremony himself.

He was an active member of the Parent Society, and in 1859, he visited Swan­sea for the meeting of the National Education Society of Swan­sea. The Cam­bri­an, of 9th September, 1859, has a paragraph, in which Law­rence speaks in support of the resolution to give £550 to the Swan­sea National Schools. I quote, The Rev. L Tutt­iett, deputation from the Parent Society, seconded the resolution, and in doing so referred to the necessity which still existed for the establishment of schools in rural and agricultural districts. He also contended that one of the fundamental principles of the National Society was, that the church catechism should be taught in every school where assistance was granted. This he maintained, as a member of the established church, was necessary, and could not be abandoned without impairing the efficiency of the whole system of the education now taught in these schools.

He served as Rector at the Scot­tish Epis­co­pal Church of St. An­drew, Queen’s Gardens, St. An­drews, Fife (1870–93). In 1877 he was nominated as Canon of St. Nin­i­an’s Cathedral, Perth­shire, which post he held until his death on 21 June 1897 at his residence at 3 Abbots­ford Cres­cent, St. An­drew’s. According to the Death Roll for Law­rence, which appeared in the Daily Chronicle, 24th May, 1897, At St. An­drews, which is crowded in the golfing season with Eng­lish visitors, he attracted to his beautiful church many distinguished men, and was particularly a friend of the late Prince Le­o­pold. To the students at St. Ma­ry’s College, in the university, he was ever kind, helpful, and considerate, and was wont to delight them with reminiscences of his own laborious days at King’s College, Lon­don.

Tuttiett wrote many poems, devotional and theological books, but is better known for his hymns, the most well known being, Father let me dedicate. John Ju­li­an in his work Dictionary of Hym­nol­o­gy states, Mr. Tut­ti­ett’s hymns are char­ac­ter­ised by smoothness of rhythm, direction of aim, simplicity of language, and deep earnestness. Those for special services and seasons are of great merit.

Tuttiett’s works include:

  1. As Calmly in the Glowing West
  2. As Now Thy Children Lowly Kneel
  3. Come, Our Father’s Voice Is Calling
  4. Father, Let Me Dedicate
  5. Give Light, O Lord
  6. Go Forward, Christian Soldier
  7. Grant Us Thy Light
  8. I Come, O Father Kind
  9. Lo, Like a Bride in Pure Array
  10. No Sign We Ask from Heaven Above
  11. Now, Eternal Father, Bless
  12. O Grant Us Light
  13. O Happy Christian Children
  14. O Jesu, Ever Present
  15. O Quickly Come, Dread Judge of All
  16. Shepherd, Good and Gracious
  17. Sometimes o’er Our Pathway
  18. When the World Is Brightest
  19. Who Is This? The Long Expected

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