Thomas Cotterill was born in 1779; studied at S. John's College, Cambridge, graduating M.A.; ordained in 1806, and enterred upon parochial work at Tutbury; afterwards removed to Lane End, where he remained for nine years among the Potteries; in 1817, became perpetual Curate of S. Paul's, Sheffield. He died in 1823. He was the author of several books; among them, "A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for Public and Private Use, adapted to the Services of the Church of England." In the preparation of this collection (the 8th ed., 1819), he had the assistance of Montgomery, who in this work did what he condemned in others, viz., altering and remodeling other authors' hymns.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872.… Go to person page >
Almighty Father, God of grace. T. Cotterill. [For Pardon.] A metrical rendering of the Confession from the Book of Common Prayer given in his Selection 1810, and continued in later editions. The ascription here to Cotterill is based on the authority of two marked copies of the 8th edition of the Selection 1819, in the Brooke and Julian Libraries. Original text in Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory 1872, No. 451.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Almighty Father, God of grace, p. 52, ii. This hymn was first published in the Uttoxeter Collection, 1805.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)