Heginbothom, Ottiwell, born in 1744, and died in 1768, was for a short time the Minister of a Nonconformist congregation at Sudbury, Suffolk. The political and religious disputes which agitated the congregation, in the origin of which he had no part, and which resulted in a secession and the erection of another chapel, so preyed upon his mind, and affected his health, that his pastorate terminated with his death within three years of his appointment. His earliest hymn, "When sickness shakes the languid corse [frame]," was printed in the Christian Magazine, Feb. 1763. In 1791 the Rev. John Mead Ray communicated several of Heginbothom's hymns to the Protestant Magazine; and in the same year, these and others to the number of 25, were publishe… Go to person page >
Father of mercies, God of love; My [Our] Father and my [our] God. O. Heginbothom. [Praise to and Adoration of the Father.] Published in his (posthumous) Hymns by the late Rev. Ottiwell Heginbothom, of Sudbury, Suffolk, 1794; and in J. M. Ray's Collection of Hymns, &c, 1799. It is in common use in Great Britain and America, and is sometimes attributed to T. Raffles in error. It is also in limited use as, "Father of mercies, God of love, Our Father, and our God."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)