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 >
Great God of Abraham, hear our prayer. T. Cotterill. [For the Conversion of the Jews.] First published in the 8th edition of his Selection, 1819, No. 242, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "For the conversion of the Jews." It was repeated in the 9th edition, 1820, and all subsequent reprints of that edition. It is in many modern hymn-books, although it is not so popular as of old; and in several it is ascribed to "Davies," an error which appeared in Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)