|The Rt Revd
|Bishop of Grahamstown and Bishop of Edinburgh|
|In office||1812 – 1896|
|Died||16 April 1886
Henry Cotterill was born in Ampton in 1812 into an ecclesiastical family of committed Church Evangelicals. His father Joseph (1780 – 1858) was Rector of Blakeney, Norfolk, and a prebendary of Norwich Cathedral. His mother was a close friend of Hannah More. Educated at his father's old college, St John's College, Cambridge, he was both Senior Wrangler and headed the list of Classicists in 1835, on the strength of which he was elected as a Fellow of his college. Influenced by Charles Simeon, he was ordained in 1836 and went to India as Chaplain to the Madras Presidency the following year. Forced by malaria to return to England in 1846, he became inaugural Vice Principal and then the second Principal of Brighton College. In post less than six years, he reinvigorated the languishing infant school. In a whirlwind of energetic reform, he overhauled the curriculum by introducing the teaching of the sciences and oriental languages, restored discipline, launched a fund to build a chapel, built the first on-site boarding house and connected the school to the town's gas supply.
Bishop of Grahamstown
At the suggestion of the great Earl of Shaftesbury and Archbishop Sumner of Canterbury, he was nominated and consecrated in 1856 as the second Bishop of Grahamstown in South Africa. As was then customary, he was simultaneously created a doctor of divinity.
Cotterill was consecrated on 23 November 1856, and arrived in Grahamstown in May 1857. Bishop Cotterill's episcopate was occupied with the development and consolidation of his diocese, and with the institution of diocesan and provincial synods. The opening service of the first synod of the diocese was held in the Grahamstown Cathedral on 20 June 1860. It may be of interest to record that H. Blaine and F. Carlisle were the representatives of the Cathedral congregation at the synod.
Translation to Edinburgh
He married Anna Isabella Parnther who had been born in Jamaica in 1812. They had at least two daughters and four sons. The four boys all attended Brighton College. George Edward (1839 – 1913), a Cambridge cricket blue and Sussex cricketer, was briefly Headmaster of St Andrew's College, Grahamstown (1863 – 65) before returning to teach at Brighton College (1865 – 81). Henry Bernard (1846 – 1924) was an African missionary explorer and writer. Joseph Montagu (1851 – 1933) played cricket for Sussex and became President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and was knighted. Arthur John (1849 – 1915) was Engineer-in-Chief, Egyptian Railways.
His brother George was on the teaching staff of Brighton College 1849 – 51 before emigrating to New Zealand while, intriguingly, his youngest brother, James Henry, was a pupil at the school while he was the Principal. James Henry became Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich (1873 – 97) and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1878.
His published works include
- Does Science Aid Faith in Regard to Creation?. Kessinger Publishing. 2010. ISBN 978-1-164-62331-1.
- The Genesis of the Church. William Blackwood and Sons. 1872.
- The Seven Ages of the Church; Or, the Seven Apocalyptic Epistles Interpreted by Church History. George Bell. 1849.
- A Letter on the Present Position of the South African Church. Bell & Daldy. 1865.
- Revealed Religion Expounded by Its Relations to the Moral Being of God. Kessinger Publishing. 2010. ISBN 978-1-166-94841-2.
- My Work for God. Kessinger Publishing. 2010. ISBN 978-1-166-57964-7.
- On the True Relations of Scientific Thought and Religious Belief. Hardwicke & Bogue. 1878.
Notes and references
- Nutter 1911.
- Jones 1995.
- Craik 2008, pp. 254–.
- "Cotterill, Henry (CTRL829H)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- Neale 1907, p. 34.
- Johnson, Jon. "Details of HENRY COTTERILL". Details of Priests, Chaplains, Missionaries in Madras. Retrieved 2014-09-08.
- Jones 1995, pp. 26, 41.
- Jones 1995, pp. 41 – 46, 50, 53 – 54, 116 – 117.
- Jones 1995, p. 46.
- Cotton 1856.
- "Consecration Of Bishops". The Ipswich Journal. 29 November 1856. p. 1 col F. Retrieved 2014-09-08 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- Hefling & Shattuck 2008.
- The New Bishop Of Edinburgh.-The Right Rev H. Cotterill The Times Friday, Apr 28, 1871; p. 11; Issue 27049; col D
- Obituary For 1886 The Times Saturday, Jan 01, 1887; p. 3; Issue 31958; col E
- 1851 Census for 133 Marine Parade, Brighton plus biographical information in Brighton College Archives
- "Death Of Bishop Cotterill". Dundee Courier. 20 April 1886. p. 2 col G. Retrieved 2014-09-08 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- Jones, Martin D. W. (1995). Brighton College, 1845 – 1995. Phillimore. ISBN 978-0-85033-978-9.
- Nutter, Charles S. (1911). The Hymns and Hymn Writers of the Church. Nashville, New York and Cincinnati: Eaton & Mains, Jennings &. Graham, Smith & Lamar.
- Craik, Alex D. D. (2008). Mr Hopkins' Men: Cambridge Reform and British Mathematics in the 19th Century. Springer. ISBN 978-1-84628-791-6.
- Neale, Charles Montague (1907). The senior wranglers of the University of Cambridge, from 1748 to 1907. With biographical, & c., notes. Bury St. Edmunds: Groom and Son. Retrieved 2011-03-04.
- Hefling, Charles; Shattuck, Cynthia (2008). The Oxford Guide to the Book of Common Prayer A Worldwide Survey. Oxford University Press, USA. ISBN 978-0-19-529762-1.
- Cotton, George Edward Lynch (1856). The true strength and mission of the church : a sermon. London: Rivingtons.
|Anglican Church of Southern Africa titles|
|Bishop of Grahamstown
1856 – 1871
Nathaniel James Merriman
|Scottish Episcopal Church titles|
|Bishop of Edinburgh
1871 – 1886