COOTE, Maud (née Oswell). b. Whittington, Shropshire, 1851; d. Westminster, London, 18 March 1935. Little is known of Maud Oswell’s life, except the dates and places above (from Shropshire Baptism Records and HymnQuest) and that she married Mr Coote (she appears as ‘Mrs. Coote’ in EH, which is misleading, because her hymns must have been written before she was twenty). She was certainly active as a writer and in church work as a young woman, because what little is known of her life is taken by JJ, p. 1558, from the notes to the annotated edition of Church Hymns (1881), which states that ‘The strain of joy and gladness’, one of two of her hymns in Church Hymns (1871, Church Hymns with Tunes,...
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