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COLLINS , WILLIAM LUCAS ( 1815 - 1887 ), cleric and author .

He is best known as editor of the series Ancient Classics for English Readers , to which he himself contributed ten volumes — for a list of these and of his other works, and for an account of his clerical career in England , see the D.N.B.

He was an intimate friend of Anthony Trollope , whose novel Dr. Wortle's School was written in Collins 's rectory at Lowick, Northants. ( Sadleir , Trollope , 308, 394-5).

Collins was born at Oxwich in Gower , son of the Rev. John and Elizabeth Collins ’, and christened 23 May 1815 . He was and was at Jesus College , Oxford ; his father and grandfather held various benefices in Gower ( Foster , Alumni Oxon. ); his great-grandfather may have been the ‘ John Collins of Swansea , gent. ’ named in Foster . He himself was rector of Cheriton in Gower , 1840-67 . He died 24 March 1887 .


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959