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.
Published date: 1959
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