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

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 b. at Oxwich in Gower , christened 23 May 1815 , 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 , 1840-7 . He d. 24 March 1887 .

Author:

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

Corrections and additions:

COLLINS , WILLIAM LUCAS ( DWB , 81).

Add ‘son of the Rev. John and Elizabeth Collins ’. He was rector of Cheriton in Gower , 1840-67 , not 1840-7 .

Author:

Published date: 1959