William Lucas Collins

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Rev William Lucas Collins (baptised 23 May 1815 – 24 March 1887) was a Church of England priest and essayist.

Life and career[edit]

William Lucas Collins was born in 1815 at Oxwich, near Swansea, Glamorgan, south Wales. He was sent to be educated at Rugby School (1829–33) and Jesus College, Oxford (matriculating in 1833, obtaining a BA in Literae Humaniores in 1838 and his MA in 1841).[1]

He was ordained in 1840 and held the benefice of the parish of Cheriton, Swansea from 1840 until 1867. He also held positions as curate of Great Houghton, Northamptonshire (1853 to 1862), a diocesan inspector of education, rector of St Peter's Church, Lowick (1873 to his death) and vicar of Slipton, Northamptonshire (1876 to his death). He was an honorary Canon of Peterborough Cathedral from 1870.[1]

He was also a writer, contributing articles on university life and public schools to Blackwood's Magazine. He also edited volumes on Homer's Iliad and Thucydides for the publisher John Blackwood's series Ancient Classics for English Readers.[1]

Collins died on 24 March 1887, in Lowick rectory.[1] His son was the author and first-class cricketer William Collins.[2]



  1. ^ a b c d Cooper 1887.
  2. ^ "At the Circulating Library Author Information: William Edmund Wood Collins". At the Circulating Library. Retrieved 5 August 2019.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainCooper, Thompson (1887). "Collins, William Lucas". In Stephen, Leslie (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 11. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 381.


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