William Collins (bishop)

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William Edward Collins (18 February 1867 – 22 March 1911) was an Anglican bishop, Bishop of Gibraltar[1] from 1904 until his death.[2][3]

The Right Reverend

William Edward Collins
Bishop of Gibraltar
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PredecessorCharles Sandford
SuccessorHenry Knight
Personal details
Born18 February 1867
London, England
Died22 March 1911(1911-03-22) (aged 44)
Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
ParentsJoseph Henry Collins and Frances Miriam Denny


William Edward Collins was the second son of Joseph Henry Collins, a mining engineer and writer on geology. He was born in London, but his father moved to Cornwall while he was a child. One of his brothers was Arthur L. Collins, a mining engineer who was murdered in the United States. He was educated at Nuttall's and Chancellor's schools in Truro and at Selwyn College, Cambridge.[4] Ordained in 1891,[5] he began his career as a Curate at All Hallows-by-the-Tower in the City of London. After a short spell as a Lecturer at his old college he became Professor of Ecclesiastical History at King's College London where he remained until his elevation to the Episcopate. As Bishop of Gibraltar he worked from The Convent, which was the residence of the Governor of Gibraltar, although he had his own house in Malta.[6] He was consecrated a bishop on the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul 1904 (25 January), at Westminster Abbey by Randall Davidson, Archbishop of Canterbury.[7] A Sub-Prelate of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, he died on 22 March 1911 in Constantinople.[6] He is interred at the St. John the Evangelist's Anglican Church, Izmir in Turkey.

Collins' life was described in a biography by Arthur James Mason.


  1. ^ Bishops of Gibraltar
  2. ^ Obituary The Bishop Of Gibraltar The Times Saturday, Mar 25, 1911; pg. 11; Issue 39542; col B
  3. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  4. ^ "Collins, William Edward (CLNS884WE)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  5. ^ The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, John Phillips, 1900
  6. ^ a b Mason, Arthur James (1912). Life of William Edward Collins, Bishop of Gibraltar. Longmans, Green.
  7. ^ "Consecration of bishops". Church Times (#2140). 29 January 1904. p. 131. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 20 September 2020 – via UK Press Online archives.
Church of England titles
Preceded by Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe
1904– 1911
Succeeded by