Richard Collins, Baron Collins

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Richard Henn Collins, Baron Collins, PC, KC (31 January 1842 3 January 1911) was an Anglo-Irish lawyer and judge.[1]


Born in Dublin, Collins was educated at The Royal School, Dungannon, Trinity College, Dublin, and Downing College, Cambridge.[2]

In 1867, he was called to the English bar and joined the northern circuit. He was made a Queen's Counsel in 1883 and a judge in 1891.[1]

Having made a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1897, he was appointed also to the Privy Council. In October 1901, Collins became Master of the Rolls after the death of Sir Archibald Smith,[3] and the following month was appointed to the accompanying post of Chairman of the Historical Manuscripts Commission.[4] He received the honorary degree LL.D. from the University of Cambridge in May 1902.[5] On 6 March 1907 he was appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, receiving additionally a life peerage with the title Baron Collins, of Kensington in the County of London. He resigned as Lord of Appeal on 9 January 1910.[1]

Lord Collins was judge of the first trial against Oscar Wilde on 3 April 1895 (as noted in "The Trials of Oscar Wilde", by H. Montgomery Hyde (1962) at p97). He represented Great Britain on the Venezuela Boundary Commission, established to adjudicate in the boundary dispute between British Guiana and Venezuela in 1899. In 1904, he was chairman of the commission which investigated the case of Adolf Beck.[1]

Funerary monument, Brompton Cemetery, London.

He died at Hove, East Sussex[1]


His wife, Jane Ogle, Baroness Collins (d.1934), is buried in Brompton Cemetery.



  1. 1 2 3 4 5 [Anon.] (1911) "Richard Henn Collins, Baron Collins Of Kensington", Encyclopaedia Britannica
  2. "Collins, Richard Henn (CLNS863RH)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 27367. p. 6847. 22 October 1901.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 27378. p. 7471. 19 November 1901.
  5. "University intelligence". The Times (36779). London. 28 May 1902. p. 12.


Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "article name needed". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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