World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Richard Collins, Baron Collins

Francis Derwent Wood's Lord Henn-Collins
Lord Collins.

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


  • Life 1
  • Family 2
  • Cases 3
  • References 4
  • Bibliography 5
  • External links 6


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 https://articles/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. ^ a b c d e [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 (London). Wednesday, 28 May 1902. (36779), p. 12.


Legal offices
Preceded by
Sir Archibald Smith
Master of the Rolls
Succeeded by
Sir Herbert Cozens-Hardy

External links


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.