West Glamorgan Archive Service

Collins Collection

Reference code(s): GB 0216 RISW Co

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Title: Collins Collection

Short title: Collins, John, (rector) of Oxwich, Gower, deeds and documents

Dates of creation: 1430-1890

Level of description: fonds

Extent and medium: 0.126 cubic metres (14 boxes)

Name of creator(s): The Collins Family


Administrative and biographical history: John Collins was a mercer and merchant in Swansea. He had two sons, John who took Holy Orders and Charles who became a prominent Swansea surgeon and Alderman. The Reverend John Collins ([c. 1740]-1813) was Rector of Oxwich from 1772 until his death in 1813. He was also admitted as Rector of Loughor in the same year. In later years he held the livings of Penrice, Nicholaston and Llanrhidian. His son John (1783-1854) also took Holy Orders and held the living of Ilston and after his father's death became the Rector of Oxwich and Nicholaston. In turn his son William Lucas Collins (1815-1887) became Rector of Cheriton. The Collins family well known within the area and in Swansea exercised a powerful influence over church life in Gower for many years. These papers contain deeds and document relating to the Collins family from their origins in Carmarthen through to their influence in Gower church life.


Scope and content: Deeds and documents of properties in Glamorgan,1481-1890; Deeds and documents of properties in Carmarthen, 1430-1809; Receipts and accounts, 1714-1836; Correspondence, 1703-1804; Legal papers, 1681-1884; Personal and family papers, 1666-1880, including: Papers relating to Reverend Robert Wells, 1794-1812; Papers relating to Reverend William Collins, 1703-1728; Papers relating to Reverend John Collins ([c. 1740]-1813), 1748-1809.


Language/script: English and Latin.

System of arrangement: This catalogue lists the items chronologically under the headings stated in Scope and content.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the West Glamorgan Archive Service. The catalogue can be accessed online.
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records transferred to the West Glamorgan Archive Service have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Immediate source of acquisition: The records were originally held at The Royal Institution of South Wales, Swansea. From 1966 onwards the records were moved to the library in the University College, Swansea in consignments. They were transferred to West Glamorgan Archive Service in the Spring of 2004 as part of The Royal Institution of South Wales Collection.



Publication note: For further information on the Collins family see Gower Vol. 38 pp. 45-59, 'John Collins of Oxwich' by Robert Lucas and Gower Vol. 50 pp. 80-95, 'Ilston Church and its Clergy' by Margaret Walker.

Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Katie Millien for the West Glamorgan Archive Service.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of description: Prior to 16-11-2004; Source amended by ANW project, January 2005.



Account books | Wales | Swansea

Church records and registers | Wales, South

Deeds | Wales, South

Family archives | Wales | Swansea

Legal documents | Wales

Personal archives | Wales | Oxwich

Personal names

Collins, John, ca. 1740-1813

Corporate names