(William) Herbert Washington Collins

Worshipful Master 1903

William Herbert Washington Collins, referred to as ‘H Collins’ in the Minutes and as ‘Herbert Collins’ in some census returns, was born on 14th November 1858 in Islington, London, one of eight children of Lewis Collins, a jeweller and his wife Mary Elizabeth Wright.


Herbert spent most of his life as an Engraver, something he appears to have been successful at as at the time of his death he left an estate equivalent to over one millions pounds at today’s money.

Herbert married relatively late in life to Hannah Warens (possibly Hannah Warus) a widow, on 6th September 1913 at St. Marks Church, Myddleton Square, London. Prior to his marriage Herbert tended to move around but lived most of his life in or close to the City of London, including at 69 Myddleton Square. Although their times in the Square do not appear to have overlapped, it seems Samuel John Hodson, Worshipful Master in 1868, also resided in Myddleton Square.

Herbert was the recipient of London Rank and a member of the lodge for 49 years until his death in Folkstone on 6th January 1937.

After his death, Herbert’s widow Hannah presented two oil on canvas paintings by an unknown artist to the Bruce Castle Museum in Tottenham, North London. These can be viewed HERE and HERE .

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