Social Victorians/People/Arthur Collins

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

  • Family name: Collins
  • Major Arthur Collins
  • Captain Arthur Collins
  • Colonel Arthur Collins
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Collins

Demographics[edit | edit source]

  • Nationality:

Residences[edit | edit source]

  • 1891 December 16 Collins lived at 24 St. James's Street, S.W.

Family[edit | edit source]

  • Father, Reverend John Ferdinando Collins (1812–1889)
  • Sarah Hawthorne Collins (1809–1906)
  1. John Ferdinando (1837–1910)
  2. Henry (1839–1914)
  3. Charles (1841–1907)
  4. Robert Hawthorne (3 August 1841 – 2 November 1908)
  5. Emley Jane, later Emily (1842–1900)
  6. Fanny Katherine (1844–1850)
  7. Arthur (26 June 1845 – 21 November 1911)
  8. Francis (1851–1878)

Relations[edit | edit source]

  • Lord and Lady Wantage


  • Jane Hawthorne (aged 30 in 1851, born in Scotland)
  • Robert Hawthorn (1861 census)
  • Sarah Hawthorn (1861 census)
  • Sister in law, Lucy L Wightwich (1881 census)

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

Acquaintances[edit | edit source]

  • Dion Clayton Calthrop (1878–1937), married to Mary Violey Clayton Calthrop. Or did they know the Arthur Collins at the Drury Lane? Dion Clayton Calthrop, My Own Trumpet: Being the Story of My Life. 1935.
  • Seigfried Sassoon? Search for "Arthur Collins Cyrill Flower" turns up this memoir: Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man.
  • The Royal Family
  • Princess Louise and the Marquis of Lorne
  • Sophia Macnamara
  • Arthur Sullivan
  • Fanny Ronalds
  • Alexander Yorke
  • The "Gordon Camp" Committee
    • The Right Hon. the Lord Mayor, M.P.
    • Cardinal Manning
    • the Duke of Westminster, K.G.
    • Earl of Sandwich
    • Earl of Shaftesbury, K.G.
    • Earl Waldegrave
    • Earl of Carnarvon
    • Earl of Wemyss
    • the Bishop of Ripon
    • Lord Monteagle
    • Lord Harris
    • Lord Tennyson
    • Colonel Lord William Seymour
    • Colonel Right Hon. Frederick Stanley, M.P.
    • Colonel Sir Loyd Lindsay, V.C., M.P.
    • Lieut.-General Higginson, C.B.
    • Lieut.-General Batten
    • Colonel E. C. Gordon, K.G.
    • Colonel A. Hamilton, R.E.
    • Colonel Deeds
    • Colonel Philip Smith, C.B.
    • Major Anstruther, R.A.
    • Mr. Thomas Hughes, Q.C.
  • Lieutenant Guy du Maurier, 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers (1885 March 2, presented by Collins to the Prince of Wales at a Levee)

Friends[edit | edit source]

  • the Rothschilds, especially Constance, Countess of Battersea and Cyril Flower, Count of Battersea
  • Princess Louise
  • The Marquis of Lorne
  • Brett Harte
  • Sir Vivian Majendie?
  • The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon?
  • W. Herbert Evans (Collins was best man at his wedding)
  • Doctor George C. Martin (?: Collins presented him to the Prince of Wales at a Levee, 1896)
  • Secretaries of the "Gordon Camp" Committee seem to me to be likely closer than acquaintances
    • Lord Francis Hervey
    • Mr. Orlando Bridgeman

Organizations[edit | edit source]

  • 57th Regiment
  • Household of Princess Louise and the Marquis of Lorne — technically as Equerry for Princess Louise, he was a member of Victoria's household.
  • The "Gordon Camp" committee, Collins was one of three secretaries

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1860s and 1870s[edit | edit source]

1864 December 23, from the War Office: <quote>57th Foot -- Arthur Collins, gent., to be ensign by purchase, vice George Cummin, who retires</quote> (NaM).

1868 March 17, Tuesday, beginning about 2 p.m., Ensign Arthur Collins, 57th Regiment, was presented <quote>by Colonel Loyd Lindsay, V.C., M.P.,</quote> to the Prince of Wales, standing in for Queen Victoria, at a Levee at St. James's Palace (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000051/18680318/015/0005). It looks like Arthur Collins' brother, R. H. Collins, was presented at the same levee, in his case by the Lord Chamberlain.

1868 October 29, from the War Office: <quote>57th Foot — Lieutenant Henry Miller Powell to be captain, by purchase, vice Edward Mills, who retires; Ensign Arthur Collins to be lieutenant, by purchase, vice Powell; George Chardin Denton, gent., to be ensign by purchase, vice Collins.</quote> (WOPMO29)

1873 June 24, Tuesday, Collins promoted to Captain in the 57th Foot (WOPM1873-06-25).

1878, Princess Louise and the Marquis of Lorne went to Canada.

1880s[edit | edit source]

1880 January 20, Tuesday, along with Lady Sophia Macnamara and Dr. Royle, Collins was in attendance on Princess Louise at an "at home" reception in her honor at the Grosvenor Gallery hosted by Sir Coutts and Lady Lindsay; this was a major social event, possibly for the Marlborough House Set as well (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18800121/023/0005).

1880 April 12, Monday, <quote>Kensington Palace, April 12. — Her Royal Highness the Princess Louise, Marchioness of Lorne, has been pleased to appoint Captain Arthur Collins, of the 57th Regiment, to be Equerry to her Royal Highness</quote> (FtLGoTA13).

1881 February 21, Monday, the Prince of Wales hosted a Queen's Levee at St. James's Palace; Collins was presented as Equerry to Princess Louise by the Duke of Connaught (Prince Arthur) (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18810222/035/0006).

1881 February 26, Saturday, <quote>Her Royal Highness Princess Louise (Marchioness of Lorne), attended by Lady Sophia Macnamara and Captain Arthur Collins, called at Claridge's on Friday, and among the other visitors were: -- Their Excellencies the Austro-Hungarian Ambassador, the Russian Ambassador, the Persian Minister, and the United States Minister; the Duke and Duchess of Bedford, Earl and Countess Spencer, Earl and Countess Cairns, Lord and Lady Tenterden, Lord Radstock, General Sir Francis Seymour, Colonel and Lady Emily Kingscote, and Mr. and Lady Margaret Beaumont.</quote> (TQoSaN))

1881 April 28, Thursday, Princess Louise visited the Victoria Hospital for Sick Children, attended by Lady Sophia Macnamara and Captain Arthur Collins; she spoke to each child and left toys. <quote>An entertainment is to be given by Mrs. Freake in aid of the new out-patients' wing on May 9th, at Cromwell House, S.W.</quote> (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000051/18810429/016/0005).

1881 May 23, Monday afternoon, beginning about 2 p.m., Collins attended a Queen's Levee hosted by the Prince of Wales at St. James's Palace (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/BL/0000174/18810524/030/0005).

1881 June 24, Friday, Collins, along with Lady Sophia Macnamara, attended Princess Louise as she <quote>visited the Home of the National Society for the Protection of Young Girls, situated on Wanstead-flats</quote> (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18810627/014/0003).

1881 July 5, <quote>Her Royal Highness the Princess Louise attended by Lady Sophia Macnamara and Captain Arthur Collins, visited the Duke of York's School, Chelsea, yesterday morning and inspected the boys and schools. </quote> (HRH)

1881 July 14, Thursday afternoon, beginning about 2 p.m., Garden Party at Marlborough House for the Queen; Collins is listed as having been invited, as are Mrs. Ronalds, Arthur Sullivan, and a number other familiar names (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/BL/0000174/18810716/051/0005).

1881 July 22, Friday, Collins is listed as invited to a party at Marlborough House, apparently on his own account.

1882 March 18, Saturday, Collins was present at a dinner party hosted by the Prince and Princess of Wales at Marlborough House, in attendance on Princess Louise along with Lady Sophia Macnamara (TPaPoW).

1882 April 27, Thursday, Princess Louise walked in the procession for Leopold's wedding, attended by Collins and Macnamara, who carried her train (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18820427/062/0005).

1882 July 13, Thursday, the Prince and Princess of Wales hosted a Garden Party at Marlborough House for the Queen; Collins is listed as having been invited (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/BL/0000174/18820714/034/0005).

1883, the Marquis of Lorne returned from Canada.

1883 January 12, Friday, Osborne, <quote>Major Arthur Collins arrived at Osborne yesterday [Friday] and had the honour of dining with her Majesty. </quote> (CC18830115).

1883 July 21–23, Saturday through Monday, can't tell for sure which day, afternoon: Garden Party at Marlborough House, Collins listed as having been invited (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/BL/0000174/18830724/060/0005). The newsprint on the first page is very damaged, but it gets better on the next page.

1883 November 5, Monday around 11 a.m., the ship carrying Princess Louise and the Marquis of Lorne from Canada arrived in Liverpool amid much ceremony (AofPLatMoL). The "suite" was made up of <quote>Miss M'Neill, Miss Hervey, Colonel F. De Winton (private secretary), Mrs. De Winton, Lord John Hervey, Mr. Josselyn Bagot, A.D.C., and Major Arthur Collins</quote>, and they were met by Prince Leopold; his secretary, Collins' brother Robert Collins; and also Lady Sophia Macnamara among many others. The party finally reached Kensington Palace about 9 p.m.

1884 March 19, Wednesday, Windsor Castle, <quote>Her Majesty's dinner party included their Royal Highnesses Princess Louise, Marchioness of Lorne, and Princess Beatrice, his Serene Highness the Prince of Leiningen, G.C.B., the Marquis of Lorne, the Countess of Erroll, Lady in Waiting to her Majesty; Lady Sophia Macnamara, in attendance on Princess Louise; Mrs. Drummond of Megginch, the Very Rev. Randall Davidson, Dean of Windsor: Major-General Sir J. C. M'Neil, V.C., K.C.B., Equerry in Waiting; and Major Arthur Collins, Equerry to Princess Louise.</quote> (CC18840320) According to the Morning Post, Princess Louise and the Marquis of Lorne, Lady Sophia Macnamara and Collins left Windsor at 10:20 a.m. for London (CC18840320MP).

1884 April 5, Saturday, the funeral of Prince Leopold. Collins did not take part in the procession, although Robert did, carrying Leopold's coronet, apparently having accompanied his body from Cannes; Arthur Collins sat in the choir during the service itself with other members of the Queen's household, may have been present during other events associated with the funeral, including services the next day (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000183/18840407/045/0005; http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/BL/0000174/18840407/045/0005).

1884 July 2, Wednesday, Collins attended a reception hosted by the Marquis of Hartington in honor of the Duke of Cambridge.

1884 July 3, Thursday, Count Münster held a reception at the German Embassy.

1884 July 5, Saturday morning, Collins and Macnamara were in attendance on Princess Louise and the Marquis of Lorne; Louise was present to award ribbons to the winners of the London School Board schools for boys' drill in Hyde Park (SBDC).

1884 July 25, Friday, Collins was in attendance on Princess Louise along with Lady Sophia Macnamara at a Garden Party at Marlborough House (GPaMH).

1885 January, the first week, Collins seems to have visited on his own account: <quote>The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon have entertained a succession of visitors at Highclere Castle during the past week, previous to their departure for Italy, including Viscount Ebrington and Lady Frances Fortescue, Viscount Lymington and Lady Camilla Wallop, Sir George Dasent, Major Arthur Collins, Mr. A. Williams Wynn, Miss Lowther, Miss Leyborne-Popham, Mr. Arthur Dasent, and Mr. Charles Bridgeman.</quote> (CC18850106)

1885 March 2, Monday, afternoon, Collins presented Lieutenant Guy du Maurier, 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers, to the Prince of Wales at a Levee at St. James's Palace (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000183/18850303/017/0003).

1885 March 17, Tuesday night, apparently on his own account Collins attended the Duchess of Bedford's reception, or "evening party," at her residence in Eaton Square.

1885 May 6, Wednesday, the London Daily News reported on the formation of the "Gordon Camp" and its committee; the office is at Collins' home and he is one of the secretaries: <quote>A memorial to General Gordon has been set on foot in the shape of a "Gordon Camp" in the neighbourbood of Aldershot, in which to train poor and destitute boys for the army. The original suggestion appeared in a letter from Mr. Hallam Tennyson early in March, stating that Gordon himself had wished for such a camp. Subjoined are the names of the committee -- The Right Hon. the Lord Mayor, M.P., Cardinal Manning, the Duke of Westminster, K.G., Earl of Sandwich, Earl of Shaftesbury, K.G., Earl Waldegrave, Earl of Carnarvon, Earl of Wemyss, the Bishop of Ripon, Lord Monteagle, Lord Harris, Lord Tenoyson, Colonel Lord William Seymour, Colonel Right Hon. Frederick Stanley, M.P., Colonel Sir Loyd Lindsay, V.C. M.P., Lieut.-General Higginson, C.B., Lieut.-General Batten, Colonel E. C. Gordon, K.G., Colonel A. Hamilton, R.E., Colonel Deeds, Colonel Philip Smith, C.B., Major Anstruther, R.A., Mr. Thomas Hughes, Q.C. Hon. secretaries, Lord Francis Hervey, Mr. Orlando Bridgeman, and Lieut.-Colonel Arthur Collins. "Gordon Camp" Office, 24, St. James's-street. -- The Earl of Shaftesbury writes -- "Most readily will I join your committee for the formation of a scheme to train boys for the army, and most readily will I give you both time and money as soon as it shall please God to bless me with a return of strength. I have seen the unspeakable value of our training ships in preparing the most destitute of lads for the Royal or mercantile marine." Miss Gordon writes, "I fully agree that there could be no more fitting memorial than the one you propose." The committee have made a "Penny Memorial," so that it will be in the power of all to contribute, and all subscriptions of a penny or upwards will be received by the hon. secretaries, Lord Francis Hervey, Mr. Orlando Bridgeman, Lieut.-Col. Arthur Collins, "Gordon Camp Office," 24, St. James's-street, S.W.; the bank, London and Westminster, St. James's-square. Cheques to be crossed to the "Gordon Camp Fund."</quote> ("'Gordon Camp' Penny Memorial").

1885 May 19, Tuesday afternoon, Collins was in attendance on Princess Louise at a meeting to found the General Gordon League.

1885 July 24, Friday, the Prince and Princess of Wales hosted a ball at Marlborough House to which Collins is listed as having been invited (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18850725/045/0005).

1886 March 5, Friday, Princess Louise and the Marquis of Lorne were present at St. James's Hall to distribute prizes for the Girls' Public School Company, Limited (EducationOfGirls).

1886 March 9, Tuesday, Collins was apparently invited on his own account to a reception at the Russian Embassy.

1886 March 13, Saturday evening, Collins seems to have been invited on his own account to a reception hosted by the French Ambassador and his wife, Madame Waddington after a much smaller dinner.

1886 April 6, Tuesday, Collins was apparently invited on his own account to a reception at the German Embassy.

1886 May 3, Monday, Collins was present at a Queen's Levee at St. James's Palace held by the Prince of Wales (Queen'sLevee1886-05-06).

1886 May 4, Tuesday about noon, Collins and Lady Harriet Phipps attended Princess Louise and the Marquess of Lorne at the opening of the Colonial and Indian Exhibition; Victoria apparently actually opened the exhibition herself (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000183/18860505/012/0003).

1886 June 7, Monday, attended by Collins Princess Louise and the Marquis of Lorne <quote>went to Upton Park, Plaistow, for the purpose of laying the foundation stone of a new church to be erected there as a memorial of Elizabeth Fry</quote> (PLiEL).

1886 July 10, Saturday afternoon, Collins is listed as having been invited to a Garden Party at Marlborough House in honor of the Queen; Princess Louise wasn't there, but Fanny Ronalds was (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18860712/019/0003).

1886 July 21, Wednesday, Collins was invited to a ball at Marlborough House.

1887 February 19, Saturday, Collins attended, apparently on his own account, a reception hosted by Elizabeth Russell, Duchess of Bedford.

1887 March 11, Friday beginning about 2 p.m., Collins attended a Queen's Levee hosted by the Prince of Wales at St. James's Palace (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18870312/059/0005).

1887 March 23, Wednesday evening, Collins attended a reception hosted by the Marchioness of Salisbury.

1887 May 9, opening of the American Exhibition. Was Collins there? When did he go?

1887 June 3, Friday, beginning about 11 p.m., Collins was invited to a State Concert at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Prince of Wales and the Princess of Wales (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18870604/005/0002).

1887 June 24, Friday, Collins was invited to an Evening Party at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Prince and Princess of Wales (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18870625/016/0003).

1887 July 16, Friday, Collins attended a dinner in honor of the Kendals before they left for the U.S.

Also, Collins was invited to a State Concert at Buckingham Palace, among many others; he is listed among the colonels (SCaBP1887-07-18).

1887 October 12, Saturday, Balmoral, Collins took part in "private theatricals" at Balmoral.

1888 June 2, Saturday, Collins was invited to a State Dinner in honor of the Queen's birthday at the residence of the Lord Steward, the Earl of Mount-Edgcumbe (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18880604/096/0008).

1888 June 6, Wednesday beginning about 11 p.m., Collins and Lady Macnamara attended Princess Louise at a State Ball at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Prince and Princess of Wales (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18880607/059/0005).

1889 January 23, Wednesday, Collins was present in Camberwell as Princess Louise delivered prizes to members of the First Surrey Rifle corps; the ceremony was followed by a concert (FSR).

1889 February 2, Saturday, mentioned as Princess Louise's equerry, Collins "called at the Austrian Embassy" (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18890204/036/0005).

1889 February 5, Tuesday, Collins represented Princess Louise <quote>at the Requiem Service in memory of the late Crown Prince Rudolph, at the Roman Catholic Church, in Farm-street, on Tuesday</quote> (AftD).

1889 April 7 or 8, Saturday or Sunday, Collins called at St. James's Palace after the death of the Duchess of Cambridge (Victoria's aunt) on Saturday about noon (TLDoC).

1889 April 12 and 13, Friday and Saturday, Collins attended the distribution of the <quote>Minor Bounty, Discretionary Bounty, and Royal Gate Alms</quote> at <quote>Royal Almonry, 6, Craigs-court</quote> along with <quote>Mr. Hayward John Bidwell, Secretary of her Majesty's Almonry[, ... the] Duchess of Albany, accompanied by Lady Collins, Miss Heron Maxwell, [and] Sir Robert Collins</quote> (TQ'sEB).

1889 April 13, Saturday morning, Collins and Sophia Macnamara represented Princess Louise and the Marquess of Lorne at the funeral of the Duchess of Cambridge in Kew Church, with a procession from St. James's Palace (FotDoC). The funeral itself began about noon.

1889 May 5, Sunday, <quote>The Queen has been pleased, on the nomination of the Earl of Rosslyn, to appoint Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Collins, retired pay, to be one of her Majesty's Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms, vice Colonel Frederick Robertson Aikman, V.C., deceased.</quote> (FtLG1889-05-11).

1889 May 25, Saturday, Collins was invited to a State Dinner in honor of Victoria's birthday at the residence of the Lord Chamberlain (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18890527/068/0008).

1889 May 31, Friday, beginning about 11 p.m., the Prince of Wales and the Princess of Wales hosted a State Concert at Buckingham Palace; Arthur Collins, R. H. Collins and his wife, and Arthur Sullivan were there, among many others (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18890601/061/0007).

1889 July 16, Tuesday, Collins is listed early among the people present at a dinner to honor the Kendals before they left for the U.S.

1889 July 20, Saturday, the Morning Post reported that "a few evenings ago" Mrs. Mackay had a dinner, followed by a "small concert," at which Princess Louise and the Marquis of Lorne were the guests of honor; Collins and Lady Sophia Macnamara were attendants for Princess Louise (HRHtPLatMoL).

1889 July 27, Saturday, beginning late morning and lasting into the afternoon, the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales's eldest daughter Louise to Alexander William George, "gazetted" the Duke of Fife on his wedding day; Collins attended Princess Louise (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18890729/046/0005).

1889 December 17, Tuesday, Collins and Lady Sophia Macnamara attended Princess Louise and the Marquis of Lorne, as the Princess gave out prizes to students studying in the Home Counties Dairy School in Hampstead (TDSaH).

1890s[edit | edit source]

1890 January 21, Tuesday, Collins was centrally involved in "theatricals at Osborne."

1890 February 21, Friday, Collins attended the funeral of Earl Sydney, representing Princess Louise, the second highest ranking person there, after W. G. Colville, representing the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18900222/061/0005). The others listed as present at the funeral are the following: <quote>the Countess of Romney, Viscount Oxenbridge, Lord de Vesci, Lord Templemore, Lord Charles Bruce, the Hon. Arthur Chichester, the Hon. Evelyn Paget, Miss Byng, Colonel the Hon. Charles Edgcumbe, and Major-General W. Paget.</quote>.

1890 February 21, Friday, beginning about 2 p.m., Collin was present at a Queen's Levee hosted the Prince of Wales at St. James's Palace (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18900222/062/0005).

1890 June 25, Wednesday night, 11:00 p.m., Collins attended Princess Louise, along with Lady Sophia Macnamara, a commanded-by-the-Queen State Concert, with the Prince and Princess of Wales at the head, the Queen not attending (StateConcert18900626).

1890 July 4, Friday, Collins attended a State Ball at Buckingham Palace that had been ordered by the Queen (who was still in Scotland?), led by the Prince and Princess of Wales; along with Lady Sophia Macnamara, Collins attended Princess Louise and the Marquess of Lorne (CCSB18900705). Dancing commenced at 11:00 p.m., and a number of dignitaries were present.

1890 August, Collins published an article in the Illustrated Naval and Military Magazine, possibly about the Gordon Boys Home in Cobham (see 1890 September 9, below); he apparently quotes letters from former students there (IIPT).

1890 September 9, Tuesday, Colonel Arthur Collins' name is mentioned in a letter by H. S. Acworth, vicar of Cobham, Woking, to the editor of the Morning Post that is trying to raise funds for the church of the Gordon Boys Home, the National Memorial to General Gordon in Cobham; Collins is quoted as saying that the home doesn't need its own chapel because the boys in it use this church: <quote>"There is no need to incur the further expense of a chapel. The boys attend Divine service at one of the Chobham parish churches, which has been specially adapted for their accommodation, and is situated within a stone's throw of the home.</quote> (CftGB).

1890 December 4, Thursday noon, Collins represented Princess Louise at a service in London for the King of Holland, whose funeral occurred in the Hague beginning at 11:00 (FotKoH).

1891 June 3, Wednesday beginning about 11 p.m., Collins is listed as having been invited to a State Ball at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Prince and Princess of Wales (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18910604/060/0005).

1891 June 17, Wednesday, 11 p.m., along with Sophia Macnamara Collins was in attendance on Princess Louise at a State Concert at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Prince of Wales and the Princess of Wales (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18910618/058/0005).

1891 June 25, Thursday afternoon, Collins and Miss Ponsonby attended Princess Louise at the confirmation of <quote>Prince Alexander of Teck, youngest son of Princes Mary Adelaide and the Duke of Teck ... at the Chapel Royal, St. James's</quote> (CCHMtQWBP).

Also, Thursday night a State Concert given by command of the Queen occurred at Buckingham Palace, led by the Prince and Princess of Wales, with Collins and Lady Sophia Macnamara in attendance on Princess Louise and the Marquess of Lorne (CCSC18910626). Victoria wasn't present.

1891 June 29, Monday noon, Collins attended Princess Louise at the christening of the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Fife in the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace; present were members of the Royal Family and their attendants, plus members of the Royal Households in the gallery (TQiLTCaSJ'sP).

1891 July 3, Friday, even though Princess Louise was there, it is possible that Collins was invited to a concert at Mrs. Mackay's on his own account; both he and Lady Sophia Macnamara are listed separately among the guests.

1891 July 9, Thursday, the Prince and Princess of Wales hosted a Garden Party at Marlborough House, which Collins is listed as having been invited to.

1891 July 10, Friday, beginning about 11 p.m., Collins attended Princess Louise at a ball at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Prince and Princess of Wales in honor of the German Emperor and Empress (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18910711/029/0003).

1891 July 13, Collins represented Princess Louise at the wedding of Princess Louise of Schleswig-Holstein (daughter of Princess Helena) at Windsor Castle (TRW1891-07-08).

1891 October 10, Saturday 2 p.m., Collins represented Princess Louise at the funeral of W. H. Smith, who had been Lord of the Treasury, in Westminster Abbey (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18911010/069/0005).

1891 October 28, Wednesday, Balmoral, <quote>Colonel John Clerk, C.S.I., and Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Collins have arrived at the Castle.</quote> (CC18911029)

1891 October 31, Saturday, Balmoral, Collins was invited to the baptism of the third son of Beatrice and Henry (Prince and Princess Henry of Battenberg) (CC18911102). He would have been in the Drawing Room when the Queen and her attendees arrived at 1:00 p.m.; he probably would also have been at the lunch served in the Dining Room.

1891 November 10, Tuesday, Collins was involved in theatricals among the royal family at Balmoral.

1891 November 13, <quote>The Hon. Mary Hughes and Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Collins have left the Castle</quote>, Balmoral (CC18911114).

1891 November 28, Saturday, Windsor Castle, <quote>The Marquess of Salisbury, K.G., and the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and Countess of Zetland arrived at the Castle [yesterday], and had the honour of dining with her Majesty and the Royal family. Lord Rowton and Lieut. Colonel Arthur Collins had the honour of being invited. ...

Her Royal Highness Princess Louise (Machioness [sic] of Lorne) and the Marquess of Lorne, K.T., left the Castle, attended by Lieut. Colonel Arthur Collins.</quote> (CC18911130)

1891 December 1, Tuesday at 12:30 p.m., the Morning Post reported that Collins represented Princess Louise <quote>at the Memorial Service for the late Earl of Lytton, at St. Margaret's, Westminster</quote> (AfTD1891-12-03).

1891 December 16, Wednesday, the following letter to the editor of the Morning Post appeared the next day, on the 17th:

SIR, — At this period of the year, when so many of us are suffering from a plethora of Christmas numbers, might I ask those of your readers who employ the District Messengers Company boys to pass on to them any old magazines, papers, or novels they wish to be disencumbered of? I find such light literature a source of great enjoyment to the lads during the leisure intervals of messenger work they necessarily have to spend in their different offices. They are singularly intelligent and obliging little fellows, and well deserve this slight consideration at our hands. I shall be very glad to undertake the distribution of any parcels sent here. The simpler plan, however, remains for subscribers to ring up a boy for any consignment they can spare. — Yours, &c.,

ARTHUR COLLINS, Lieutenant-Colonel

24, St. James's-street, Dec. 16. (WRMR)

The same letter appeared in the Pall Mall Gazette on 18 December 1891 (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000098/18911218/006/0002).

1892 January 4, Monday, Collins attended a memorial service in the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace that took place at the same time as the funeral in Sunningdale, representing Princess Louise; his brother Robert Collins also attended, representing the Duchess of Albany (TCTMSatCR). Count Gleichen, now called Prince Victor of Hohenlohe, is who died, and it appears that his family was at the service at St. James's Palace, as were many ambassadors.

1892 May 4, the Morning Post reports, <quote>The Queen has appointed Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Collins to be one ot the Gentlemen Ushers Quarterly Waiters in Ordinary to her Majesty, in the room of the late Captain C. G. Nelson</quote> (TQ); it happened on 1 May (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000183/18920504/058/0006).

1892 May 16, Monday, Victoria accepted Collins' resignation from his post in Her Majesty's Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (LondonGazette1892-05-18).

1892 May 18, Wednesday, Collins and Sophia Macnamara attended Princess Louise at a Drawing-Room at Buckingham Palace, hosted by Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein on behalf of Victoria; about 225 people were presented (TDR18920518; http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000051/18970512/051/0009).

Also, on 18 May 1892 the London Standard reports that Collins had resigned from Queen Victoria's <quote>Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms</quote> (TQHBP).

1892 June 23, Thursday 11 p.m., Collins was invited to a State Concert hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh (Prince Alfred — Affie) (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18920624/058/0005).

1892 July 1, Friday 11 p.m., Collins was invited to and was in attendance on Princess Louise at a State Concert at Buckingham Palace; Queen Victoria was not present (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18920702/060/0005).

1892 October 12, Wednesday, Collins represented Princess Louise at the funeral of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 12 October 1892.

1892 November 9, Wednesday, Princess Louise, attended by Arthur Collins and Sophia Macnamara, and the Marquis of Lorne, <quote>opened a bazaar at the Vestry Hall, Haverstock-hill, Hampstead, in aid of the funds of the Industrial Home for Boys</quote> (IHfB).

1892 December 3, Saturday, Collins contributed greatly to this production of the opera Carmen: <quote>Sir Augustus Harris was naturally anxious that her Majesty should make the acquaintance of Carmen in its dramatic form under the most favourable circumstances; but, as a matter of fact, Carmen, given in the Waterloo Chamber on Saturday night with rare completeness of detail, had only occupied a little over a week in preparation, and yet passed off with greater smoothness, and her Majesty, like all her distinguished guests, was delighted. Herein was furnished still further proof, if proof were needed, of the marvellous energy of Sir Augustus Harris. Including scene-shifters, carpenters, dressers, the staff of Mr Clarkson (the perruquier), gasmen, and minor employees, the company numbered 210. Of course, those connected with the mechanical departments were at Windsor some time before. A large body of workers, after the stage had been fitted up in the Waterloo Chamber, took up their quarters at Windsor, as also did Mr Arthur P. Collins, Sir Augustus Harris's trusted stage superintendent, to complete the arrangements for the artists, of whom the manager's able lieutenant, Mr F. G. Latham, virtually had charge. ... [A long description of the company, quarters and arrangements follows, nice detail, lots of names, including where the first two rows of the audience, all the Royal Family, sat.]</quote> (CaWC)

1892 December 6, Tuesday, referring to the performance of Carmen on Saturday, 3 December 1892: <quote>On Tuesday the Queen, through Colonel Arthur Collins, who assisted so much in the production, sent her birthday book to Sir Augustus Harris, commanding Sir Augustus, as well as Miss Palliser, Messrs Cremonini, Dufriche, and Bevignani, to sign their names in it, accompanied by the date of the production, Dec. 3d. Her Majesty at the same time again expressed her high appreciation of the way in which the whole arrangements were carried out, mentioning with marked favour the name of Miss Palliser.</quote> (CaWC)

1892 December 28, Collins <quote>arrived at Osborne</quote> (CC18921230).

1893 January 3, Tuesday, Collins took part in tableaux vivants at Osborne with the Royal Family, and with a large audience.

1893 January 13, Friday, Osborne, Collins <quote>arrived at Osborne, and had the honour of dining with the Queen and the Royal Family.</quote> (CC18930114)

1893 February 2, Thursday, Collins took mark in private theatricals at Osborne.

1893 February 18, Saturday, Collins was present at the opening night at the Garrick Theatre.

1893 June 3, Saturday, the London Daily News reports that Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Collins is on the reception committee and the subcommittee for making the arrangements for Queen Victoria's unveiling of the statue of her sculpted by Princess Louise, in Kensington near Kensington Palace. Other members of the planning committee are the following: the Rev. the Hon. E. C. Glyn, C. T. Ritchie, General Lyndoch Gardiner, Sir Algernon Borthwick, Bart., M.P., Herbert C. Saunders, John Barker, and James Bailey. Beyond these, the reception committee included the following: the Marquis of Lorne, Lord Kensington, William Lowther, M.P., Field-Marshal Sir Lintorn Simmons, General Lord Chelmsford, Sir Richard Everard Webster, Q.C, M.P., Frederic Leighton, Sir John Fowler, John Everett Millais, and William Chambers Leete. (TQ'sVtK)

1893 June 20, Tuesday, Collins seems to have been invited on his own account to a dinner: <quote>The retiring Prime Warden (Mr. John Warren) and the Wardens of the Fishmongers' Company entertained at dinner last evening a large company, to meet his Serene Highness the Duke of Teck and Prince Adolphus of Teck, on the occasion of the transfer of the office of Prime Warden; among those present being the Marquis of Bristol, the Earl of Portsmouth, Sir George Stokes, General Sir Archibald Alison, the Hon. A. N. Hood, Sir J. W. Ellis, Sir Edwin Saunders, Sir E. Hertslet, Sir A. Blackwood, Sir Gerald S. V. Fitzgerald, Sir H. M.P., Dr. St. George Mivart [?], Colonel Du Plat Taylor, Knight, Mr. Clarence Smith, M.P., Mr. Burdett-Coutts, M.P., Dr. St. George Mivart [?], Colonel Du Plat Taylor, Colonel Arthur Collins, Mr. J. Seyrmour Lucas, Dr. Albert Gunther, Mr. W. Beatty Kingston, Professor Bentley, Mr. John Aird, M.P., Mr. Julius Fitz, Lieut,-General Sir Evelyn Wood, Mr. W. T. Thisselton Dyer, Mr. P. G. Hamilton Carvill, M.P., Mr. J. Armory Travers, Mr. Martin, M.P., Colonel John Biddulph, Sir Philip Magnus, Mr. Shogoi A. Matsura, Mr. J. B. Towse, Mr. Darnton Hutton, Hon. H. C. Trollope, Colonel Applewhaite, Mr. C. J. Shoppee, Dr. Wharton P. Hood, Mr. P. M. Martineau, Mr. J. C. Parkinson, Mr. T. Chatfeild Clarke, Mr. F. Moy Thomas, Mr. G. H. Ryder, and Mr. J. Wrench Towse. -- The Prime Warden in proposing the toast of "The Queen" referred to the gratification of her Majesty's subjects at knowing that she possessed health and strength, which would enable her to take part in the auspicious ceremony to which every one was looking forward next month. The toast having been enthusiastically honoured, he proposed "The Prince and Princess of Wales and other members of the Royal Family." He said they all rejoiced to see the Princess of Wales returning to this country with renewed health -- (cheers) -- and they also rejoiced to know that one of the youngest freemen of their Company, the Duke of York, was about to wed a charming Princess, a daughter of their distinguished guest. (Applause.) For "The Army, Navy, and Reserve Forces." Sir Archibald Alison returned thanks. The Prime Warden then vacated the chair in favor of his successor, Mr. Robert Henry Salmon, who proposed the health of his predecessor, the toast being very warmly received. -- The Marquis of Bristol and Mr. John Aird, M.P., having acknowledged the "Houses of Parliament," the new Prime Warden proposed "the honorary Freemen," coupled wiith the name of the Duke of Teck. As the youngest of their roll of honorary freemen, which included so many members of the Royal Family, they gave him, he said, a hearty welcome that evening, and it was a particularly happy thing that they should have added him to that roll on the eve of the wedding to another of their honourary freemen, the Duke of York, of his charming and amiable daughter, born and brought up amongst them, and so lovingly known for her interest in objects of charity far and wide. (Cheers.) In referring to so popular a marriage, he believed he was expressing the feelings of everyone present in wishing that every happiness might attend their union, and that they might enjoy a long and happy life to fulfil the duties of the high position to which they would be called in the, he hoped, yet distant future. The toast having been honoured with great enthusiasm, the Duke of Teck, in reply, thanked the past and present Wardens for having conferred on him the freedom of the Company, and for the handsome casket in which it was enshrined, which would, he said, always be a cherished possessions. He never thought, 30 years ago, when he came to England, and had the happiness to marry the Princess Mary, that one day a daughter of his would marry the grandson of the Queen; but he rejoiced that it should have come to pass, and he was happy that his daughter should be given to the English nation. (Cheers.)</quote> (TF'sC)

1893 June 28, Princess Louise's statue of Queen Victoria is unveiled in Kensington; Collins was on the planning and reception committees (TQ'sVtK).

1893 July 8, Saturday, Collins seems to have been invited to a small dinner hosted by Mrs. Mackay on his own account, although possibly he could have been attending the Duke of Edinburgh, although he is not described in that way. Fanny Ronalds was there as well.

1893 July 16, Sunday, Collins arrived at Windsor Castle; Alexander Yorke arrived at the same time (CC:TMP). Collins was present at the performance that night of two Mascagni's operas, L'Amico Fritz and Cavalleria Rusticana. Collins and Yorke had left Windsor by publication time of the London Standard the next day.

1894 6 March, Tuesday, Collins attended the General Circle at the Queen's Drawing Room, at which Victoria herself was present (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000183/18940307/021/0003).

1894 March, 13, Tuesday beginning about 2 p.m., Collins attended the General Circle of a Queen's Levee hosted by the Duke of York, Prince George of Wales (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18940314/041/0005).

1894 March 22, Thursday, Collins is listed on his own account at a concert honoring Joachim and Piatti at the Grafton Galleries; possibly he was also on the "hastily-organised reception committee" as well. The London Standard says, <quote>Not only the musical world but the fine arts and literature were strongly represented in the gathering at the Grafton Galleries last night, the occasion being one of exceptional, and it might almost be said unique, interest</quote> (RtHJaSP). Arthur Sullivan was there, as were George Grove and other familiar names.

1894 May 4, Friday, beginning about 3 p.m., Collins attended a Queen's Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Prince and Princess of Wales, listed among those in the General Circle (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18940505/048/0005).

1894 May 10, Thursday, Collins attended the General Circle of a Queen's Drawing Room hosted by Victoria at Buckingham Palace (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18940511/060/0006).

1894 May 21, Monday evening, Collins seems to have been invited on his own account to a concert of the Amsterdam a Cappella Choir at an "At Home" at the residence of the Netherlands Minister and Baroness Goltstein at Queen's Gate Place.

1894 May 28, Monday evening, 11 p.m., Collins attended a State Concert at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Prince of Wales and Princess of Wales (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18940529/064/0005).

1894 June 4, Monday, Collins attended the funeral of Sir George Maude, who seems to have had a connection with the Mews at Buckingham Palace; Collins is the fourth representative listed, after that of the Queen, the Prince and Princess of Wales and Prince and Princess Christian (TFotLSGM).

1894 Jun 8, Friday, Collins and Macnamara attended Princes Louise and the Marquess of Lorne at a State Ball at Buckingham Palace (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000183/18940609/028/0005).

1894 June 29, Friday beginning about 2 p.m., Collins attended a Queen's Levee hosted by the Prince of Wales at St. James's Palace (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18940630/058/0005).

1894 July 2, Monday, beginning about 4 p.m., Collins attended a Garden Party at Clarence House hosted by Prince Alfred ("Affie") and his wife, a party that about 2,000 guests attended (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18940703/048/0006).

1894 July 2, Monday, beginning about 11 p.m., Collins and Lady Macnamara attended Princess Louise at a State Ball at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Princess and Princess of Wales (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18940703/042/0005).

1894 July 9, Collins attended Princess Louise and the Marquis of Lorne, along with Lady Sophia Macnamara, at a State Concert given on command of the queen (CC:SCaBP).

1894 July 31, Tuesday, Collins was best man in W. Herbert Evans' wedding to Rosa Hood.

1894 December 12, Wednesday, the wedding of <quote>Prince Adolphus of Teck, Lieutenant in the 17th Lancers, eldest son of Her Royal Highness Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess, and His Highness the Duke of Teck, and the Lady Margaret Evelyn Grosvenor, youngest daughter of the Duke of Westminster by his first marriage with the Lady Constance Leveson Gower</quote> took place; Collins gave the bride <quote>a miniature of his Supreme Highness Prince Adolphus of Teck when a child</quote> (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18941213/067/0005).

1895 February 19, Tuesday, Collins attended a Queen's Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace, listed among those in the General Circle (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18950220/048/0005).

1895 March 5, Tuesday afternoon, Collins is listed in the General Circle for a Queen's Drawing Room hosted by Queen Victoria (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18950306/041/0005).

1895 May 8, Wednesday beginning about 3 p.m., Collins was present at the Queen's Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace in attendance on Princess Louise and the Marquis of Lorne along with Lady Sophia Macnamara (Queen'sDrawingRoom1895-05-09).

1895 May 15, Wednesday, beginning about 3 p.m., Collins attended a Queen's Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Princess of Wales; Collins is listed among those attending the General Circle (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18950516/054/0005).

1895 May 22, Wednesday, beginning about 3 p.m., Collins is listed as Equerry in Waiting attending Princess Louise at a Queen's Drawing Room she (Louise) hosted (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18950523/049/0005).

1895 May 30, Thursday, about 11:00 p.m., by order of the Queen a State Ball was given at Buckingham Palace, and Collins and Lady Sophia Macnamara attended Princess Louise and the Marquess of Lorne (StateBall18950531).

1895 June 14, Friday, about 11:00 p.m., by command of the Queen a State Concert was given at Buckingham Palace, and Collins and Lady Sophia Macnamara attended Princess Louise; Sir Robert and Lady Collins were also there, attending the Duchess of Albany (StateConcert18950615).

1895 June 16, Sunday, Collins was invited to join a party after dinner: the dinner party, hosted by Prince Alfred ("Affie") and his wife, was made up of members of the Royal family: <quote>The Prince and Princess of Wales and the Princesses Victoria and Maud, the Duchess of York, the Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Princess Louise and the Marquis of Lorne, Princess Louise Duchess of Fife and the Duke of Fife, the Duchess of Teck, Prince Edward of Saxe- Weimar, Princess Victor of Hohenlohe, Count Gleichen, the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Hesse, thc Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Roumania, the Russian Ambassador and Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha</quote> (TDaDoS-CaG). The event after the dinner party included the following people: <quote>Sir Francis and Lady Knollys, Miss Knollys, the Countess of Macclesfield, Major-General Stanley Clarke, Sir Francis and Lady de Winton, Lady Eva Greville, Colonel Arthur Collins, the Hon. Alexander Hood, Colonel the Hon. W. J. Colville and Miss Colvilie, Mr. Hugo Wemyss, the Hon. Mrs. Monson and the Misses Monson, Madame Greciano Steege, Baroness Rotsman and Oberst-Lieutenant von Grancy. During the evening Miss Frida Scotta, Miss Ethel Sharpe, and Mr. H. Bransen had the honour of contributing a musical programme on the violin, piano, and violoncello respectively.</quote> (TDaDoS-CaG)

1895 May 25, Saturday, evening, in honor of Queen Victoria's birthday Collins was invited to a State Dinner hosted by the Lord Steward and Lady Breadalbane at Harcourt House, Cavendish Square; Princess Louise was also invited (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18950527/038/0005).

1895 July 16, Tuesday, Collins was present at the laying of the foundation stone of the Campden Technical Institute in Lancaster Road in North Kensington, with Lady Mary Glyn attending Princess Louise. Also on the platform were the following: <quote>the Rev. the Hon. Edward Carr Glyn, vicar of Kensington, the Rev. Canon Trench, Sir Algernon Borthwick, Dr. Gladstone, Mr. W. E. T. Sharpe, the Unionist candidate for the division, Mr. W. Bousfield, Mr. Wyndham Gibbes, and Mr. F. L. Chandler. </quote> (PLaNK).

Tuesday night Collins was invited to and attended a performance of the Royal Italian Opera Company's Carmen, in the Waterloo Chamber in Windsor Castle, directed by Sir Augustus Harris (CC18950718).

1896 January 20, Monday, Collins was involved in "Private Theatricals at Osborne."

1896 February 3, Monday, beginning about noon, Collins represented Princess Louise at the funeral of Frederick Leighton at St. Paul's Cathedral (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000183/18960204/004/0002).

1896 April 21, Tuesday, Collins attended the funeral of Arthur Cecil Blunt.

1896 May 1, Friday, Collins attended apparently on his own account at at least some parts of the celebration in honor of Charles Wyndham held at the Lyceum in the afternoon, the Criterion in the evening and the Hotel Cecil after the Criterion performances.

1896 May 20, Wednesday, Collins attended a State Dinner hosted by the Earl of Lathom, the Lord Chamberlain, at his residence, 41 Portland Place, in honor of Victoria's birthday (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000183/18960521/024/0005).

1896 May 22, Friday, Collins and Lady Sophia Macnamara attended Princess Louise, who <quote>opened an exhibition of pictures lent by eminent artists at the Bermondsey Settlement. ... Among those present were Mr. Macdona, M. P., Sir John Leng, M.P., Colonel Bevington, Mr. Holmnan Hunt, Mr. Nettleship, and Mr. Felix Moscheles.</quote> (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000098/18960523/018/0007).

1896 May 25, for her birthday, the Queen approved the appointment of Collins to the Royal Victorian Order, Fourth Class (TQB).

1896 June 1, Monday, afternoon, Collins presented Doctor George C. Martin to the Prince of Wales at a Levee at St. James's Palace (Levee1896-06-02).

1896 June 10, Wednesday 3 p.m., Collins attended a Queen's Drawing Room hosted by the Princess of Wales, was in the General Circle (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18960611/040/0004).

1896 June 29, Monday, 11:00 p.m., Collins along with Lady Sophia Macnamara attended Princess Louise and the Marquess of Lorne at a State Concert held at Buckingham Palace (StateConcert18960630).

1896 July 3, Friday, Collins was one of the <quote>Companions [who] were severally introduced into the presence of the Sovereign, the Officer of the Order [Secretary of the Order [Sir Fleetwood Edwards] preceding and carrying the Insignia on a cushion. Her Majesty was graciously pleased to affix to their respective left breasts the decoration of the Order into which they have been admitted</quote>; Collins was admitted to the Royal Victoria Order, 4th Class, his appointment having been approved on 25 May 1896 (CC18960403).

1896 July 6, Monday 2 p.m., Collins attended a Levee hosted by the Prince of Wales at St. James's Palace (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18960707/085/0007). Collins is listed as part of the General Circle and also as attending, among the colonels.

1896 November 30, Monday, Collins attended the Duchess of Albany along with Lady E. Moreton at the wedding of Lord Bingham, Aide de Camp to the Duke of Connaught, to Violet Clay (father is "the late Mr. J. Spender Clay"; mother is Mrs. Beresford Melville), in St. Peter's Church, Eaton Square (MoLB). Violet had 10 bridesmaids and wore white.

1897 February 24, Wednesday, from about 3 p.m., Collins was present at a Queen's Drawing Room hosted by the Queen; he is listed as present in the General Circle (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18970225/047/0005).

1897 February 25, Thursday, Collins attended the funeral of the Marchioness of Waterford representing Princess Louise; Collins is the third ranked person mentioned, after Victoria's representative, Lady in Waiting Viscountess Downe, and Sir Dighton Probyn, representing the Prince and Princess of Wales (CC18970226). Collins is styled Lieutenant-Colonel in this report; a Colonel Collins is mentioned in the list of people also present.

1897 May, <quote>Mr. Conway F. C. Seymour, the Hon. Henry Stonor, Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Collins, Mr. Alpin MacGregor, and Mr. Arnold Royle are to be the Gentlemen Ushers-in-Waiting during the month, and they will be on duty at the Drawing Room on Thursday and at the two Levees</quote> (PMGO1897-03-02). Queen Victoria was to be on the continent for at least part of the month.

1897 May 4, Tuesday, Collins attended the General Circle of a Queen's Drawing Room hosted by Princess Helena (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18970505/018/0004).

1897 May 8, Saturday, after a fire in Paris at a charity event in which a number of titled people died, services were held in London as well as at Notre Dame. Collins was present at the service the French chapel on George Street in Portman Square, representing Princess Louise; the Royal family sent representatives, but many other dignitaries, especially ambassadors, were present (TPF:RiL).

Also on 1897 May 8, Saturday afternoon, Princess Louise presided over the 12th annual meeting of the Soldiers and Sailors' Families' Association at the Royal United Service Institution, Whitehall, attended by Collins and Lady M'Clintock (SaS'sF).

1897 May 11, Tuesday, afternoon, Queen Victoria held a drawing room; Collins was present in the General Circle (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000051/18970512/051/0009).

1897 May 17, Monday beginning about 2 p.m., Collins attended the General Circle in a Levee at St. James's Palace hosted by the Prince of Wales (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18970518/010/0003).

1897 May 18, Tuesday, afternoon, Queen Victoria held a drawing room; Collins was present in the General Circle (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18970519/006/0002).

1897 May 25, Tuesday, along with Lady Sophia Macnamara Collins attended Princess Louise, who was also accompanied by the Marquis of Lorne, as she opened the fourth Competitive Fan Exhibition, at Draper's Hall, Throgmorton Street (CFE).

1897 May 26, Wednesday, Collins is on the list of people invited to a state dinner hosted by the Earl of Pembroke.

1897 May 28, Friday 11:15 p.m., along with Lady Sophia Macnamara attended Princess Louise at a State Concert at Buckingham Palace (StateConcert1897-05-29).

1897 June 4, Friday, beginning about 11 p.m., Collins is listed as having been invited to a State Ball at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Prince and Princess of Wales (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18970605/078/0007).

1897 June 24, Thursday, Collins and Lady Macnamara attended Princess Louise and the Marquis of Lorne at a State Evening Party at Buckingham Palace (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18970625/039/0005).

1897 June 25, Friday night, Collins and Lady Macnamara attended Princess Louise and the Marquess of Lorne at a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Prince and Princess of Wales (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000183/18970625/016/0005).

1897 June 28, Monday, about 1:00 p.m., Collins was part of the Reception Committee for Queen Victoria when she visited St. Mary Abbot's Church in Kensington on her move from Windsor Castle to Buckingham Palace (CC18970629). The reception committee included these people: <quote>Mr. Wheeler[,] the Marquess of Lome, M.P., ... Canon Pennefather, vicar of Kensington; Lord Warkworth, M.P.; Mr. W. E. Thompson Sharpe, M.P.; Lieut. Colonel Arthur Collins; Mr. C. T. Ritchie, M.P.; Sir Richard Webster, M.P.; Sir Robert Finlay, M.P.; General Lord Chelmsford, Mr. A. R. Pennefather, Mr. F. C. Frye, Major Isaacs, Messrs. R. A. Robinson, C. H. Campbell, J. B. Porter, W. H. Fox, T. Ferrers Grey, and A. White, with Mr. Wm. Chambers Leete as hon. secretary</quote> (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000183/18970625/010/0004).

Also on Monday, as reported on Saturday, 3 July 1897 by The Era, Collins apparently on his own account was invited to a performance and reception for the Colonial Premiers by Henry Irving at the Lyceum.

1897 June 29, Tuesday, arriving about 3:00 p.m., Collins attended Princess Louise at a Children's Fête "in the meadow at the back of Kensington Palace" (CFaK).

1897 July 2, Friday, the Morning Post reported on Saturday that <quote>Her Royal Highness Princess Louise Marchioness of Lorne, accompanied by the Marquis of Lorne, was present yesterday afternoon at the annual gathering at the Stockwell Training College of the British and Foreign School Society. The Princess was attended by Lady Sophia Macnamara and Colonel Arthur Collins, and was received by Sir George Kekewich, Mr. T. Buxton Morrish (Chairman of the Committee), Mr. A. Bourne (secretary of the Society), and Miss Manley (the Head Mistress), a bouquet being presented to Princess Louise by Miss Warren, the head student.</quote> (CCPLaS)

1897 July 8, Thursday beginning about 11 p.m., Collins attended a State Ball at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Prince and Princess of Wales (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18970709/065/0006).

1897 July 17, Saturday, Collins attended the funeral of Lord Camoys in Stonor, near Henley-on-Thames, representing Princess Louise, the first of this kind of mourner mentioned. (TDaDoY)

1897 November 3, Wednesday, the funeral of Princess Mary Adelaide Wilhelmina Elizabeth, the Duchess of Teck (Victoria's cousin); both Collins and Arthur Sullivan are listed as having received special invitations, and Collins seems to have sat in a special place (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18971104/044/0007).

1898 April, <quote>Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Collins, Hon. Henry Stonor, Mr. E. H. Anson, Captain Phillips, and Mr. Horace West, are to be the Gentlemen Ushers-in-Waiting until May 1st.</quote> (PMGO1898-04-11)

1898 April 5, Tuesday, Collins represented Princess Helena (Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein) at the funeral of Lady Glenesk <quote>at Hampstead Old Parish Church and the St. Marylebone Cemetery, East Finchley</quote> (TLLG:FC).

1898 April 29, Friday, 9:00 a.m., Collins is listed first among the mourners (representing Princess Louise) at the funeral of Sir Vivian Majendie, Chief Inspector of Explosives, at St. Paul's (which began at 11:00 a.m., technically, communion having begun at 9:00) and at the burial, which occurred at Christ Church in Charlton, near Woolwich (FoSVM). Collins was the only royal representative there; perhaps he knew Majendie personally? The Morning Post also says he was representing Princess Louise (TFPotSiCwtFotLCSVDM).

1898 May 10, Tuesday, "shortly after three o'clock," Collins was present at a Queen's Drawing Room hosted by Queen Victoria; he is listed as present in the General Circle (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18980511/005/0002).

1898 June 7, Tuesday, beginning about 11 p.m., Collins is listed as having been invited to a State Ball at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Prince and Princess of Wales (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18980608/054/0005).

1898 June 8, Wednesday afternoon, Collins was present at a Queen's Drawing Room hosted by the Princess of Wales; he is listed as present in the General Circle (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18980609/023/0004).

1898 June 20, Monday 11 p.m., Collins was invited to a State Concert at Buckingham Palace; he is among the colonels, which is near the end of the list of people invited (SCaBP1898-06-21).

1898 June 27, 9:00 p.m. Monday evening, Collins attended a Royal Opera Company performance of Gounod's Romeo and Juliette in the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle (CC18980629).

1898 July 1, Friday, 11 p.m., Collins was invited to a State Concert at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Prince and Princess of Wales; a Sir Arthur Collins is listed as invited, but the reporter probably meant the jurist Sir Arthur Collins or perhaps Arthur's brother Robert (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18980702/064/0005).

1898 October 4, Tuesday afternoon, Collins attended Princess Louise, who was also accompanied by Lady Mary Glyn, as she opened an Industrial Exhibition at Windsor (OoaIE).

1899 January 2, Monday, Queen Victoria approved Collins' appointment to the Order of the Bath, Civil Division (C.B.) (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000183/18990102/033/0003).

1899 January 30, Monday, beginning at 1:30 p.m., Osborne, in a private investiture ceremony Queen Victoria admitted a small number of people to several orders, including Collins who was admitted to the Civil Division of the Third Class of the Order of the Bath (CC18990131).

1899 February 11, Friday, Collins represented Princess Louise, who was <quote>prevented by indisposition from being present</quote>, at a memorial service for Queen Victoria's grandson, Prince Alfred; Arthur Sullivan was also present (CCSJ'sPF).

1899 February 17, Friday, on the death of President Faure of France: <quote>Princess Louise heard the news before leaving London for Cannes, and Colonel Arthur Collins, her Equerry, was promptly despatched to the Embassy at Albert Gate</quote> (TLPF:FtCC:WindsorCastleFeb17).

1899 April, <quote>The Gentlemen Ushers in Waiting on the Queen during this month are Mr. Henry J. Stonor, Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Collins, Mr. E. H. Anson, Captain N. G. Phillips, and Mr. Horace West</quote> (PMGO1899-0405).

1899 May 10, Wednesday, beginning about 3 p.m., Collins attended a Queen's Drawing Room hosted by Princess Helena in the General Circle (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18990511/067/0008).

1899 May 16, Tuesday beginning about 3 p.m., Collins attended the General Circle of a Queen's Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18990517/014/0003).

1899 May 25, Thursday, Collins attended a performance of 3 acts of the Royal Opera Company's production of Wagner's Lohengrin at Windsor Castle with Queen Victoria, some of the Royal Family, the Royal Household, and some guests (CCWCT18990526).

1899 May 26, Friday, Collins left Windsor Castle, attending Princess Louise and the Marquis of Lorne, for Oxford (CCWCT18990526).

1899 May 29, Monday, representing Princess Louise, Collins attended the funeral of William Baliol Brett, Lord Esher.

1899 June 2, Friday, a State Concert given at the command of the Queen occurred at Buckingham Palace, led by the Prince and Princess of Wales, the Queen not present; Lady Sophia Macmanara and "Colonel Arthur Collins, C.B., M.V.O.," attended Princess Louise and the Marquess of Lorne (StateConcert18990603).

1899 June 3, Saturday, Collins is listed as having been invited to a state dinner hosted by Lord Chamberlain, Lord Hopetoun.

1899 June 19, Monday afternoon, beginning about 2 p.m., Collins presented Lieutenant Godfrey Heseltine, Hampshire Carabiniers, to the Prince of Wales at a Queen's Levee he hosted at St. James's Palace; Collins also attended the General Circle (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18990620/025/0004).

1899 June 24, Saturday, Collins represented Princess Louise at the funeral of <quote>Evelyn Emily, wife of General Sir Francis W. Grenfell</quote> (TKatT).

1899 July 4, Tuesday, Collins attended Princess Louise and the Marquis of Lorne at <quote>the annual "School Day" of the Kilburn and Brondesbury High School for Girls</quote> (PLMoL).

1899 July 12, Wednesday beginning about 4 p.m., Princess Louise hosted a garden party at Kensington Palace that about 1,000 people attended; Collins and Lady Macnamara attended the princess, who received the guests at the bottom of some temporary stairs that had been built to allow visitors to go in and out of the palace (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18990713/067/0007).

1899 July 21, Collins is added to the board of directors of the Royal College of Music: <quote>Lord Justice Collins, Sir Benjamin Baker, Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Collins, Mr W. P. Mills, and Mr Hugh Spottiswoode</quote (RAoM1899-07-29). The 29 July 1899 Era is reporting on the annual distribution of prizes to the students on 21 July 1899, a ceremony at which the new board members would likely be present?

1899 November 25, Saturday noon, Collins represented Princess Louise at the service in London for the funeral of Lady Salisbury, which was held in Hatfield (FotLLS:MSiL).

1899 December, <quote>The Gentlemen Ushers in waiting on the Queen during December are to be: Mr. Horace West, Captain N. G. Philips, Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Collins, the Hon. Henry J. Stonor, and Mr. G. H. Anson. Mr. H. E. Festing and Viscount Torrington are to be the Pages of Honour in waiting on her Majesty.</quote> (PMGO1899-12-04)

1900s[edit | edit source]

1909, A matinee performance occurred at the Queen Alexandra Sanatorium for people with tuberculosis. Arthur Collins' name is in the bibliographic citation, though need to be sure it's not the theatre director and producer Arthur Collins. (Arthur Collins and Cyril Maude. "Queen Alexandra Sanatorium, Davos: Souvenir and Programme of Matinee. Ed., Arthur Croxton. 1909. Google Books. Digitized by Princeton University.)

Questions and Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Collins was the only royal representative at Vivian Majendie's funeral; perhaps he knew Majendie personally?
  2. 1887 May 9, opening of the American Exhibition; when did Collins attend?
  3. Track Brett Harte, too, once they got to know each other.
  4. Not the right Arthur Collins
    1. Arthur Collins, managing director of the Drury Lane Theatre
    2. Arthur John Hammond Collins, Esq., barrister

Bibliography[edit | edit source]