William Collins (publisher)

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William Collins (12 October 1789–2 January 1853) was a Scottish schoolmaster, editor and publisher who founded William Collins, Sons, now part of HarperCollins.[1][2]

Collins was born at Pollokshaws near Glasgow on 12 October 1789. He was a millworker from around 1800 who established a company in 1819 for printing and publishing pamphlets, sermons, hymn books and prayer books as well as a wide range of office products.[3] He produced the first Collins English Dictionary in 1824, when he also obtained a licence to publish the Bible. In 1856, the first Collins atlas was published.[2] He died on 2 January 1853 at Rothesay, Buteshire.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Collins family". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/54685.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. 2.0 2.1 History HarperCollins, 2010.
  3. http://www.collinsdebden.co.uk/TheHistoryofCollins/

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