Brian Bury Collins (1754-1807)
Brian Bury Collins was born at Stamford in Lincolnshire, the son of a painter. He was educated at St John's College Cambridge and was ordained in 1781, despite opposition from several bishops because of his field-preaching for John Wesley. He served as curate to David Simpson at Macclesfield from 1781 to 1782, while maintaining an itinerant ministry in Yorkshire and Lancashire.
Collins inherited a substantial estate in 1799 and this allowed him to freely indulge in evangelical activities. He was highly regarded by Hester Ann Roe and was a friend of the Countess of Huntingdon, Henry Venn and others.
Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995) and J. A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses (1922)