Collins, Enos National Historic Person

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Enos Collins © Expired
Enos Collins
© Expired
Enos Collins © ExpiredCollins, Enos © Parks Canada
Address : Water Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1974-05-18
Life Date: 1774 to 1871

Other Name(s):
  • Collins, Enos  (Designation Name)

Importance: Privateer and entrepreneur, important role in development of Halifax


Existing plaque: On wall of Halifax Waterfront Buildings NHSC Water Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

An ambitious seaman from Liverpool, N.S.,and sometime privateer, Enos Collins was reputed to be the richest man in British North America when he died. His fortune, amassed through shrewd investments in mercantile, financial and other entrepreneurial ventures, contributed to the physical, commercial and social development of Halifax. Wealth and its influence gained him a seat on the governor's council (1822-38) and the hand of the bishop's niece in 1825. A confirmed Tory, he nevertheless found himself allied with reformers to oppose Confederation.