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Collier John

Collier, John, commonly known as "Tim Bobbin," was the son of a curate at Stretford, near Manchester. From 1739 to 1786 he was master of a school at Milnrow, Rochdale, and used to write satirical verses which were accompanied by grotesque drawings. In 1739 he published a rhyming satire, called The Blackbird, and in 1775 his View of the Lancashire Dialect, which had a great success. Others of his works are Truth in a Mask, The Fortune Teller, and The Human Passions, a set of 120 engravings with explanatory verses.