Thomas Atkinson (priest)

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Blessed Thomas Atkinson
Died 11 March 1616
Beatified 1987

Thomas Atkinson (died 11 March 1616) was an English Roman Catholic priest. He is a Catholic martyr, beatified in 1987.


He was born in the East Riding of Yorkshire, was ordained priest at Reims, and returned to England in 1588.[1]

He was well known, especially for visiting poor Catholics, and eventually he could not safely travel by day. He always travelled by foot until, having broken his leg, he had to ride a horse. At the age of 70 he was betrayed and taken to York with his host, Mr. Vavasour of Willitoft, and some members of the family.[1]

A pair of beads and the form of an indulgence were found upon him, and he was condemned to be hanged, drawn, and quartered.[1]