The son of a lieutenant, Thomas Atkinson was born at Bishop Auckland in Durham in 1770. His father dying while the boy was in infancy, Atkinson was sent to Kirby-Hill School in Yorkshire to prepare for a career in the ministry. When his mother became a Quaker he was removed from school and made apprentice to a surgeon and apothecary in Newcastle. The indentures were dissolved in 1789 and Atkinson and his impoverished mother traveled to Ireland where he expected to inherit property. There he published two volumes of poetry, the first dedicated to Lord Charlemont.
1791Eclogue I. Connor, or the Peasant's Complaint.
1791Eclogue II. Phelim and Doran, or the Panegyrist.
1791Eclogue III. Patrick and Dermot, or the Emigrators.
1791Eclogue IV. Cannon and Dillon, or the Despairing Shepherds.
1791Ode in Praise of the British Poets.
1791Ode, inscribed to the Author's Mother.
1791The Poet's Elizium, a Visionary Poem.
Hibernian eclogues to which are added miscellaneous poems. 1791.
A Poetical Epistle to Marie Antoinette. 1791.