Thomas Atkinson (1801?-33), bookseller, writer and poet

Henderson, Andrew A.; Thomas Atkinson; University of Strathclyde;

Portrait of Thomas Atkinson, by Andrew Henderson.

In Biographic and Descriptive Sketches of Glasgow Necropolis, 1857, George Blair devotes almost five pages to Thomas Atkinson, who died at sea during a voyage to Barbados which had been intended to improve his health. During his short life, Atkinson had many remarkable achievements.

He was apprenticed to the booksellers Brash and Reid, located on the Trongate, and not, as Blair points out, to their contemporary, Mr. Turnbull, as had been claimed in other biographical sketches.

See Blair, op. cit., pages 103-7; and Wallace Harvey, Chronicles of St. Mungo; Or, Antiquities and Traditions of Glasgow, 1843, pages 388-9.