Martyred at York, 11 March 1616. He was born in the East Riding of Yorkshire, was ordained priest at Reims, and returned to his native country in 1588. We are told that he was unwearied in visiting his flock, especially the poor, and became so well known that he could not safely travel by day. He always went afoot until, having broken his leg, he had to ride a horse. At the age of seventy he was betrayed, and carried to York with his host, Mr. Vavasour of Willitoft, and some members of the family. A pair of beads, and the form of an indulgence were found upon him, and he was condemned to be hanged, drawn, and quartered. He suffered “with wonderful patience, courage, and constancy, and signs of great comfort”.
- Patrick W F Ryan. “Venerable Thomas Atkinson”. . Saints.SQPN.com. 22 November 2013. Web. 22 September 2014. <>