Atkinson was a native of Glasgow, where he carried on business as a bookseller. He published, under his own editorship, the Sextuple Alliance and the Chameleon, and also a weekly periodical, the Ant. Daniel Macmillan, founder of the publishing house of Macmillan & Co., was for some time Atkinson's shopman.
Atkinson published a number of short poems in the Edinburgh Literary Journal.
After the passing of the Reform Bill, he became a candidate in the liberal interest for the representation of the Stirling burghs in Parliament, but was unsuccessful. Over-exertion during the contest brought on a dangerous illness, which assumed the character of tuberculosis, and he died on the passage to the Barbados.
- The Sextuple Alliance. London: Ogilvie, 1823.
- The Chameleon. London: Longman, 1832.
- The Chameleon: Second series. London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Browne, Green, & Longman / Edinburgh : Oliver & Boyd / Glasgow : Atkinson, 1833.
- The Chameleon: Third and last series. London : Longman, Rees, Orme, Browne, Green, & Longman, 1833.
- An appeal to the middle classes of Glasgow, on the right use of the elective franchise with which they are shortly to be invested; and upon their present position and duties. Glasgow: Atkinson, 1832.
- Miscellanies in Prose and Verse. London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Browne, Green & Longman, 1833.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Thomas Finlayson Henderson, Atkinson, Thomas (1801?-1833), Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-2000, Volume 2. Web, Apr. 21, 2016.
- ↑ Thomas Anderson of Glasgow, English Poetry, 1579-1830. Web, Apr. 21, 2016.
- ↑ Search results = au:Thomas Atkinson 1833, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Apr. 21, 2016.
- Thomas Atkinson of Glasgow at English Poetry, 1579-1830
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain, the Dictionary of National Biography (edited by Leslie Stephen). London: Smith, Elder, 1885-1900. Original article is at: Atkinson, Thomas (1801?-1833)