Thomas Atkinson (?1801 - 10 October 1833), was a Scottish poet and miscellaneous writer.[1]


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.[1]

Atkinson published a number of short poems in the Edinburgh Literary Journal.[2]

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.[1]



  • 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.

Collected editionsEdit

  • Miscellanies in Prose and Verse. London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Browne, Green & Longman, 1833.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. 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.
  2. Thomas Anderson of Glasgow, English Poetry, 1579-1830. Web, Apr. 21, 2016.
  3. Search results = au:Thomas Atkinson 1833, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Apr. 21, 2016.

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