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Thomas Atkinson (priest)

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Thomas Atkinson (executed at York, 11 March 1616) was an English Roman Catholic priest. He is a Catholic martyr, beatified in 1987.


He was born in the East Riding of Yorkshire, was ordained priest at Reims, and returned to England in 1588.

He was well known, especially for visiting poor Catholics, and eventually he could not safely travel by day. At the age of 70 he was betrayed, and taken 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.

This article incorporates text from the entry Ven. Thomas Atkinson in Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913, a publication now in the public domain.

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