Biographical notesCanon Atkinson is now best remembered for two of his published works - British birds' eggs and their nests and Forty years in a moorland parish although he published many more. Those volumes with a natural history content were particularly aimed at young people. He was also a noted antiquarian with particular interest in the archaeology, folk-lore, dialect and history of his adopted home in Danby, Yorkshire, and the surrounding Cleveland district.
|1834||St John's College, Cambridge|
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|1814 May 9 : Birth||Born in Goldhanger, Essex|
|1814 December 13 : Baptism - Weathersfield, Essex||Anonymous sources sources provide his exact birth and baptism dates.|
|1838 : B.A. Degree||Awarded degree of B.A. at St John's College, Cambridge.|
|1848 April : Appointment to Danby||
1Hull Advertiser and Exchange Gazette - 1848 April 7
ECCLESIASTICAL INTELLIGENCE. PREFERMENTS. The Rev. J. C. Atkinson to the perpetual curacy of Danby, Yorkshire.
|1849 December 11 : Marriage 1||
1Newcastle Journal - 1849 December 15
MARRIAGES. At Scarborough, at Christ Church, on the 11th inst., by the Rev. Dr. Whiteside, Vicar, the Rev. J. C. Atkinson, Incumbent of Danby and Domestic Chaplain to the Viscount Downe, to Jane Hill, eldest daughter of John Hill Coulson, esq. of Scarborough.
|1859 : Publication||
Walks, talks, travels and exploits of two schoolboys, London
[Link to the new edition of 1868 - Google Books.]
|1860 : Publication||Play-hours and Half-holidays, or further experiences of two schoolboys.|
|1860 April 2 : Death of wife||
1Yorkshire Gazette - 1860 April 7
DEATHS. ATKINSON. - On the 2nd inst., at Danby Parsonage, after a very brief illness, aged 31, Jane Hill, the beloved wife of the Rev. J. C. Atkinson, and daughter of the late John Hill Coulson, Esq., of Scarboro'.
|1861 : Publication||
British birds' eggs and nests, popularly described
This well-known book was re-printed many times, latterly with coloured illustrations. [Biodiversity Heritage Library]
|1861 : Publication||
Sketches in Natural History, with an essay on reason and instinct
Link to Edward Newman's review of this and the previous volume in the Zoologist 19 [Google Books]
|1862 February 1 : Marriage 2||
1Sherbourne Mercury - 1862 February 11
MARRIAGES. February 1, at the parish church, Froome Selwood - by the Rev. E. H. Linzee, brother-in-law of the bridegroom, assisted by the Rev. Alfd. Daniel, the Rev. J. C. Atkinson, incumbent of Danby, Cleveland, Yorkshire, to Georgiana Mary, eldest daughter of Barlow Slade, Esq., of North House, Froome.
|1863 : Publication||
Link to a review of this volume by John Ransen in Zoologist 22 [GoogleBooks]
|1864 : Publication||Lost|
|1868 : Publication||
Glossary of the Cleveland Dialect
|1874 : Publication||History of Cleveland, vol i.|
|1882 : Publication||Handbook for Ancient Whitby and its Abbey.|
|1883 July 9 : Death of wife||
1Yorkshire Gazette - 1883 July 14
DEATHS. ATKINSON. - On the 9th inst., at Danby Parsonage, in the 52nd year of her age, Georgiana Mary, wife of the Rev. J. C. Atkinson, vicar of Danby.
|1884 April 28 : Marriage 3||
1Yorkshire Gazette - 1884 May 3
MARRIAGES. ATKINSON - BROWN. - On the 28th ult., at Arncliff Church, by the Rev. R. J. Steele, vicar of the parish, the Rev. J. C. Atkinson, vicar of Danby-in-Cleveland, to Helen Georgiana, eldest daughter of Douglas Brown, Q.C., of Arncliff Hall, Northallerton.
|1887 June 21 : D.C.L. Durham||
1Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - 1887 June 13
UNIVERSITY INTELLIGENCE. DURHAM
... At a Convocation to be held on the 21st inst. (Jubilee Day) the following honorary degrees will be confered ... D.C.L. - Rev. John Christopher Atkinson.
|1891 : Publication||Forty Years in a moorland parish [Internet Archive]|
|1891 September : Canon of York Minster||
1Morning Post - 1891 September 21
ECCLESIASTICAL INTELLIGENCE ... The Archbishop of York has collated the Rev. J. Christopher Atkinson, vicar of Danby, to the canonry and prebend of Holme, York Cathedral, vacant by the death of Canon London...
|1900 March 31 : Death||Obituary from the Whitby Gazette April 6.|
1 Transcription reproduced with kind permission of The British Newspaper Archive
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