(1814–1900). John Christopher Atkinson was vicar of Danby, on the North York moors, from 1847 to his death, and a Canon of York Minster. He was one of the most remarkable local historians of Victorian England, with a wide range of interests, including natural history, †folklore, speech, vernacular architecture, and archaeology, as well as documentary research. His major publications were British Birds’ Eggs and Nests (1861), Sketches in Natural History (1861), A Glossary of the Cleveland Dialect (1868), A Glossary of the Dialect of the Hundred of Lonsdale (1869), The History of Cleveland, Ancient and Modern (1872), The Whitby Chartulary (ed., Surtees Society, 2 vols, 1879–81), North Yorkshire Quarter Sessions Records (ed., 1883, 1892), The Coucher Book of Furness Abbey (ed., Chetham Society, 3 vols, 1886), The Chartulary of Rievaulx Abbey (ed., Surtees Society, 1889), Forty Years in a Moorland Parish (1891), Scenes in Fairyland (1892), Memorials of Old Whitby (1894), and numerous other writings, including sermons and contributions to Notes and Queries.
From The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History in Oxford Reference.