Biography:Henry Atkinson

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Henry Atkinson

 Given name:     Henry
 Middle name:     
 Family name:     Atkinson
 Place of birth:     
 Place of death:     
 Year of birth:     1670
 Year of death:     1759
 Profile:     Musician
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Biographical notes

Henry Atkinson [1] (1670-1759) was a Northumbrian musician, probably a fiddler, was the son of a yeoman from Gateshead, County Durham, who became a successful coal trader in Newcastle, Northumberland, at the beginning of the Industrial Age. He used some of his wealth to help fund a charity school in 1709. He was eulogized in the Newcastle Courant after his death as a man "whose Character in publick and private life has left his Memory and Honour to Trade and exemplary to all."