Diary of Thomas Cairns Livingstone, 1914

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  • Reference
      GB 243 TD1969/2
  • Dates of Creation
      1 Jan - 31 Dec 1914
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Scope and Content

Handwritten daily entries accompanied by line drawings and colour illustrations drawn by the author.

Subjects include: first-footing (1 Jan); purchase of electric lamp (8 Jan); extraction of his son's tonsils (22 Feb); British Home Championship football match between England and Scotland at Hampden (4 Apr); Aquitania leaving the Clyde (10 May); Victoria Day (19 May); pubs' new opening hour of 10am (29 May); fire on Butterbiggins Road (6 Jun); burglary on Morgan Street (7 Jun); family holiday to Rothesay (13 - 27 Jun); royal visit of King George V and Queen Mary (7 Jul); gun running in Dublin (26 Jul); "war clouds in Europe" (27 Jul); stockpiling provisions for the home (3 Aug); declaration of war by Britain and the mobilisation of its army (5 Aug); landing of British Army in France (18 Aug); new recruiting office in Cathcart Road (3 Sep); 15,000 Glasgow recruits (4 Sep); Union Jack Day (5 Sep); first report of British sinking nine German destroyers in the North Sea (7 Sep); arrests of Germans in Scotland (11 Sep); arrival of 200 soldiers at Stobhill Hospital (23 Sep); Belgian Flag Day (3 Oct); arrival of 100 soldiers at Stobhill Hospital and 1500 Glasgow Tramway men signed up into the Tramways Battalion (8 Oct); French Flag Day (10 Oct); report that 3000 Belgians are coming to Glasgow (15 Oct); arrival of the Belgians to Glasgow (16 Oct); arrests of Germans in Britain (22 Oct); death of Lily White, his sister (28 Oct) and "the town seems full of the military at present" (18 Dec).

Debits and credits for 1914 recorded at the end of the volume.

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This diary is one of those which have been annotated and published as "Tommy's War: A First World War Diary, 1913 - 1918", Thomas Livingstone and ed. by Ronnie Scott (HarperPress: London, 2008)