Diary of Thomas Cairns Livingstone, 1931 - 1950

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  • Reference
      GB 243 TD1969/19
  • Dates of Creation
      5 Nov 1931 - 27 Feb 1950 (predominantly 5 Nov 1931 - 24 Apr 1933)
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  • Physical Description

Scope and Content

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

Subjects include: postponement of work on the Cunard-line ship at Clydebank due to lack of funds (10 Dec); visit to Edinburgh (31 Dec - 4 Jan); riots in town (18 Jan); his job expanded to include that of travelling salesman (19 Feb); less orders received at work (26 Mar); holiday to Rothesay (1 - 14 Aug); description of a new scenic tour of Bute (11 Aug); electric lights now in Carmunnock (19 Sep); visit to Paisley delayed by those on a hunger march (26 Sep); visit to the shell of a building in Rutherglen which had been destroyed by fire a week previously (5 Mar); salary reduction due to poor business (8 Mar); decision to stop keeping a diary (22 Apr); last regular diary entry (24 Apr) and the death of his wife (27 Feb 1950).

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This diary is one of those which have been annotated and published as "Tommy's Peace: A Family Diary, 1919 - 1933", Thomas Livingstone and ed. by Ronnie Scott (Mainstream Publishing: London, 2010)