Diary of Thomas Cairns Livingstone, 1921 - 1922

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  • Reference
      GB 243 TD1969/9
  • Dates of Creation
      1 Jan 1921 - 11 Jun 1922
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Scope and Content

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

Subjects include: threat of railway strike (11 Feb); giving his son his first piano lesson (14 Feb); visit to The Mitchell Library (26 Feb); war memorial unveiled at his church (27 Feb); the death of his father (11 Mar); miners' strike (31 Mar); eclipse of the sun (8 Apr); holiday to Fairlie (9 - 11 Apr); coal shortage (20 Apr); report of a police van attacked in High Street by members of Sinn Fein (4 May); strike of Glasgow dockers (6 May); all shipping held up on the Clyde (7 May); the rationing of gas (15 May); his son attending a Boys' Brigade social (20 May); strike of Glasgow dockers ends (6 Jun); receiving his census paper (13 Jun); completing his census paper (19 Jun); fire in Argyle Street at which two firemen were killed (3 Jul); visited Linn, the new estate at Netherlee (9 Jul); continuing heatwave (10 Jul); the end of gas rationing (27 Jul); received collection of stamps from Latvia (17 Aug); visit to Lochgoilhead (19 Aug); reported that last night was the official end of the war (1 Sep); his son attending a Band of Hope meeting (9 Sep); his son joining the library (17 Sep); attendance at the Ideal Home Exhibition (10 Oct); his son leaving the Band of Hope (14 Oct); municipal election and reported murder of a woman in Whiteinch (1 Nov); his son now top boy in his class (18 Dec); influenza in Glasgow (11 Jan); fire in North British railway goods yard in High Street (20 Jan); murderer hanged in Duke Street Prison (21 Feb); engineering lock out begins (11 Mar); Glasgow subway closing down (25 Mar); all the Clyde yards idle (29 Mar) and the bakers' strike (1 May).

Debits and visits for 1921 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 Peace: A Family Diary, 1919 - 1933", Thomas Livingstone and ed. by Ronnie Scott (Mainstream Publishing: London, 2010)