Thomas Cairns Livingstone was a mercantile book keeper who lived in Glasgow. He began writing his diaries in 1913, when he, his wife Agnes and their son 'wee Tommy' set up house in the neighbourhood of Govanhill.
These extraordinary volumes are a gorgeously idiosyncratic record of daily life in a middle-class Glasgow household, over a period spanning shortly before the Great War to the early 1930s. Livingstone dutifully recorded each day's events in his Collins diaries, from small domestic dramas to troop movements as news of the Great War filtered back to the anxious home front.
Livingstone's journals - interspersed throughout with wonderfully warm illustrations - provide a priceless record of the way outside events impacted on the daily dramas of ordinary people. Rescued during a house clearance sale by antiques dealer Shaun Sewell, they came to national attention following their appearance on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow.