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69-75 King Street

Castle Douglas

DG7 1AE

© 2019 by G Livingston & Son.

1770

Marshal & Aitken Tailor Edinburgh Est. 1770

Military and civil Tailors Marshall & Aitken was established in 1770.

1845

George Livingston was born in Edinburgh in 1845.

 

His parents were Andrew and Mary Livingston (nee Mary Aitken).

George was educated at Daniel Stewart's College and was Dux in his year.

1861

He trained as a tailor from an early age and in the 1861 census was already listed as a Tailor.

George worked as a Cutter for Marshall & Aitken, 27 & 29 North Bridge Edinburgh. They were a Civil and Military tailors established in 1770.

1876

George married his first wife Rose Jordon.

1881

By 1881 George and Rose had moved to Dunbar and he worked as a cutter for Daniel Smith 55 High Street.

1883

In August 1883 Alexander McAdam moved his tailoring business to 96 King Street.

1887

After his wife Rose died, George married Lucy Elizabeth Mitchel on the 29th of July 1887.

2004

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George worked full time until he was 82 and retired to care for his wife Rena through ill health in 2004.

Andrew looks surprised by this picture and his scissors look a bit big.

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1996

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George, Rena and Andrew celebrate 100 years since G Livingston & Son took over Alexander McAdams business.

2016

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Edward is Andrews' mentor and his influence has greatly helped his career. It was Edward that sent Andrew to China which then opened new doors for him.   

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A happy time meeting customers in Suzhou.

Andrew on a trunk show at the Hong Kong Jockey club in Beijing.

2018

January the 15th 2018 We celebrated Leonora Tait working 50 years with G Livingston & Son.

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2015

Working with Edward, Andrew has travelled overseas to measure and fit Royalty, he has also worked with other high profile customers and pop stars.

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1888

Georges' son Andrew was born in Dunbar in 1888.

1895

In November 1895 Tailor, Alexander McAdam of Castle Douglas died. His widow sold the tailoring business at 96 King street to George Livingston.

1896

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George started trading from 96 King street in January 1896.

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George Livingston moved his business to 75 King Street after the building was renovated.

1904

A fire in 1904 gutted a number of premises on King Street.

Including Dalling,  saddler, W H Penman, cycle agent and Fred Walker, Chemist.

King Street, Castle Douglas Fire 1904

96 King Street, seen here on the right of the picture, was demolished at a later date to make way for the new Post Office.

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1906

George and Lucy Livingston and family in 1906.

Altogether they had produced 13 children by the end of 1906. Andrew, Lucy, Mary and Emily were born in Dunbar. James, George, Annie, Henry, Elsie, Robert, Margaret, Elizabeth and Albert were all born in Castle Douglas.

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George and Lucy's seven daughters

1908

George Died on the 31st of July 1908 leaving a young family (Albert was only 2).

Andrew was left to run the business and support the family.

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1909

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Andrew went to London to improve his cutting skills. He studied at the Tailor & Cutter Academy in Gerrard Street. His Diploma is dated March 27th 1909.

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A scale drawing from Andrew's sketch book dated January 1909. 

1918

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in 1918 Georges' son George Livingston was killed in action aged 19 years & 7 months.

1920

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Andrew married Jessie Jane Rogerson on the 1st of July 1920.

1922

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Andrew enlarged the scope of the business by starting to stock some ready made garments, starting with shirts, ties, caps, hats and underwear. This expanded over the years and this foresight greatly helped the business develop. 

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George Livingston was born 23rd of May 1922.

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Jessie with George and his younger brother Drew.

1942

Andrew Livingston died in September 1942,

Jessie Livingston nursed him through illness and ran the business during the war years when George was overseas.

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Andrew Livingston in a crowd of tailors.

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George and Drew

1949

George Married Andrewina Margaret Carson (Rena) 27th December 1949.

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1954

G Livingston, Gold Medal, 1954

1954 was a big year for G Livingston & Son they became the only Scottish firm ever to win a Gold Medal in the Tailor & Cutter competition. 

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George and Stanley here with the winning Jacket, George also got a silver medal for trousers the same year.

After winning the gold medal his tailoring business grew dramatically, George enrolled the help of city tailor E M Glazebrook to supplement production. Ted and his wife May, became life long friends with George.

Jessie was an astute business woman and needlewoman extraordinaire, she was still actively involved in the business in her 80's.

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Tailor Margaret Blythe, seated in the middle, worked for G Livingston & Son for 45 years.

1962

in 1962 Andrew was born.

In later years Ted Glazebrook helped train Georges' son Andrew. He was sent to Ipswich to serve the last three and a half years of his apprenticeship under Ted's expert eye. 

1971

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John Trainor worked for G Livingston for 50 years and remarkably his father James served 52 years with the firm.

In 1921 when John Trainor was an apprentice he got paid an extra half a crown for coming in early and lighting the stove for the irons.  

1972

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Rena Livingston was a teacher and after starting a family she ran a nursery school in the town for fifteen years. In 1972 Rena and George started a Ladies department in 69 King Street.

1976

Andrew started his training after School and working on Saturdays.

1979

After his initial training at home Andrew went to E M Glazebrook in Ipswich to finish his apprenticeship. 

1984

Andrew Married Susan Gerogina Clarke in March 1984.

1986

Lewis Livingston was born in June 1986

Lewis with his sister Kathryn

1987

Derek Jackson, an agent for Scabal cloth, helped Andrew up skill by introducing him to various Savile Row Tailors. Through this Andrew spent time working for the iconic Edward Sexton in Savile Row. 

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Edward with Peter Ozbourne who also took Andrew under his wing.

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Salvo Cannia was an extremely talented tailor from Sicily, as well as helping Andrew develop his tailoring skills he ended up a life long friend. 

Andrew and his family visited Sicily with Salvo many times and even drove from Scotland on one occasion.

1988

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Our tailors working hard, Leonora Tait front left, Diane Thomson centre, Roy Bagen right with George and Andrew in the background.