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The Scottish world record holder

nobody’s heard of…
Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh

Most people in Scotland, and particularly in Glasgow, are well aware of the artistic and architectural importance of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his influence over generations of other artists, designers and architects. Many will also be aware of his part in The Glasgow Four, or at least recognise that name, but is it reasonable to assume that it is less widely known that another one of The Four was his wife, Margaret? Or that the other female member was her younger sister, Frances?

The girls were born in England, in the West Midlands, but it seems that when their Glaswegian father retired as a mining engineer the family moved back to their Glasgow roots. When the girls enrolled at Glasgow School of Art in 1891, they were presumably unaware that they were embarking on not only their artistic careers, but a life journey that would see them meet their future spouses and develop into The Glasgow Four. Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Herbert McNair, those future spouses, completed The Four. They were friends and architectural colleagues who were also studying at the School, and the group were most probably introduced deliberately by Francis Newbery, the innovative head of the School, because all four shared similarities of artistic style.

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March 2018 Issue number 39 The only independent Pro Scottish magazine on sale today