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Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928)

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928)

Architect, decorative artist and watercolour painter

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s most famous buildings include Glasgow School of Art, Mrs Cranston's Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow, and the Hillhouse in Helensburgh and fine examples of his decorative designs and furniture. He joined the architectural practice of Honeyman and Keppie and was part of the group called 'The Immortals' at the Glasgow School of Art where he met his future wife, the artist, Margaret MacDonald. They moved to England and later to France where he concentrated on painting. He died in London on 10 December 1928. His drawings, designs and archive material are held by the Hunterian Art Gallery at the University of Glasgow.

Birth in 1868

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (registered as McIntosh) was born on 7 June 1868, the son of William McIntosh and Margaret Rennie. The entry in the statutory register of births for the district of Glasgow Central gives the place of birth as 70 Parson Street.

Birth record for Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Birth record for Charles Rennie Mackintosh (89 KB jpeg)
National Records of Scotland, (1868/644-1/1360) 

1871 to 1891 censuses

In 1871 Charles McIntosh, aged 2, was living at 70 Parson Street with his family in the district of Glasgow Central (National Records of Scotland, 1871/644-1/76, page 4).

In 1881 Charles Rennie McIntosh, aged 12, scholar, was living with his family at Firpark Terrace. The census record for the Dennistoun district of Glasgow shows that his father, a clerk in the police office, was born in Ireland and his mother in Ayrshire.

1881 census record for Charles Rennie Mackintosh

1881 census record for Charles Rennie Mackintosh (30 KB jpeg)
National Records of Scotland, 1881/644-3/67, pages 3-4

In 1891 he was in Italy. 

Marriage in 1900

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, architect, married Margaret Macdonald on 22 August 1900. The entry in the statutory register of marriages for Dumbarton gives his address as 120 Mains Street, Glasgow and hers as Dunglass Castle, Bowling. The place of marriage was the Episcopal Church in Dumbarton.

Marriage entry for Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Marriage entry for Charles Rennie Mackintosh (45 KB jpeg)
National Records of Scotland, 1900/496/88 

1901 and 1911 censuses

In 1901 Charles R Mackintosh, 32, architect and employer, was  at 120 Maine Street with his wife Margaret, artist who worked from home, a visitor born in the Cape of Good Hope and a servant who could speak Gaelic and English (G & E).  The census record for the district of Blythswood in Glasgow shows the property had seven rooms with one or more windows.

In 1911 Charles R Mackintosh, aged 42, architect was living at 78 Ann Street with his wife Margaret, sister-in-law Frances McHair and two servants. The census record for the district of Hillhead in Glasgow shows he had been married for 10 years and that the couple had no children.

1911 census record for Charles Rennie Mackintosh - page 14

1911 census record for Charles Rennie Mackintosh - page 15

1911 census record for Charles Rennie Mackintosh - page 16

1911 census record for Charles Rennie Mackintosh - page 17

1911 census record for Charles Rennie Mackintosh (9-14 KB jpeg)
National Records of Scotland, 1911/644-12/38, pages 14-17