Few cities around the world can beat Glasgow’s claim to be the genuine centre of love.The city is the location of some of the remains of St Valentine himself – in a Gorbals church no less.And speaking of love, the city bore witness to one of the most fascinating and profound love stories in the history of art and design – one that makes Casablanca look like The Conjuring.Glasgow’s most famous son, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and his wife Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh.
However, many might not know that the famous couple were married 15 miles up the road in Dumbarton.Mackintosh and (West Midlands born) Margaret met in 1892 after being introduced to one another by the head of Glasgow School of Art, Francis Henry Newbery. He saw similarities between the work of Mackintosh (then an apprentice at Honeyman and Keppie), his classmate and fellow apprentice Herbert MacNair, Margaret, a fellow student and artist and her sister Francis. [ . . . ]