1909, October 9: Supporters of the women’s suffrage movement in Scotland stage a grand historical pageant through Edinburgh. Ann Macbeth is one of the many women designing and making banners.
1909: Following the bankruptcy of James Herbert MacNair’s family, James and Frances move back to Glasgow. Frances is appointed design instructor for metalwork and needlework at The Glasgow School of Art by Francis Newbery.
1910: Ernest Archibald Taylor is appointed Professor at P. Tudor-Hart’s School of Drawing and Painting in Paris, France. From 1911 to 1915 he and his wife, Jessie Marion King, run their own private art school in the French capital.
1911, March 29: Talwin Morris, art director for publisher Blackie & Son, dies at the age of forty-five.
1911: Mackintosh designs two final interiors at Miss Cranston’s Ingram Street Tearooms: the Blue “Chinese” Room and the Cloister Room.
1911: Catherine Cranston runs two temporary exhibition cafés at the Scottish Exhibition of National History, Art and Industry.
1911: Following the publication of Educational Needlecraft, the GSA sends out needlework teaching samples across the British Empire. Authors Ann Macbeth and Margaret Swanson give lectures around the country.
1912: Macbeth is imprisoned, placed in solitary confinement, and force-fed because of her commitment to the suffragist movement, which is fighting for votes for women.
1913, December 31: Mackintosh leaves the architectural firm of Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh following Keppie’s financial review of the practice. Mackintosh attempts to set up on his own, but he fails to find work.
1913: Mackintosh designs his first book covers for publisher Blackie & Son.
1913: Jessie Marion King is invited to design “A Modern Nursery” for an exhibition at the Musée Galliera, Paris, France.
1914, July: The First World War begins. Student numbers at the GSA drop significantly after conscription for men begins. Many women volunteer for war work. The Mackintoshes leave Glasgow for Walberswick in Suffolk, England.
1915, June 14: In England Mackintosh is banished from the counties of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk, after being reported to the Walberswick police on suspicion of being a spy, with the police finding old letters from his friends in Germany and Austria in his home.
1915: The Mackintoshes move to the artists’ quarter of Chelsea, London, where they each take a studio in Glebe Place. They become part of an active artistic and social circle.
1915: The Mackintoshes design textiles for manufacturers Foxton’s and Sefton’s until about 1923.
1916: Mackintosh designs the interior decoration for 78 Derngate in Northampton, England, for engineer W. J. Bassett-Lowke.
1917, September: Mackintosh’s last tearoom interior for Catherine Cranston, The Dug-Out, sited in the basement of the Willow Tearooms, is completed.
1917: Francis Newbery retires from the GSA after thirty-two years’ service heading up art education in Glasgow.
1917, October 22: John Cochrane dies. Catherine Cranston begins to sell off her businesses. The Buchanan Street and Argyle Street Tearooms both close in 1918. She sells the Willow Tearooms, which become The Kensington in 1919.
1918, February 6: The Representation of the People Act gives all men over the age of twenty-one, and those over nineteen in the Armed Forces, the right to vote in Great Britain. Women over thirty who meet a property qualification finally get the vote, but full equal voting rights for women in Britain are not granted until 1928.
1918, November 11: World War I ends.
1920: Mackintosh designs studios and studio-blocks in Chelsea for individual artists and the Arts League of Service. Only one gets built: a studio-house for the painter Harold Squire at 49 Glebe Place.
ca. 1920: Mackintosh has a series of portrait photographs taken of him by E. O. Hoppé in London.
1920: The Mackintoshes sell their home at 78 Southpark Avenue in Glasgow.
1920. Painting flowers becomes an increasingly important pursuit for Mackintosh.
1921: Frances Macdonald MacNair dies in Glasgow.
1922: Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh and Jessie Marion King each contribute a small watercolor to Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House project. This is the last known artwork by Margaret.
1923–27: The Mackintoshes travel around many towns in the south of France and further afield to Italy and Spain. In 1925 they stay for the first time in the small town of Port Vendres.
1924, April 27: James Salmon Junior dies from cancer, aged fifty-one. Two years later his former partner John Gaff Gillespie dies. Their office will ultimately evolve into Gillespie, Kidd, and Coia, one of the most innovative modernist architectural firms in post-war Britain.
1924: Mackintosh exhibits at the Fourth International Water Color Exhibition, Chicago.
1927, May–June: Margaret returns to London for financial and medical reasons. There she promotes Mackintosh’s watercolors to galleries. Mackintosh writes regularly to Margaret while she is away, resulting in the most personal body of correspondence between the couple to survive.
1928, December 10: Mackintosh dies of cancer of the tongue at a nursing home in London.
1929: Margaret travels around the south of France, returning to Port Vendres. In May 1931, on the expiration of her visa, she goes to Monaco before returning to London.
1933, January 7: Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh dies of cardiac asthma in a London nursing home.
1933, May: The Mackintosh Memorial Exhibition is held at the McLellan Galleries, Glasgow, as a celebration of the Mackintoshes’ life and work.
1933, December 10: George Walton dies exactly five years to the day after Mackintosh.