A DUMBARTON campaigner has failed in an attempt to have Glasgow’s world-famous architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, honoured by the local authority.

Rose Harvie, secretary of Silverton Community Council, made a motion before West Dunbartonshire Council last week to have the architect honoured in some way.

The motion was made when the full council met at Clydebank Town Hall on Thursday.

Mrs Harvie’s motion was made to co-incide with the 150th anniversary of Mackintosh’s birth.

Mackintosh married Margaret McDonald, equally famous as an artist, in 1900, in St Augustine’s Church in Dumbarton High Street, her parish church.

Mackintosh was apprenticed, and then worked for Honeyman and Keppie, Glasgow architects.

Mrs Harvie asked councillors to have a small commemorative plaque erected in the new West Dunbartonshire Council offices in Church Street, opened in May this year, and designed by Glasgow architects, Keppie Designs.

Mrs Harvie said: “Because of this perhaps somewhat tenuous but interesting link it would be appropriate to have a small commemorative plaque or something similar, in the new building.”

But her proposal was met with opposition by Bailie Denis Agnew, who told the council: “I agree very much with the sentiment that it is a tenuous link and would not be appropriate.

“Keppie’s is a new company and a different one altogether since the 1940s. I suggest Mrs Harvie goes to the Civic Trust.”

Mrs Harvie responded and said to the Bailie: “There is no such body.”

Bailie Agnew added: “I then suggest you go to the chief executive officer of Historic Scotland and ask for some guidance and assistance.”

Mrs Harvie then asked the council: “Could this suggestion be put to the Dumbarton Town Centre Forum and ask our primary schools to design such a plaque.”

Councillors unanimously rejected Mrs Harvie’s proposal to have a commemorative plaque erected in the new council buildings in Church Street.