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Portrait of James Boswell, painted 1785 by Joshua Reynolds

James Boswell (1740-1795) - advocate, traveller, journalist, Scotsman and author of that most amazing book, the Life of Johnson. This site is dedicated to the life of Boswell.

Latest blog articles

Dec 23, 2015

I recently received a mail from a site visitor, who had discovered from Boswell's original birth certificate that he was actually born on October 18, 1740 and not on October 29, 1740 as is generally thought. There is, however, a perfectly good explanation for this apparent discrepancy. When Boswell was born in 1740, the United Kingdom was one of a few European countries still using the so-called...Read more

May 13, 2015

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in cooperation with the University of Glasgow have made the entire collection of the consultation letters of renowned 18th century Edinburgh physician Dr. William Cullen available online. One such letter was written by Boswell requesting medical advice for his friend Dr. Johnson shortly before Johnson's death in 1784. It has taken a massive effort to...Read more

Apr 03, 2015

The French ensemble Le Théâtre des Trois Couleurs are currently planning a series of performances of their new play L'Anglais et le Philosophe (the Englishman and the Philosopher) in June 2015. Perhaps not surprising for the readers of this web site, the Englishman is James Boswell and the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau . According to the the author of the play, Bernard Turpin, the story is...Read more