James Boswell died in 1795 believing he had touched and kissed a cache of Shakespeare's original letters and papers discovered by a Mr. Ireland. His friend, Edmond Malone, publicly exposed the lot as a forgery just a year later.
Christian HeronBorn ca. 1709
Died ca. 1780
Christian Heron was probably a daughter of Patrick Heron, MP and Margaret McKie. Probably a paternal aunt of Patrick Heron (1736-1803). Married to John Stewart, son of Patrick Coltrane (1680-1717) and Elizabeth Stewart. John Stewart was killed at the battle of Prestonpans in 1745. Mother of Margaret Stewart.
Life with Boswell:
Boswell met Christian Heron at Dumfries on October 5, 1762, describing her as "a very genteel well-bred woman who possesses the medium between forwardness and reserve that is seldom attained".