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.
James Boswell - 7th Laird of Auchinleck
James BoswellBorn ca. 1672
Died Apr 21, 1749
Son of David Boswell (1640-1712) and Anna Hamilton (d. 1711). Paternal grandfather of James Boswell (1740-1795). Married (1704) to Elizabeth Bruce. Father of Veronica, David (1706-1709), Alexander, John, James and David (1711-1712).
As his son Alexander (d. 1782), James Boswell (d. 1749) also studied law at Leyden University in Holland. Following his wife's death in 1734 he fell into a constant melancholy, and spent most of his time on religious (Presbyterian) occupations. He was also active in the renovation of the church in Auchinleck, and participated in the selection of ministers for the parish.
James died when his grandson, the biographer, was only 8-9 years old.