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.
Son of Patrick Craufurd of Drumsoy (d. 1733) and Jane Craufurd, 2nd daughter of Archibald Craufurd, 15th of Auchenames. Brother of Patrick Craufurd. He achieved the rank of Lieut-General in the army and became Governor of the Island of Minorca, on which he died. He was probably the John Craufurd who was in 1761 MP for Berwickshire.