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.
John MauleBorn 1706
Died Jul 02, 1781
Son of Henry Maule (1659-1734) of Kelly, and Anne Lindsay Crawfurd (d. 1729). Member of Parliament for Aberdeen Burghs (1739-1748). Appointed Baron of the Exchequer for Scotland in May, 1748. Appointed Trustee for encouraging fisheries and manufactures in Scotland in July, 1749. He died unmarried in 1781.
Baron Maule's Close in Edinburgh is named after him.
Life with Boswell:
Boswell, in journal notes published in Boswell on the Grand Tour I, 1763-1764, writes about himself "[being] a kind of Baron Maule" (July 10, 1764) and an intention of his to "live like Baron Maule". (July 28, 1764).