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 SpottiswoodeBorn ca. 1720
Son of John Spottiswoode (d. 1728) and Helen Arbuthnott (ca. 1675 - 1741). Half-brother (on mother's side) to Walter Macfarlane. Married (1740) to Mary Thomson (daughter of John Thomson of Charleton).
Life with Boswell:
Spottiswoode was at Macfarlane's in London when Boswell visited on March 13, 1763.