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.
Lauchlan MacphersonBorn ca. 1740
Died 1766 in Africa
Son of Donald Macpherson of Breakachie, and Christian Macpherson. In 1759 he became an ensign in the 78th Foot Regiment (known as Fraser's Highlanders). In 1760 he was promoted to Lieutenant. His regiment was disbanded in 1763, but he returned to active service in August, 1765, in a company headed for Africa. The next year he became seriously ill, and died in Africa on December 5, 1766.
Life with Boswell:
Boswell met Macpherson in Berlin on July 5, 1764, and described him as "a fine, honest, spirited fellow." They spent a lot of time in each other's company during Boswell stay in the city.
Note 1: Boswell on the Grand Tour I, 1763-1764, July 14, 1764