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.
Maurice Coulthard - Mayor of Carlisle
Maurice CoulthardBorn 1731
Boswell met him on October 11, 1762, at Springkell, describing him as "an apothecary, a true-looking Englishman with a round-cut head and leather breeches, a jolly dog who sung us a song that the boy sings who sweeps Drury-Lane stage before the chandles are lighted..." Later on in the same entry Boswell described him as my friend Dr. Coulthard suggesting that they knew each other well.
In 1788 Boswell was elected Recorder of Carlisle, during one of Coulthard's tenures as mayor. He resigned the Recordership in 1790.