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.
Samuel SpaldingDied 1774
Probably a son of the Rev. Samuel Spalding, Minister of Partoun (1692-1712), and Elisabeth Brown.
Boswell briefly described him as "A drunken laird". (Harvest, 160962)
Life with Boswell:
Boswell either met him at Lord Kenmure's, or possibly just passed on the Lord's description of him. (Harvest, 16/09-1762)