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.
Thomas Alexander ErskineBorn 1732
Died Oct 09, 1781 in Brussels from "putrid fever"
Erskine was a composer of some fame in his own time, as well as being an able violinist who directed the concerts in Saint Cecillia's Hall in Niddry's Wynd, Edinburgh in the 1760s. Grand Master of the masonic Grand Lodge of Scotland (1763-65).
He died in Brussels on October 9th, 1781 and was succeeded as Earl of Kellie by his brother Archibald.
Life with Boswell:
Most of Erskine's musical works seems to have been lost, but some 1839 editions of Minuets & Songs, Composed by the Right Honourable Thomas Earl of Kelly are sometimes available from úsed bookstores, as is his Trio Sonata in F for 2 Violins & Continuo in a 1991 PB edition.