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.
William Currie - Laird of Brydekirk
William CurrieDied 1775
A writer in Edinburgh. Married to Elizabeth Hunter (d. 1788). He had at least one daughter, Mary, who married (1783) Richard Campbell, also a writer. The marriage registration lists Mary as daughter of deceased William Currie of Bridekirk, so he died at some time prior to September 6, 1783.1 A James Currie, probably William's brother, was a close friend of John Johnston.2
Currie acted as Boswell's guide from Annan to Springkell on October 7, 1762. Boswell described him as "a genteel, obliging young man".