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 DouglasDied 1786
Life with Boswell:
Boswell met him at John Douglas' Kelhead on October 6 and 7, 1762. He described him as a catholic, "a delicate, quiet, religious creature, [who] must certainly be happy in another world, where I hope to meet him." On October 7, Douglas showed Boswell his room at Kelhead where "he has his books of devotion, and there does perform his penances and all the other rites of his severe religion. [...] We then went and took a walk. I was surprised to find him very cheerful and really facetious".