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 GordonBorn bef. 1750
Died Feb 07, 1772 at Menorca
9th Viscount Kenmure by courtesey. Son of John Gordon, 8th Viscount (by courtesey) Kenmure, and Frances Mackenzie. He inherited the attainted title of Viscount from his father in 1769, but died just a few years later, at Minorca, on February 7, 1772, probably no older than 27-28. Captain in the Royal Scots regiment of foot. He was succeeded by his brother John Gordon.
Life with Boswell:
James Boswell met William Gordon at Kenmure House during his stay there from September 16 - September 18, 1762. He described Gordon as "a heavy boy [...] much inferior in parts to John [his brother]."