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.
Son of John McGhie of Balmaghie and Isabel Gordon. A cousin of the 8th Viscount Kenmure.1 Cloth-merchant in Edinburgh and Secretary to The Society of Hunters (a racing club). "A good-natured man, who has no aversion to be a butt [of a joke], although he takes care to have a good premium for every arrow that he receives".2
Life with Boswell:
Boswell met McGhie at Lord Kenmure's on September 16, 1762.