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 WilsonBorn ca. 1710
Died Jun 18, 1787
Writer to the Signet in Edinburgh. Probably William Wilson of Howden, son of John Wilson, Bachelor of Humanity. Married firstly to Mary Campbell (b. 1732). Married secondly to Margaret Young, daughter of Thomas Young, merchant.1
- 1. Only source for the personal data on William Wilson, except that he was a Writer to the Signet, is A History of the Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet, printed 1890 by T & A Constable.
Life with Boswell:
Boswell first mentions Wilson when he met with him and "Bryce, a client" at Clerihue's tavern on February 5, 1767.