The Papers of Dr. Cullen are now online

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in cooperation with the University of Glasgow have made the entire collection of the consultation letters of renowned 18th century Edinburgh physician Dr. William Cullen available online. One such letter was written by Boswell requesting medical advice for his friend Dr. Johnson shortly before Johnson's death in 1784.

Steve Coogan to play Boswell in new movie

BAFTA award winning actor Steve Coogan has signed on to play James Boswell in a movie adaption of the West End play "Boswell for the Defence".

"Boswell For The Defence" (not to be confused with the journal volume of the same name) tells the true story of how James Boswell, in the twilight of his career and life, takes on an impossible case – to save the life of the convict Mary Bryant from the gallows.

New site layout - and a Facebook page

We have made an effort to get up-to-date with general technological development recently. This has now culminated with a new site design which is "responsive", meaning that it adjusts itself more beautifully to any scren size including mobile units. We have also created a Facebook-page, which you can "Like" to keep in touch with new developments on

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218th anniversary of the death of Boswell

The 218th anniversary of the death of James Boswell was commemorated by a small ceremony at the Boswell mausoleum in Auchinleck Churchyard in the morning of May 19, 2013. Speakers included Dr. Gordon Turnbull (general editor of the Yale Boswell editions), James Knox (chairman of the Boswell Trust) and Jim Todd (Provost of East Ayrshire).

250 years since the first meeting

250 years ago today a living legend walked into a small bookshop near Covent Garden. That legend was (Dr.) Samuel Johnson - lexicographer, author, literary critic, wit, etc. In the shop was a young Scotsman, who had for a long time hoped to meet the great Johnson. That young man was James Boswell, the 22 year old son af a Scottish judge, who had reluctantly allowed the young son to go to London for half a year, in the vain hope that he would get the big city and wild dreams of a career in the guards out of his system.


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