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 BosvilleBorn 1745
Son of Godfrey Bosville of Gunthwaite and Diana Wentworth, daughter of Sir Win. Wentworth, 4th Bart of Bretton. Brother of Elisabeth Diana Bosville. He was educated at Harrow and entered the Coldstream Guards in December, 1761. A very distant relative of JBs, the names Bosville and Boswell both being variations of the french Boisville. He retired from the army with the rank of Lieutenant in 1777.
He was known as a Bon Vivant in his own lifetime,1 and had dinner parties in his house on Welbeck Street, London, on an almost daily basis up until his death. He was also a friend of author John Horne Tooke (1736-1812), also known as The Philosopher of Wimbledon. He was buried in the chancel in St. Giles-in-the-Fields.2
- 1. http://www.npg.org.uk/live/search/person.asp?LinkID=mp61948
- 2. Main source for this short biography is the Dictionary of National Biography.
Life with Boswell:
Boswell first met Bosville on April 18, 1763 at the Tower of London. In Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763 he described the moment as a happy occasion, and Boswell became a good friend of the Bosvilles later on.