My questions is - How friendly were the two of them?
David Kennedy(1727 - 1792) was the 10th Earl of Cassillis the man who instructed Robert Adam to build Culzean Castle(1777)
Boswell wrote according to the NTS guide book .....
The Coopers they came to Lord Cassillis at Culzean
With their hoops all tight and ready
From London they came down
Baith the Black and the Brown
And they wanted to give him a lady
Your Lordship, we pray, may not say us nae
For it's now full time you were girded (married)
Quoth the Earl "Faith my Dears,
So great are my fears
In conscience I'd rather be yearded. (buried)
Anyone know when this verse / song was witten? Where it appears? Is there more to it?
The Coopers refer to the daughters of Sir Grey Cooper. The Earl was not amused but forgave Boswell and friendship was restored.
It appears that earlier Boswell was not that impressed with the earl who before inheriting the title from his brother Thomas was the local MP. Boswell referring to him as a joker...a good honest fellow... and nothing more. Not the Highest praise?
Were they Really Friends ?
Question Submitted by Barry
During his stay in Berlin in 1764, Boswell lived in the house of Karl David Kircheisen, the president of the Berlin city council.