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.
Robert CholmondeleyBorn 1727
Son of the 3rd Earl of Cholmondeley (1702/3-1770) and Mary Walpole (1708-1731). Married Mary Woffington in 1746. Five children.
Cholmondeley was a theologian in 1762. In 1745, as an army lieutenant, he had been demoted following the Battle of Fontenoy. Surveyor and Auditor General of Plantations (1757-1804).1
- 1. 'Council of trade and plantations 1696-1782', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 3: Officials of the Boards of Trade 1660-1870 (1974), pp. 28-37. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=16802&strquery=Robert.... Date accessed: 17 July 2005.