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.
Isabella SchawBorn ca. 1740
Daughter of Dr. David Thomson, a physician at Edinburgh. Married (November 28, 1762 in Edinburgh) to Capt. Frederik Bridges Schaw.1 According to Boswell, she was "[a] woman of a good deal of knowledge, pretty good sense, much vivacity, and a aprodigious flow of words".2
Life with Boswell:
Boswell had apparently been in love with her at some time in 1762 (probably in Edinburgh). He met her again in London on March 15, 1763, and they had tea together on March 20, 1763. Later on, in Edinburgh in the 1770s, Boswell and the Schaws seems to have moved in the same circles and they met occasionally.