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 Cunninghame-GrahamBorn 1735
Died Dec 04, 1797 at Gartmore
Referred to by Boswell as young Graham of Gartmore he is probably identical with the scottish politician and poet, the 6th of Gartmore, 15th of Ardoch, son of Nicol Graham, 5th of Gartmore, and Margaret Cunnigham (1705-1789). Married twice, firstly to Anne Taylor, secondly to Elizabeth Buchanan, dau of Thomas Buchanan of Spitall and Leny.
Graham was sometime Receiver-General in Jamaica, Rector of Glasgow University (1785-1787) and was elected MP for Stirlingshire in 1794. He added the Cunningham to his name upon the death of his relative John Cunningham, 14th Earl of Glencairn, in 1796.
Life with Boswell:
Boswell "strolled about with young Graham of Gartmore" on June 18, 1763. Boswell's referring to him as Young Graham makes me slightly uneasy about the identifaction of this Graham with Robert Graham, as he was, after all, 27-28 at the time. But Boswell was probably was merely referring to Young Graham to distinguish him from his father.