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.
George William MaxwellBorn aft. 1728
Son of Hugh Maxwell, 3rd of Dalswinton and Jane (or Jean) Douglas, a daughter of Helen Erskine, Boswell's mothers half-sister, and William Douglas, 2nd of Kelhead. Brother of William Maxwell. Married to Ann Handcock, dau of Peter Handcock of Twyning Manor. They had one son and four daughters before Maxwell "met his death from the accidental discharge of his own gun, whilst shooting small birds near his own house."1. Tragically, his son William George Maxwell's death in 1838 was also "occassioned by the accidental discharge of his gun, which rendered necessary the amputation of his arm, under the effects of which he expired."2
Maxwell was a captain in the 35th foot regiment.
Life with Boswell:
Boswell dined with Maxwell and his brother on January 1 and July 27, 1763.