William Maxwell of Dalswinton

William Maxwell

Born 1728

Alias: 

4th of Dalswinton
Captain Maxwell
Last of Dalswinton

Biography: 

4th of Dalswinton. Son of Hugh Maxwell, 3rd of Dalswinton and Jane (or Jean) Douglas, a daughter of Helen Erskine, Boswells mothers half-sister, and William Douglas, 2nd of Kelhead. Married to Mary Boscawen, a daughter of the Viscount Falmouth. Brother of George Maxwell. Due to financial troubles he had to sell Dalswinton in 1786.

Maxwell eventually achieved the rank of Major in the army, so he might have been a Captain in 1763, although Boswell's use of the title "Captain" is not always to be taken quite literally.

Life with Boswell: 

Boswell dined with Captain Douglas of Kelhead and William Maxwell on December 21, 1762, and he had breakfast with Maxwell and John Boswell on January 7, 1763. Dinner with WM and Captain George Maxwell July 27, 1763.