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.
Catherine CochraneBorn ca. 1710
Died May 15, 1786
Daughter of John Cochrane (1687-1720), 4th Earl of Dundonald, and Anne Murray (d. 1710). Married (1729) to Alexander Stewart, 6th Earl of Galloway.
Life with Boswell:
Boswell met Catherine Cochrane, then Lady Galloway, at Galloway House on September 25, 1762, describing her as "a tall stately woman [who] in the last age was reckoned a beauty. [...] She is a High-Church woman in religion, a Jacobite in politics, and has a forbidding stiffness of manners that is very disagreeable. [...] She is very charitable and manages her family with much discretion." On September 26 she gave to Boswell a copy of Essays and Meditations by Dr. James Mackenzie.