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.
Gilbert GordonDied 1794
Married (1758) to Margaret Stewart. Sometime Collector of Excise in Drumfries. He also had an epistle On the Cultivation of Taste published in the first volume of Donaldson's Collection of Original Poems by Scotch Gentlemen (1761).
A Miss Patricia Heron Gordon (d. 1821), "youngest lawfull d. of deceased Gilbert Gordon of Halleaths, p. of Lochmaben, Drumfriesshire" was married to William Maule (1771-1852), 1st Baron Panmure, on November 24, 1794.
Life with Boswell:
Boswell saw a bit of Gordon and his wife at Dumfries on October 5 and 6, 1762. Boswell described him as "a lively little man of a constant flow of vivacity and not so much feeling or depth of sentiment as to render him susceptible of unhappiness, or rather misery;".