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 IrvineBorn 1704
He is probably the Mr. Robert Irvine, W.S. (Writer to the Signet) who married Mary Veitch, daughter of William Veitch of Elleock, and a sister of Lord Eliock, in January, 1764. According to Boswell (BJJ, p. 69) a writer in Edinburgh and a very good plain man and more genteel than usual. According to a note in CJJ (p. 39n1), Writer to the Signet, third son of William Irving of Bonshaw.
Life with Boswell:
Boswell met with him at Dumfries on October 6, 1762, and went with him to Kelhead. On the next day they dined at the house of Irvine's nephew at Bonshaw.