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 MaxwellDied Apr 15, 1763
Daughter of William Maxwell (1703-1760), 2nd of Springkell, and Catherine Douglas (d. 1761), dau of William Douglas, 2nd of Kelhead. Sister of William Maxwell, 3rd of Springkell.
According to Sir William Musgrave, she died on April 15, 1763.1
She never married.
- 1. Musgrave, William. "A General Nomenclator and Obituary, with Referrence to the Books Where the Persons are Mentioned, and Where Some Account of Their Character is to be Found.
Life with Boswell:
Boswell met her at Springkell, where he stayed from October 7 to October 13, 1762. He described her as "an honest-hearted, merry, jocular girl, of size somewhat corpulent but has a very agreeable countenance and can walk and dance with all imaginable cleverness. She plays with taste upon the guitar, which she chiefly employs in accompanying her voice with a thorough-bas.. Indeed her singing is so excellent that I should wish to reward her with due praise in this my journal, but that I own is difficult to do."