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.
William Richard MiddlemoreBorn 1730
Life with Boswell:
Boswell met him on October 6, 1762 at Kelhead, and described him as "an ugly, stupid, well-tempered gentleman".