Mary Erskine - wife of Alexander Webster

Mary Erskine

Born 1715
Died 1766


Mary Webster


Daughter of John Erskine and Euphemia Cochrane. Sister of Euphemia Erskine, the mother of James Boswell. Married (1737) to Alexander Webster. The couple had six sons and one daughter, including James WebsterJohn Webster and William Webster

Life with Boswell: 

Boswell described her when, on October 27, 1762, he visited the Webster's, as "a woman of great humour, luxuriant and wild, so that she will give a loose to every sally of imagination; she has joined with this a mixture of Presbyterian cant and vulgarity that renders her quite a caricatura."