Location in Boswell's time: 

During the 17th century Moffat began to grow from a small village into a popular spa town. The sulphurous waters of Moffat Spa were believed to have healing properties.

The location today: 

The town today is well preserved and many remnants of the 19th century spa town remains.

Association with Boswell: 

Boswell stayed for weeks at Moffat at various times of his life, including once in his teens and also after his return from his "grand tour" of Europe in 1766 "to wash off a few scurvy spots which the warmer climates of Europe had brought out on my skin", as he put it in a letter to his friend William Temple (letter of May 17, 1766, printed in Boswell in Search of a Wife, 1766-1769).


The inaugural Boswell Book Festival

The Boswell Museum and Mausoleum Trust has announced the inaugural Boswell Book Festival which is to take place on the grounds of Auchinleck House on May 20 - 22, 2011.

The festival will feature talks by internationally reknowned experts in the fields of diary and biography, most notably Dr. Gordon Turnbull, who has been General Editor of the Private Papers of James Boswell at Yale University since 1997.

Among other speakers that has been announced are Diana Athill, OBE and biographer Selina Hastings.


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