James Boswell

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It has been announced, that Sky Arts has commissioned a new mini-series, Boswell & Johnson’s Scottish Road Trip, based on James Boswell's and Dr Johnson's trip through Scotland to the Hebrides.

Exactly one year ago, Jamesboswell.info had been lying pretty much dormant for some time, due to limited time on the part of the webmaster and an obsolete technical platform. Most of 2018 has been spent making up for that, and the site is now well and truly ready for 2019 and the years to come!

Following almost a year of making edits, software updates and content additions, jamesboswell.info is finally fully functional once more and well-prepared for the future.

Earlier this year, Mike Collier, a British-born author based for some years in the Baltic country of Latvia, published "Up The Baltick" - a journal of Boswell and Johnson's hitherto unknown journey through the Baltic countries in 1778.

I recently received a mail from a site visitor, who had discovered from Boswell's original birth certificate that he was actually born on October 18, 1740, and not on October 29, 1740, as is generally thought. There is, however, a perfectly good explanation for this apparent discrepancy.

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Do you want to learn about some of the many people, James Boswell met throughout his eventful life? Have you read about someone in his journals, who you want to know more about? Have a look at our biographical index of 450+ people from James Boswell's own life.


There has been published literally hundreds of thousands of pages by or about James Boswell. Some volumes contain his journals and letters, some are academic studies dealing with certain aspects of his life, and some are modern biographies about the great biographer himself. You can find them in our bibliographical index of Boswellian literature


James Boswell has inspired thousands of scholars, authors, collectors and historians to study and write about him, about his life (as well as his Life) and about the 18th century in general. You can read about some of the most illustrious of these in our index of Boswellians.