Personal data Died 1774 Alias Laird of Dullarg Biography Probably a son of the Rev. Samuel Spalding, Minister of Partoun (1692-1712), and Elisabeth Brown. Boswell briefly described him as "A drunken laird". 1 1In his Journal of My Jaunt, entry: September 16, 1762. Life with Boswell Boswell either met him at Lord Kenmure's, or possibly just passed on the Lord's description of him.