Peter S. Baker

Full name
Peter Stuart Baker
First name
Peter
Last name
Baker
Born 1952
Biography

Peter S. Baker is a Professor of English at the University of Virginia. He got his B.A. from Columbia in 1974 and a Ph.D. from Yale in 1978. He has also been an associate professor of English at Towson State University in Maryland, USA.

Baker is best known as the author of Deconstruction and the Ethical Turn (1995) and The Beowulf Reader (2000)

Alexander Fraser of Strichen

Name
Alexander Fraser
First name
Alexander
Last name
Fraser
Born 1733
Died 1794
Gender
0
Alias
8th of Strichen
Biography

Alexander Fraser was the son of Alexander Fraser (ca. 1700-1775), 7th of Strichen,1   and Anne Campbell (1692-1736). In 1764 he married Jean Menzies with whom he had at least nine children.

Fraser was granted the lands of Strichen, Aberdeenshire, in 1759, during his father's own lifetime. He was also the grandfather of Thomas Fraser (1802-1875), who in 1854 became the 12th Lord Lovat, following the reversal of the attainder of the 11th Lord, who was executed in 1747 following the Jacobite rebellion of 1745.

  • 1The older Fraser was a longtime judge of the Court of Session (1730-1775), styled Lord Strichen.
Life with Boswell

On August 25, 1773, Boswell and Dr Johnson continued their journey to the Highlands from their stay at Slains Castle. According to Boswell, "Mr Johnson was curious to see a Druid’s Temple. I had a recollection of one at Strichen which I had seen fifteen years ago. So we went four miles out of our road after passing Old Deer, and went thither. Mr Fraser, the proprietor, was at home and showed it. But I had augmented it in my mind, for all that remains is the two stones set up on end with a long one laid between them, as was usual, and one stone at a little distance from them. That stone was the capital one of the circle which surrounded what now remains. Fraser was very hospitable."

The stone circle in mention was since destroyed twice before being restored in the 1980s.1

Fraser's father was a long-time colleague of Boswell's father Lord Auchinleck in the Court of Session.

  • 1https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strichen_stone_circle

Charles N. Fifer

Full name
Charles N. Fifer
First name
Charles
Last name
Fifer
Born 1922
Died 2012
Biography

Charles Fifer was born in 1922 in Evanston, Illinois. He was educated at New Trier High School, Northwestern University, and Yale University, where he wrote his PhD dissertation on the correspondence of James Boswell.

During World War II he served with the 34th Infantry Division in Italy and France. In 1955 he married Norma Crow, a fellow English teacher who later taught for many years at Crystal Springs Uplands School in Hillsborough, CA.

Charles taught at Iowa State, Lawrence University, the University of Illinois, and at Stanford from 1956 until his retirement in 1991. In addition to teaching courses in 18th-century literature, which he once described as "one of the less inhabited periods," he was for many years the Director of Freshman English, a program that served the whole university by ensuring that every undergraduate had competent writing skills.
 

Thomas Crawford

Born 1920
Died 2014
Biography

Thomas Crawford was a key figure in the recent history of Scottish literary studies. He was educated at Dunfermline High School and Edinburgh University, before taking on his first long-term teaching post in the English department at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He returned to Scotland in 1965 to take up a post at Aberdeen University, where he remained until his retirement in 1985.

Ralph S. Walker

Full name
Ralph Spence Walker
First name
Ralph
Last name
Walker
Born 1904
Died 1990
Biography

Walker held lectureships or chairs at several universities, including Aberdeen and Yale, before, in 1955, he was elected to the Molton Chair of English at McGill University, from where he retired in 1970 as Professor Emeritus.

He was described, in an obituary in St Catharine's College Society Magazine, as "a quiet, gentle and courteous man, yet formidable as both scholar and administrator".1

  • 1 https://www.society.caths.cam.ac.uk/Public_Magazines/1990r.pdf

Elizabeth Goldring

Full name
Elizabeth Goldring
First name
Elizabeth
Last name
Goldring
Biography

Elizabeth Goldring currently holds the title of Honorary Reader at the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick.

She is best known for authoring Nicholas Hilliard: Life of an Artist (2019), which won the Apollo 'Book of the Year' Award, and Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and the World of Elizabethan Art (2014), which won the Roland H. Bainton Prize for Art History. 

Goldring is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Bruce Redford

Full name
Bruce Redford
First name
Bruce
Last name
Redford
Biography

Bruce Redford is currently Professor Emeritus in Baroque & 18th Century Art at Boston University.

Redford took a B.A. in English and American Literature from Brown University (1971-1975) and a B.A. in Medieval Studies from King's College, Cambridge (1975-1977), before going on to Princeton for a PhD in English Literature (1977-1981). He then went on to the University of Chicago, where he taught English for 17 years, the last eight of them as a full professor. In 1998 he moved to Boston University, as a University Professor and Professor of English. In 2003 he was also appointed Professor of Art History, and he has served in a variety of other administrative appointments during his time at Boston.

One of Redford's primary fields of interest has been the works of Samuel Johnson, and he has served on the editorial committee of the Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson since 1985. Most significantly, he edited the 5-volume Letters of Samuel Johnson (1992-1994) for Princeton and Clarendon Press.  

Boswellian impact

In Boswellian circles, Redford is best known for editing the second volume of the Yale Boswell Editions’ manuscript edition of the Life of Johnson together with Elizabeth Goldring.

What is Chateau Boswell?

Question

Despite its name, Chateau Boswell has nothing to do with James Boswell and is not another name for Auchinleck House, James Boswell's ancestral home. 

Chateau Boswell was a Californian Napa Valley winery, founded in 1979 by Richard Thornton Boswell (1932-2014). Richard Boswell was born in California and his ancestry can be traced back to Richard Vadler Boswell (b. 1834 in Pennsylvania, d. 1891), who is not a known relation of James Boswell's.

The Chateau Boswell winery was known for its sustainable approach to winemaking, and in 2007 was the first winery to be certified Napa Green. It was located on 3468 Silverado Trail, St. Helena in California, before being destroyed on September 28, 2020, as one of the most notable casualties of the Glass Fire wildfire, which burned through the famous winemaking counties of Napa and Sonoma.