James Boswell died in 1795 believing he had touched and kissed a cache of Shakespeare's original letters and papers discovered by a Mr. Ireland. His friend, Edmond Malone, publicly exposed the lot as a forgery just a year later.
Alexander AgnewBorn bef. 1730
Died Jan 03, 1768
Son of Patrick Agnew (d. 1758), 2nd of Dalreagle, and Mary Stewart. Married (1763) to Penelope Agnew, daughter of Sir Andrew Agnew (1687-1771), 5th Bart of Lochnaw.
Agnew graduated with an MA from Glasgow University in 1750. Admitted advocate (1754). At his death on January 3rd, 1768 he was Judge-Advocate for North Britain, and Lt-Col in the army.
Life with Boswell:
Boswell met Agnew at Kirroughtrie on October 2, 1762. He described him as "an agreeable little man enough". Boswell went to dine with Agnew and his family at Mertoun on the next day.