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.
Bruce CampbellBorn 1734
Died Feb 1813
Of Milrig, Mayfield and Hillhouse. Son of Hugh Campbell (1703-1782) and Margaret Henderson. Married (1772) to Annabella Wilson (b. ca. 1751), daughter of James Wilson of Kilmarnock. Grandson of Hugh Campbell and Margaret Boswell (b. 1672), the daughter of JB's great-grandfather David Boswell, and hence a sister of JB's grandfather. Campbell and his wife had at least 10 children.1
- 1. Paterson, James. (1847). History of the County of Ayr : with a genealogical account of the families of Ayrshire
Life with Boswell:
Boswell was with Milrig at Marchmont House on October 18, 1762, describing him as "a rough, blunt, resolute young fellow with much common sense, and is very obliging to his friends". In Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763 Boswell refers to a letter he had received from Campbell some time before, suggesting that he "should call on a lady of the town named Miss Watts and treat her with another [bottle of sherry]".1 Miss Watts was a prostitute and on May 19, 1763 Boswell went to see her.
Later on Bruce Campbell acted as Supervisor of Auchinleck in Boswell's absense. In a letter to Campbell dated November 13, 1788, poet Robert Burns asked Campbell for an introduction to Boswell.2