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James Boswell
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Birth: Oct. 29, 1740
Death: May 19, 1795

9th Laird of Auchinleck, lawyer, diarist, and biographer of Samuel Johnson. His surname has passed into the English language as a term (Boswell, Boswellian, Boswellism) for a constant companion and observer, especially one who records those observations in print. In A Scandal in Bohemia, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes affectionately says of Dr. Watson, who narrates the tales, "I am lost without my Boswell." He was the eldest son of a judge, Alexander Boswell, Lord Auchinleck and his wife Euphemia Erskine. As the eldest son, he was heir to his family's estate of Auchinleck in Ayrshire. Boswell's mother was a strict Calvinist, and he felt that his father was cold to him. Boswell had swarthy skin, black hair and dark eyes; he was of average height, and he tended to plumpness. His appearance was alert and masculine, and he had an ingratiating sense of good humour.
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  Margaret Montgomerie Boswell (1738 - 1789)*
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Auchinleck Old Churchyard
East Ayrshire, Scotland
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Record added: Oct 30, 2011
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