Boswell, James (17401795)

Boswell, James, the biographer of Johnson, born at Edinburgh, showed early a penchant for writing and an admiration for literary men; fell in with Johnson on a visit to London in 1763, and conceived for him the most devoted regard; made a tour with him to the Hebrides in 1773, the “Journal” of which he afterwards published; settled in London, and was called to the English bar; succeeded, in 1782, to his father's estate, Auchinleck, in Ayrshire, with an income of £1600 a year. Johnson dying in 1784, Boswell's “Life” of him appeared five years after, a work unique in biography, and such as no man could have written who was not a hero-worshipper to the backbone. He succumbed in the end to intemperate habits, aggravated by the death of his wife (17401795).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

Boston Tea-party * Boswell, Sir Alexander
Bosna-Serai
Bosnia
Bos`phorus
Bos`quet, Pierre François Joseph
Bos`suet, Jacques Bénigne
Bossut, Charles
Boston
Boston
Boston, Thomas
Boston Tea-party
Boswell, James
Boswell, Sir Alexander
Bosworth
Bosworth, Joseph
Botany Bay
Both, John and Andrew
Bothnia
Bothwell
Bothwell, James Hepburn
Botocudos
Bo-tree