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2 March 2017: Dr Fred Nicholls to speak at Lichfield

On Thursday 2nd March 2017 at Lichfield Dr Fred Nicholls will be the speaker.

26 October 2016: Dr Susan Rennie to speak at Auchinleck House

On Wednesday October 26th 2016 at Auchinleck House at 5 pm Dr Susan Rennie will speak on Boswell’s Dictionary. The image included in this post is taken from Dr Rennie’s WordPress site,

15 October 2016: Michael Bundock to speak at Bath

On Saturday October 15th 2016 at the American Museum, Bath, Michael Bundock will speak on Francis Barber. Mr  Bundock’s The Fortunes of Francis Barber was published by Yale University Press in 2015.

14 May 2016: Dr Cecil Courtney spoke at North Crawley

On Saturday May 14th Alexander and Jane Boswell welcomed us to their beautiful home.  Dr Cecil Courtney spoke on Zelide, James Boswell’s Dutch friend.  They have kindly agreed for us to have the May Meeting biannually from 2018.

2 March 2016: Dr N Ashton spoke at Lichfield

On March 2nd we were privileged to hear Dr. N Ashton speak at Lichfield.  At the AGM it was suggested, discussed and agreed that the accounts in future should run to September 30th. The next AGM will be at Bath in October 2016 and then alternating with Auchinleck in October 2017.


On Wednesday 28th October 2015 at 12 noon, David and Joan Boswell welcomed  society members to Auchinleck House.  Mark McLean from Newhailes near Edinburgh made the Presidential Address entitled “The Friendship between Lord Hailes and James Boswell.”  


On Saturday 17 October 2015 at 12 noon we met again at the American Museum in Bath.  Eric Christen kindly agreed to speak on ‘James Boswell’s visit to Voltaire’  The AGM  took place at 11.30 am preceding the lunch.  

5 November 2014: Dane Love spoke at Auchinleck House

At this year’s well attended annual Auchinleck House meeting on the 5th of November, the speaker was Dane Love, the Auchinleck local historian, who presented a well-researched study of Boswell family heraldry. Chairman David and Joan were as usual our gracious hosts.

11 October 2014: David Clapham spoke at Bath

As has become the custom, the Bath Meeting of the Society took place at the American Museum near Bath on the 11th of October. It was a glorious autumn day when the speaker, David Clapham of Glasgow and his wife were welcomed. The title of David’s talk was ‘Claphams’s Presumptuous Task’. The lunch was preceded […]

16 May 2015: Andrew Boswell spoke on behalf of Dr Cecil Courtney at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London

On Saturday the 16th of May 2015 we returned to the Connaught Rooms in London for lunch after which Dr Andrew Boswell read Dr Courtney’s speech as he was ill. Dr Cecil Courtney, of Cambridge University, had prepared a talk on James Boswell’s Dutch friend, Zèlide (Belle de Zuylen), whom he met whilst a student at Utrecht. […]