Boswell, James the Younger

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Boswell, James the Younger Gender: M
born on 15 September 1778 at 14:10 (= 2:10 PM )
Place Edinburgh, Scotland, 55n57, 3w13
Timezone LMT m3w13 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 22°46' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 16°25 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 19°07'


British barrister-at-law and the second surviving son of Samuel Johnson's biographer James Boswell.

Entered at Brasenose College, Oxford, in 1797, he took his B.A. degree in 1801, proceeding M.A. in 1806, and was elected a fellow on the Vinerian foundation. While a student at Brasenose he contributed notes signed "J. B. O." to the third edition of his father's Life of Samuel Johnson, and afterwards carefully revised and corrected the text for the sixth edition (see Malone's Prefaces).

Called to the bar of the Inner Temple, 24 May 1805, he was afterwards appointed a commissioner of bankrupts.

He was from an early age close to his father's friend Edmond Malone, whom he assisted in collecting and arranging the materials for a second edition of his Shakespeare, and was requested by him in his last illness to complete it, a task which he duly performed. He contributed to The Gentleman's Magazine for June 1813 a memoir of Malone, which in 1814 he reprinted for private circulation.

Boswell died suddenly at his chambers in the Temple, London, unmarried, on 24 February 1822, aged 43.

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  • child->parent relationship with Boswell, James (born 18 October 1740 Jul.Cal. (29 Oct 1740 greg.))


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield cites father's journal quoted in Boswell's Edinburgh Journals 1767-1786 edited by ‎Hugh M. Milne (Birlinn, 2001): "TUESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER [1778] ... I may continue my journal from this day on which my son James was born ... I had rested ill all night ... I rose beteen nine and ten. She [my wife] was in great distress all the forenoon.... About ten minutes after two she was safely delivered of a fine, big, stout boy..."

Place of birth from Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "Boswell, James (1778-1822), barrister and literary scholar, was born on 15 September 1778 at James's Court, Edinburgh" [1]/


  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (BA, MA)
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted
  • Family : Relationship : Married late/never (Never)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids none
  • Vocation : Law : Attorney (Barrister-at-law)
  • Vocation : Writers : Biographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor