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The way we were: Anglo-Scottish relations

Estracts from memoirs and diaries

By Ian Irvine   June 2013

Samuel Johnson with his Scottish biographer, James Boswell (© Lebrecht Authors/Lebrecht Music & Arts/Corbis)

King Edward I of England returns over the border after subduing the Scots in 1296: “It does a man good to be shot of a turd.”

James Boswell, aged 22, records his first meeting with Samuel Johnson at Tom Davies’s bookshop in Covent Garden, 16th May 1763: “I drank tea at Davies’s in Russell Street, and about seven came in the great Mr Samuel Johnson, whom I have so long wished to see. Mr Davies introduced me…

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