The Maker of Modern Lives
James Boswell, Biographer 1740-1795
The Maker of Modern Lives
James Boswell, Biographer 1740-1795

As author of the Life of Dr Johnson, Boswell invented the art of modern biography; his tour to the Hebrides and his account of Corsica established him as one of the earliest travel writers; and his rediscovered journals first published in the 1950s turned him into a twentieth-century literary sensation.

The Boswell Quill in Auchinleck Churchyard, where James Boswell and his immediate family are buried, orientates visitors on their discovery of the churchyard trails and celebrates the universal power of the written word.

‘Boswell is the first of biographers. He has no second.’ Thomas Babington Macaulay.

The Boswell Trust acknowledges the contribution of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) to the creation of the Boswell project in Auchinleck graveyard.

Boswell's Quill
The Boswell Quill

The starting point for exploration of the newly landscaped churchyard, is the square neo-classical mausoleum, enlarged in 1754, attached to the original seventeenth-century old kirk, where Boswell and his immediate family are buried.

Visitors are offered mapped trails of the churchyard, which tell the history of Auchinleck and its people – from every walk of life.  And take time to enjoy Scotland Boswell’s Quill, created by sculptor Harry Gray, which is destined to become a unique landmark renowned throughout Ayrshire and beyond.  

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Boswell Book Festival
Over the last ten years, Boswell Book Festival has evolved to become a place where readers and writers connect, and life stories are shared. It was wonderful to see our faithful Scottish audience extend around the globe this year. The response to our first online festival exceeded all our expectations. We would like to thank everyone who tuned in to our online events this year and those who made a donation to the festival. These donations help the festival to grow and enable us to continue to deliver a diverse range of authors, share new voices from around the world and reach even more children and young adults through our dedicated programme for schools and families. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Creative Scotland, East Ayrshire Council, Scottish Friendly, Iic Edimburgo, Baillie Gifford & Co, Dumfries House and the Hillhouse Group for providing their support this year. We are taking a little break to enjoy this glorious sunshine and we will return in August with lots of exciting book events. See MoreSee Less
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