James Boswell was a clown, horseman and equilibrist who died 1859.
His eldest son, James Clements Boswell, established his own circus - "Boswell's Circus".
James children came to South Africa in 1911 to join Fillis Circus, but Fillis' Circus closed down within some months.
1916: The circus became known as the Boswell Brothers' Circus and Menagerie, later directed by two brothers Sydney and Walter Boswell, with their nephew Stanley Boswell.
1963: Merge with Boswell Circus, as Boswell-Wilkies Circus, with none of the Boswell family present on the circus.
Stanley Boswells son, Brian, later (1982) started his own circus Brian Boswells Circus.