James Clements Boswell II

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James Clements Boswell II
Profession circus director
Personal details
Born 1853 Lambeth, Surrey in United Kingdom
Dead in United Kingdom

Spouse(s) 1879 Louisa Powell

Country South Africa

Work locations
Title owner 1882-1963
Location at Boswell Circus in South Africa

Biography details

James Clements Boswell II, circus director in South Africa

Born 1853 in United Kingdom in United Kingdom , son of artist James Boswell and artist Rebecca Cooke .

Jockey act and character act rider. Born c1853, at Lambeth, Surrey. Later a circus proprietor.
Brother of Nellie Boswell (Mrs Cattle). Jimmy Boswell married the equestrienne Louisa Powell (born 1858, at Edinburgh, Scotland, daughter of James Powell), in 1879. Father of James, Alfred, Sidney, Rebecca (born c1880, in Germany, who married George Lockhart) and Doretta.

Proprietor of Boswell's Circus by 1883, in Blackpool, going to Whitehaven, Carlisle, etc. For a number of years had a wooden circus building at Oxford, with seasons commencing there on 24th April 1889, for seventeen weeks, 5th April 1890, for a short season, 20th July 1891, for fifteen weeks, and in 1893. After this he ran a show at Swindon, with his eldest son James. Later ran the Boswell Stage Circus, managed by son James. The family then went to South Africa, where they remained for many years, with a circus and menagerie combined. 'Victorian Arena; the Performers', Dr John Turner volume 1 (Lingdales, 1995)

James Clements Boswell II


Total: 2 children

  1. Jim Boswell. Born: 1881?. Dead: † 1971
  2. Rebecca Boswell. Born: ca 1880.


Siblings through the father James Boswell (1826-01-04-1859):

  1. Ellen Boswell
  2. Harry Boswell

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James Clements Boswell II
Born: 1853

James Boswell

Born: 1826-01-04

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Rebecca Cooke

Born: 1814

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Thomas Cooke

Born: 1782
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Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). director James Clements Boswell II in South Africa. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 30 November 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=629. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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