He was educated at Loretto, gained a BA at Brasenose College, Oxford and BL at Glasgow University. He was a lawyer.
He played rugby for Scotland 1889-1894
He served in the Boer War and in France in WW1 and in 1917 was awarded the Serbian Order of the White Eagle.
|Cumnock Chronicle March 1917|
He was married and had at least 2 children: Jean Campbell Douglas Boswell and John Patrick Douglas Boswell (born 1910 in Edinburgh).
He died in Edinburgh on 8th January 1948.