|Activity||Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), author, was the son of Charles Altamont Doyle, a clerk in the Board of Works and an artist, and Mary Foley. He was educated at Stonyhurst and Edinburgh University, graduating MB, 1881 and MD, 1885. Doyle practised in Southsea, 1882-1890. He published his first novel, which introduced his famous character, Sherlock Holmes, in 1887. This character, which was based on the Edinburgh surgeon Dr Joseph Bell, also appeared in a series of short stories 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes', which were published from 1891. Doyle married Louise Hawkins (d 1906) in 1885, and they had a son and a daughter. |
During the South African War, 1899-1902, Doyle served as the senior physician in a field hospital, and wrote discussing his experiences. In 1900 and 1906 he stood unsuccessfully for parliament, as a Liberal Unionist candidate. He was knighted in 1902, and was awarded an honorary LL D from Edinburgh University, 1905. He was a Knight of Grace of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. In 1907, Doyle married his second wife, Jean Leckie,and they had two sons and a daughter. He was keen on sports, including cricket and boxing. Doyle's publications include: 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' (1902); 'The Great Boer War' (1900); 'A Visit to Three Fronts' (1916); 'History of Spiritualism' (2 vols., 1926).