Places and People

  • On 22 May 1859, Arthur Conan Doyle was born at 11 Picardy Place, Edinburgh.

  • Between 1868 and 1876 Doyle was educated in England and Austria.

  • From 1876 to 1881 Doyle studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh Medical School.

  • In 1885 Doyle received his M.D degree.

  • Dr. Doyle

    Doyle’s MD thesis, 1885. Held at the University of Edinburgh, Ms 2600.
  • In 1885 Doyle married Louisa Hawkins. Together they had 2 children: Arthur Alleyne Kingsley Doyle and Mary Louise Doyle.

  • In 1887 Doyle was initiated as a Freemason in Southsea. There he attended seances and sittings with mediums.

  • In 1887 A Study in Scarlet was published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual; the first story featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

  • In 1890 The Sign of Four was published, the second Holmes novel.

  • In 1900 Doyle served as a medic for several months during the Boer War.

  • Doyle in South Africa

    Dr. A. Conan Doyle in his tent at Bloemfontein, South Africa. [Meadville, Pa. ; St. Louis, Mo.: Keystone View Company] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.
  • In 1901 The Hound of the Baskervilles was published.

  • In 1906 Doyle’s wife Louisa died after suffering from Tuberculosis for some years.

  • Married Jean Leckie (m. 1907-1930). Doyle and Jean had 3 children: Jean Conan Doyle, Adrian Conan Doyle, Denis Percy Stewart Doyle.

  • In 1912 Doyle’s novel The Lost World was published in parts between April and November in the Strand Magazine.

  • In 1920 Doyle travelled to Australia and America on spiritualist missionary work.

  • Doyle in New York

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and family looking over wall and pointing, New York City. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>
  • In 1922 Doyle’s spiritualist work The Coming of the Fairies was published, which supported the veracity of the Cottingley fairy photographs.

  • In 1924 Doyle published his autobiography Memories and Adventures. In the preface he writes that he has ‘sampled every kind of human experience.’

  • On July 7 1930, Arthur Conan Doyle died in Crowborough, East Sussex. He was age 71.