Arthur Doyle KGStJ

Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KGStJ (1859 - 1930)

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Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KGStJ
Born in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotlandmap
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Husband of — married in St Oswald's Church, Thornton-in-Lonsdale, North Yorkshire, Englandmap
Husband of — married in St. George Hanover Square, London, Englandmap
Died in Crowborough, Sussex, Englandmap
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Born 22 May 1859, Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was a Scottish physician and author, best known for his writings about fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. His other works include science fiction, fantasy, plays, non-fiction and historical novels.

Sir Arthur was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, to Charles Altamont Doyle and Mary Foley, both Irish Catholics. Though his father was an alcoholic and his immediate family poor, Doyle was supported by two wealthy uncles who put him through a Jesuit Preparatory School and Stonyhurst College.

After that, from 1876 to 1881, Sir Arthur studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh Medical School. It was during this time that he started writing stories.

Doyle was also interested in sports and played football as well as being a cricketer and a golfer.

For a short time, Sir Arthur was friends with magician Harry Houdini. However, even though Doyle was convinced that that Spiritualist mediums used trickery, he insisted that Houdini possessed supernatural powers. Though Houdini tried to convince Doyle his act was simply illusions, Doyle remained unconvinced, leading to a bitter falling out between the two.

In 1914, the Canadian government invited Doyle and his wife to travel by train from Montreal to Jasper National Park. He wrote about their cross-country tour in his 1923 autobiography Memories and Adventures.[1]

Sir A. Conan Doyle, cooking lunch over campfire, Maligne Canyon

On July 7, 1930, Doyle was found in the hall of his house, Windlesham Manor, clutching his chest. He died that day of a heart attack at the age of 71. His last words "You are wonderful" were directed to his wife. The epitaph on his tombstone reads "Steel true/Blade straight/Arthur Conan Doyle/Knight/Patriot, Physician, and man of letters."


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