46 Facts About Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle continued to actively participate in the Spiritualist movement from 1887 to 1916, during which time he wrote three books that experts consider largely autobiographical.

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2. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would go on to write 60 stories about Sherlock Holmes.

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3. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ended his response by saying that Holmes would have published facsimiles of this letter in the leading newspapers in both the UK and US, to see if anyone could come forward and identify the handwriting.

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4. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle replied that Holmes would have started by examining the letter the Ripper had supposedly sent to the police.

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5. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote in his autobiography that not a single patient ever crossed his door.

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6. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was friends with Bram Stoker, and Robert Louis Stevenson was a fellow classmate at the University of Edinburgh.

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7. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle paired up with his second wife, Jean, as one of the British driving teams.

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8. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was first buried on 11 July 1930 in Windlesham rose garden.

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9. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was found clutching his chest in the hall of Windlesham Manor, his house in Crowborough, East Sussex, on 7 July 1930.

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10. In 1926, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle laid the foundation stone for a Spiritualist temple in Camden, London.

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11. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was staying at the Lyndhurst Grand Hotel during March 1912 and made his most ambitious foray into architecture: sketching the original designs for a third storey extension and altering the front facade to the building.

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12. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle lived in Undershaw which is near Hindhead in Surrey from October 1897 to September 1907.

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13. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle commissioned a newly-built home from Joseph Henry Ball, an architect friend, in 1895, and played an active part of the design process.

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14. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle threatened to have Price evicted from the National Laboratory of Psychical Research and claimed if he persisted to write "sewage" about spiritualists, he would meet the same fate as Harry Houdini.

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15. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote many other non-fictional Spiritualist works; perhaps his most famous being The Coming of the Fairies which reveals Conan Doyle's conviction in the veracity of the five Cottingley Fairies photographs.

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16. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was inspired by his Spiritualist beliefs to write a novel on the subject, The Land of Mist, featuring the character Professor Challenger.

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17. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle debated the psychiatrist Harold Dearden, who was diametrically opposed to Doyle's views.

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18. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a member of the renowned supernatural organisation The Ghost Club.

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19. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle found solace supporting spiritualism and its attempts to find proof of existence beyond the grave.

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20. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle joined Sir Sidney Scott and Frank Podmore on a poltergeist investigation in Devon in 1894.

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21. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a founding member of the Hampshire Society for Psychical Research in 1889 and joined the London-based Society for Psychical Research in 1893.

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22. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was initiated as a Freemason at the Phoenix Lodge No 257 in Southsea.

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23. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle broke with Robinson when he became one of the leaders of the pacifist movement during the First World War.

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24. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle became acquainted with Morel and Casement, and it is possible that, together with Bertram Fletcher Robinson, they inspired several characters in the 1912 novel The Lost World.

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25. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was appointed a Knight of Grace of the Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem in 1903.

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26. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stood for Parliament twice as a Liberal Unionist—in 1900 in Edinburgh Central and in 1906 in the Hawick Burghs—but although he received a respectable vote, he was not elected.

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27. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle believed that this publication was responsible for his being knighted as a Knight Bachelor by King Edward VII in 1902 and for his appointment as a Deputy-Lieutenant of Surrey.

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28. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had served as a volunteer doctor in the Langman Field Hospital at Bloemfontein between March and June 1900.

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29. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had two with his first wife: Mary Louise and Arthur Alleyne Kingsley, known as Kingsley (15 November 1892—28 October 1918).

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30. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had maintained a platonic relationship with Jean while his first wife was still alive, out of loyalty to her.

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31. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's was the youngest daughter of J Hawkins, of Minsterworth, Gloucestershire, and the sister of one of Doyle's patients.

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32. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was an occasional bowler who took just one first-class wicket, although one of the highest pedigree as it was W G Grace.

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33. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a keen cricketer, and between 1899 and 1907 he played 10 first-class matches for the Marylebone Cricket Club.

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34. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a prolific author of short stories, including two collections set in Napoleonic times featuring the French character Brigadier Gerard.

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35. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's spelling of the ship's name as Marie Celeste has become more common in everyday use than the original form.

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36. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle takes my mind from better things.

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37. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the first five Holmes short stories from his office at 2 Upper Wimpole Street, which is marked by a memorial plaque.

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38. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle felt grievously exploited by Ward Lock as an author new to the publishing world and he left them.

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39. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had no patients according to his autobiography and his efforts as an ophthalmologist were a failure.

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40. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle opened a small office and consulting room at 2 Upper Wimpole Street, or 2 Devonshire Place as it was then.

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41. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle found it too difficult to understand the German medical terms at the classes in Vienna and quickly quit his studies there.

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42. In early 1891, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle attempted the study of ophthalmology in Vienna.

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43. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a staunch supporter of compulsory vaccination and wrote several articles advocating for the practice and denouncing the views of anti-vaccinators.

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44. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle completed his Doctor of Medicine degree on the subject of tabes dorsalis in 1885.

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45. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was the doctor on the Greenland whaler Hope of Peterhead in 1880.

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46. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a prolific writer; his non-Sherlockian works include fantasy and science fiction stories about Professor Challenger and humorous stories about the Napoleonic soldier Brigadier Gerard, as well as plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels.

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