The Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Conan Doyle was born in 1859 and died in 1930.  What he did with those years was truly amazing!  Here you can find links to articles about his belief in spiritualism,  real-life mystery cases solved by Conan Doyle, his medical career and so much more.


Timeline of Life of Conan Doyle

May 22nd marks the anniversary of the birth of Conan Doyle. View a timeline of other noteworthy events in his life.
Arthur Conan Doyle and family in New York City (1922)

Friends and Family

Learn more about the friends and family of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The east facade of the University of Edinburgh as built in 1827

Doctor Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is best known as a writer. However before he was an author he had another profession—he was a doctor. While some people go into medicine because they feel a "calling" this was not the case with Conan Doyle. The decision was a practical one.
Conan Doyle

Conan Doyle's Mystery Cases

Conan Doyle didn't just write about mysteries. In two, real-life instances he served as the detective.
Mafeking, 1899

The Knighting of Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hound of the Baskervilles and The War in South Africa: Its Causes and Conduct were both written in the early 1900’s. The first is one of the most well known Sherlock Holmes stories. The second, while virtually unknown today, is the reason that Arthur Conan Doyle was knighted.
RMS Titanic

Conan Doyle, George Bernard Shaw and the Titanic

After the Titanic sank in 1912 Conan Doyle and George Bernard Shaw had a very public disagreement about the disaster.
submarines around the time of World War One

Conan Doyle and World War One

When World War One broke out in 1914 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tried to enlist in the military. His offer was refused but that didn't stop Sir Arthur from contributing to the war effort.
Rodney Stone

Conan Doyle the Sportsman

Learn about Conan Doyle's lifelong passion for sports including golf, cricket and even boxing!
Cottingley Fairies

Conan Doyle and Spiritualism

In 1916 Arthur Conan Doyle made a declaration that would impact the rest of his life. He stated his belief in Spiritualism. Could it be? The man who created the ever-logical Sherlock Holmes believed in ghosts?