The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

By Arthur Conan Doyle; Christopher Roden | Go to book overview
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1855 Charles Altamont Doyle, youngest son of the political
cartoonist John Doyle ('HB'), and Mary Foley, his Irish
landlady's daughter, marry in Edinburgh on 31 July.
1859 Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, third child and elder son
of ten siblings, born at 11 Picardy Place, Edinburgh, on
22 May and baptized into the Roman Catholic religion
of his parents.
1868-75 ACD commences two years' education under the Jesuits
at Hodder, followed by five years at its senior sister
college, Stonyhurst, both in the Ribble Valley, Lanca-
shire; becomes a popular storyteller amongst his fellow
pupils, writes verses, edits a school paper, and makes one
close friend, James Ryan of Glasgow and Ceylon. Doyle
family resides at 3 Sciennes Hill Place, Edinburgh.
1875-6 ACD passes London Matriculation Examination at Stony-
hurst and studies for a year in the Jesuit college at
Feldkirch, Austria.
1876-7 ACD becomes a student of medicine at Edinburgh
University on the advice of Bryan Charles Waller, now
lodging with the Doyle family at 2 Argyle Park Terrace.
1877-80 Waller leases 23 George Square, Edinburgh as a 'consulting
pathologist', with all the Doyles as residents. ACD con-
tinues medical studies, becoming surgeon's clerk to Joseph
Bell at Edinburgh; also takes temporary medical assistant-
ships at Sheffield, Ruyton (Salop), and Birmingham, the
last leading to a close friendship with his employer's family,
the Hoares. First story published, "'The Mystery of Sasassa
Valley'", in Chambers's Journal ( 6 Sept. 1879); first non-fiction
published-- "'Gelseminum as a Poison'", British Medical Jour-
( 20 Sept. 1879). Some time previously A CD sends "'The
Haunted Grange of Goresthorpe'" to Blackwood's Edinburgh
, but it is filed and forgotten.
188o (Feb.-Sept.) ACD serves as surgeon on the Greenland
whaler Hope of Peterhead.


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