|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
|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-
nal ( 20 Sept. 1879). Some time previously A CD sends "'The
Haunted Grange of Goresthorpe'" to Blackwood's Edinburgh
Magazine, but it is filed and forgotten.
(Feb.-Sept.) ACD serves as surgeon on the Greenland|
whaler Hope of Peterhead.