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Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (1859 – 1930), known as Artie in his younger years, was a Scottish writer and physician, famous for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes.


Aiding Jacob and Evie Frye

Born on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland, Arthur was sent to study at Hodder Place, a preparatory school in England.[1] There, he developed an interest and love for detective stories which led him to team up with the penny dreadful writer Henry Raymond and the Assassins Jacob and Evie Frye to solve murders.[2]

Eventually, Arthur began to consider that every crime that Raymond and the Fryes had investigated were related. He used invisible ink in his notes that could only be revealed by smoke. Later on, he was abducted by Raymond, who was really a master criminal plotting to steal the Scepter of the Dove from Buckingham Palace. Raymond used Arthur as a human shield on the palace roof as his plot was discovered. While one Frye sibling had Raymond's attention, the other snuck up and killed him, saving Artie.[2]

Later, Arthur lamented that despite Raymond's insanity, he and his friends would miss his penny dreadfuls. Jacob suggested that he start writing crime novels himself and Evie added that he should use his full name, Arthur Conan Doyle.[2]

Later years

After the incident, Arthur resumed his studies at Hodder Place and became increasingly interested in spiritualism after the murder of the psychic Thaddeus Smith. In 1876, Arthur returned to Scotland and studied at the University of Edinburgh, earning a medical degree. He served as then ship's doctor on expeditions to both the Arctic Circle and Africa before settling in Plymouth and then Portsmouth in England. Around this time, he gave up his medical career to struggle as a writer. While in Portsmouth, he briefly took up the role as a goalkeeper for an amateur football club.[1]

Arthur eventually moved to Upper Wimpole Street in London where he began to compose a series of mystery novels featuring a tweedy detective and joined the Ghost Club after the death of his first wife.[1]