No 28 (in a series of several): Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (1859-1930)
A physician, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is best known as the creator of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes who appeared in four novels and 56 short stories penned by the Edinburghian. The character of Holmes first appeared in “A Study in Scarlet”, published in 1887, but it is probably Conan-Doyle’s 1902 novel “The Hound of the Baskervilles” that is the most well known.
There is a statue of Conan Doyle in Crowborough, East Sussex, where the author lived for 23 years, whilst the statue pictured here (of Holmes) is in Picardy Place, Edinburgh, close to the house in which he was born.
Conan Doyle moved to the south coast in 1882, where he set-up a medical practice in Southsea, Portsmouth, and while living there he tended goal for amateur side Portsmouth Association Football Club, under the pseudonym A. C. Smith. Although the club had no direct connection with the current day Portsmouth FC Conan Doyle may have been partially instrumental in its founding.
Also a keen golfer and cricketer he played 10 first-class matches for the MCC between 1899 and 1907. An occasional bowler he took just the one wicket in those ten games but a notable one though in the shape of none other than W. G. Grace the most famous cricketer of all time!