Born in Edinburgh where he trained as a doctor. Extremely successful writer of the Sherlock Holmes stories. A sportsman: a boxer, a cricketer who once dismissed W. G. Grace. The first Englishman to cross an Alpine pass on skis.
Later an apostle of the paranormal and spiritualism (on our Kingston Spiritualist Church page we have a photo of him officiating at the opening). His belief in spiritualism predates the death of his son from influenza while convalescing from Somme war wounds. See Harry Houdini for the story of a séance they jointly attended.
Died England of a heart attack. We understand his surname was Doyle, not Conan Doyle, though that is often used to refer to him.