Conan Doyle was born in Scotland on May 22, 1859. He passed away on July 7, 1930. Between those two days, he led quite a life! See a timeline for the professional and private life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
By anyone's definition Mary Foley Doyle, the mother of Arthur Conan Doyle, was an interesting woman. She saved the Doyle family from ruin when her husband was institutionalized. She gave her children hope for tomorrow with tales of past glories and victories. She also had a mysterious relationship with a man fifteen years her junior.
In 1882 Conan Doyle was asked to join the medical practice of George Budd. Conan Doyle asked three people for advice in the matter. The vote was unanimous. Everyone he consulted advised Conan Doyle against the move. Conan Doyle did it anyway.