Friends and Family
Learn more about the friends and family of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Early in his writing career Conan Doyle became involved with a new magazine, "The Idler.” Through this connection he was able to meet other writers. That’s where Conan Doyle first came to know the man who would write Peter Pan, James Barrie.
Conan Doyle wrote, "My father's life was full of the tragedy of unfulfilled powers and of underdeveloped gifts. He had his weaknesses, as all of us have ours, but he also had some very remarkable and outstanding virtues."
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.