Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
1859 – 1930
Could the creator of Sherlock Holmes have spent a fortune on psychic research?
The Scottish creator of the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Homes, unveiled the notion of the scientific detective to the world.
Through mastery of observation, logic, deduction, and diagnosis, no crime would escape his rational mind.
But was Sir Arthur’s life only about logic?
At the height of the Great War, in 1916, a change came over his beliefs, prompted by the apparent psychic abilities of his children's nanny. This, combined with the deaths he saw around him, made him rationalise that Spiritualism was a "New Revelation" sent by God to bring solace to the bereaved.
At one point, he began a series of psychic investigations. These included attending around 20 seances, experiments in telepathy and sittings with mediums. He was a founding member of the Hampshire Society for Psychical Research He also joined the London Ghost Club along with Charles Dickens and the London-based Society for Psychical Research.
He spent the end of his life writing arduously about Spiritualism and final trips to America, Australia and to Africa, accompanied by their three children, who were also on psychic crusades.
By the time he died, the man who brought Sherlock Homes to the world had spent over a quarter of a million pounds, (in the 1920’s), in the pursuit of his psychic adventures.