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Lady Jean Conan Doyle

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The couple in 1920

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 –1930) was a Scottish physician and writer, most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction, and for the adventures of Professor Challenger.

He was a prolific writer whose other works include fantasy and science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels.

In 1885 Conan Doyle married Louisa (or Louise) Hawkins, known as 'Touie', the sister of one of his patients. She suffered from tuberculosis and died on 4 July 1906.

The next year he married Jean Elizabeth Leckie, whom he had first met and fallen in love with in 1897.

He had maintained “a platonic relationship” with Jean whilst his first wife was still alive, “out of loyalty to her”.

Jean died in London on 27 June 1940.


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