Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The creator of Sherlock Holmes was born at no. 11 Picardy Place. He graduated as a doctor at Edinburgh University, where,
it is said, the remarkable ability of one of his teachers, Dr Joseph Bell, to make accurate deductions from his observations led Conan Doyle later to create the character of the great detective.
Sherlock Holmes first appeared in a series of short stories in the Strand Magazine in 1891. Conan Doyle's talents as a story-teller are also demonstrated in his novels Micah Clarke (1887), The White Company (1890) and The Sign of Four (1890). He served as a physician in the South African War, and in later life became a well-known member of the spiritualist movement.