Adrian Malcolm Conan Doyle
From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
Adrian Malcom Conan Doyle, F.Z.S.  (19 november 1910 - 3 june 1970) is the fourth child of Arthur Conan Doyle (second child of second marriage). He had a direct younger sister Lena Jean and older brother Denis, and two older half-siblings, sister Mary and brother Kingsley from the first marriage of his father.
On 19 november 1910, Adrian was born at Windlesham, Crowborough, Sussex. He was baptised on 2 january 1911.
On 3 march 1916, he nearly died of pneumonia (aged about 6).
He received primary and initial secondary education at the private school named Hookstead in Crowborough (at the crossroad of Goldsmith Avenue and Beacon Road).
He had the chance to travel around the world. Between 1920 and 1929, he spent 24 months abroad in Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada (2 times) and Africa. Each time to accompany his family during his father's lecture tours about spiritualism.
From 1929, Adrian and his bother Denis started to be interested in race cars. He drove an Anzani Frazer-Nash (The Slug) and received some trophies.
On 23 may 1938, he was married to Anna Charlotte Andersen by Rev. H. Horton at All Saints Church, Minstead, New Forest, Hampshire. At church were present Lady Conan Doyle, Lena Jean Conan Doyle, Mary Conan Doyle, Denis Conan Doyle as best man, Francis Doyle, Francis Doyle, Innes Foley, Marquis Julio de Amodio, Miss Angela Ashmead Bartlett, Miss and Mrs. Horton, Desmond Nicholas, Ambrose Sedgwick, Miss Cynthia Sedgwick, Robin Sanders-Clark, Miss Ruth Smith and Miss Babs Thorn. A reception was held at Cuffnels, Lyndhurst.
On 25 may 1938, the couple left for a honeymoon in Cameroon.
In november 1938, the press reported the disappearance of Adrian's Python, named Tiko. It was found in the chimney of the Chelsea flat a few days later.
In 1940, Lady Conan Doyle died and the estate was managed by Adrian.
In 1944, Adrian served with the Navy from 12 march to 25 april and was then discharged (as being unfit for naval service).
Around 1946, Adrian and Anna got bored with civilization so they lived for 6 months on a 30-foot schooner to study tropical marine life in Zanzibar. Adrian wrote a report of their expedition in Heaven Has Claws (John Murray, 1952).
Late december 1948 or early 1949, he took up residence in Tangier.
In 1952, Adrian supervised the Sherlock Holmes exhibition which toured 2 years in USA.
In 1954, he was the author with John Dickson Carr of the sherlockian pastiches collected in The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes. They wrote in collaboration the 4 or 5 first stories and the rest by Adrian alone (according to himself in an interview).
At the end of 1962, Adrian and Henry E. Lester started a film company named "Sir Nigel Films", in memory of his father's historical novel. The company produced 3 movies related to Sherlock Holmes and Brigadier Gerard : A Study in Terror (1965), The Adventures of Gerard (1970) and The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970).
In 1965, Adrian and Anna moved to Switzerland in the Lucens Castle.
In 1966, he founded the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Foundation in the Lucens Castle (Switzerland) in order to preserve the memory and reputation of his famous father.
Besides his collection related to his father, he had a big collection of armours and old keys.
Adrian died on 3 june 1970, aged 59 of an heart attack. His ashes were interred in the battlements of the Lucens Castle.
In his obituary, Adrian Conan Doyle is evoked as a big game hunter, fisherman, zoologist, explorer and author.
Visit of Lucens Castle with Adrian Conan Doyle (4 april 1966, ORTF)
Interview of Adrian Conan Doyle on CBC Show Telescope (22 feb. 1968, CBC)
Interview of Adrian Conan Doyle at Lucens Castle (8 april 1969, BBC)
Adrian in his first year. In pram hold by his father Arthur Conan Doyle (1910).
Adrian (left) at Frinton-on-Sea pulling his father with his brother Denis (1913)
Adrian (left) boxing his brother Denis (ca. 1922-1923).
Adrian aged 20 (left) with his father and Major Alfred H. Wood (1930).
Adrian and Denis at race car (november 1932).
Adrian and Anna Andersen at their wedding, at Minstead Parish Church (23 may 1938).
Adrian and Anna Andersen after their wedding at Minstead Parish Church (23 may 1938).
Adrian and his wife Anna the day after their marriage (24 may 1938).
Adrian and his wife Anna with their python "Tiko" (2 november 1938).
Adrian and his wife Anna (march 1948).
Adrian with Anna repairing Douglas Ash's armour (march 1948).
Adrian in armour with Douglas Ash served by Anna (march 1948).
Adrian in armour served by his wife Anna (march 1948).
Anna and Adrian at the Sherlock Holmes Exhibition (1951).
Adrian (top) with John Dickson Carr (1952).
Adrian (left) with John Dickson Carr (1952).
- 1937 : Lady's Moresby Secret (short story)
- 1943 : Conan Doyle Was Sherlock Holmes (article in John O'London's Weekly, 5 november 1943)
- 1943 : Sherlock Holmes's Identity (letter in The Times, 28 october 1943)
- 1945 : title to find (review in News Review, 8 november 1945)
- 1945 : The True Conan Doyle (biography)
- 1952 : Heaven Has Claws (travel story)
- 1954 : The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes (12 short stories)
- 1958 : The Pearl of Dying Boys' Reef
- 1959 : Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centenary 1859-1959 (book)
- 1960 : Secret Life of Master Detective: Doyle Himself Was Model for Super Sleuth Sherlock Holmes Says Son (article in The Detroit News, 12 may 1960)
- 1960 : Tales of Love and Hate (10 short stories)
- 1961 : Man Eater (short story)
- 1962 : Some Family Facts (article)
- 1962 : The Sharks of Bir Ali (short story)
- 1963 : Lone Dhow (travel story)
- 1963 : The Lover of the Coral Glades (short story)
The True Conan Doyle
(1945, John Murray [UK])
The True Conan Doyle
(1946, Coward-McCann [US])
Heaven has Claws
(1952, John Murray [UK])
Heaven has Claws
(1953, Random House [US])
Adrian Conan Doyle liked to paint. See some of his paintings below:
- Le fils Conan Doyle a épousé la nièce d'Andersen (24 may 1938, Paris-soir) Conan Doyle's son married Andersen's niece
- Photo of Adrian and Anna Conan Doyle after their wedding (24 may 1938, L'Humanité)
- Marriage of Mr. A. M. Conan Doyle (27 may 1938, Kent & Sussex Courier)
- Le python de M. Conan Doyle a été retrouvé (2 november 1938, Paris-soir) The Python of Mr. Conan Doyle has been found
- Mr. Adrian Conan Doyle (4 june 1970, The Times) obituary
- Adrian Doyle, Son of the Writer, Dies (4 june 1970, The New-York Times) obituary
- Mr. Adrian Conan Doyle, hommage by John Murray (20 june 1970, The Times) tribute
- Fellow of the Zoological Society
- * source doyle.com.au