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22 May 1859, Edinburgh M.D., Kt, KStJ, D.L., LL.D., Sportsman, Writer, Poet, Politician, Justicer, Spiritualist Crowborough, 7 July 1930

Letter about the origin of the Hound of the Baskervilles

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia


This letter was written by Arthur Conan Doyle on 2 february (>1907) from Windlesham, Crowborough. The recipient of this letter, Cecil P. Turner, had written to him describing the legend, current from about 1400, of the Black Dog of Hergest Court [1], Kington, Herefordshire, which haunted the Vaughan family (Turner's family having married into the Vaughans in the sixteenth century).


Feb 2

Dear Sir

My story was really based on nothing save a remark of my friend Fletcher Robinson's that there was a legend about a dog on the Moor connected with some old family. I had no place in my eye. What you say is interesting and extraordinary.

Yours sincerely

A Conan doyle

  1. Not Hergest Croft as stated in Bonham's auction catalogue.