The Conan Doyle Estate Ltd consists of eight people, all but one of whom are the beneficiaries of the will of Dame Jean Conan Doyle, the youngest child of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Most of us are relations of Sir Arthur, by marriage or blood.
We originally set up the company to manage the literary, merchandising, and advertising rights in Conan Doyle’s works and characters, including Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and Professor Challenger. We own United States copyrights in the works still under copyright protection in the U.S.A. and also own U.S. trademark and common law rights in the name and image of Sherlock Holmes and several other Conan Doyle characters.
However, our mission now is much broader. Everyone has heard of Sherlock Holmes but few know much about his creator. Indeed we have met people in many different countries who are convinced Holmes was a real person - and don’t wish to hear he was not! Like everyone else, we loved reading the Sherlock Holmes books and stories when we were children. We have actively supported the recent re-imaginings of the detective on screen and in print. We are particularly delighted that this has caused many to read Conan Doyle’s original stories. But he created many other fascinating characters. We can attest that Dame Jean preferred her father’s witty stories about Brigadier Gerard, a dumb but endearing Napoleonic officer, which are themselves drawn from the memoirs of one of Napoleon’s generals. And then there is the irascible Professor Challenger, hero of Conan Doyle’s Lost World, the story of an expedition to a plateau in South America where dinosaurs have survived into modern times. Michael Crichton’s sequel to Jurassic Park bears the same title, in homage to Conan Doyle, and has some similar story lines. Conan Doyle himself thought his best literary works were two historical novels – The White Company and Sir Nigel.
Conan Doyle was a man of many talents who led an extraordinary life. As well as being a prolific and highly successful author, he was a physician, an adventurer, a sportsman and a campaigner on a wide range of issues. For most of his life and for many years after his death in 1930, his name and his exploits were known not only in the UK but also around the world. We, as his family, are determined to make him famous once more.
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle
22nd May 1859 – 7th July 1930
The Conan Doyle Estate
Director & Step Great Grandson
A short film shot on location in The Leadenhall Building one of the City of London's iconic skyscrapers with incredible views over some of London's major landmarks, including the river Thames, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Palace of Westminster. A fine setting for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Great-Nephew, Richard Doyle to reveal a fascinating personal insight into his family, The Man, the brand and direction for The Conan Doyle Estate.
With thanks to Landing 42 at The Leadenhall Building.
The Conan Doyle Estate’s genealogy reveals a direct link to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself. Explore below the direct link to the man himself.
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, Born Edinburgh, Scotland 22nd May 1859.
John Francis Innes Hay Doyle (Pictured right) Born Edinburgh, Scotland 31st March 1873.
John Francis Innes Hay Doyle married Clara Claudia Schwensen on 2nd August 1911.
John Reinhold Innes Doyle, son of John and Clara. Born 24th June 1913.
Catherine Ruml Doyle, born 1st January 1955. Daughter of John Reinhold Innes Doyle and his first wife Ann Ruml who died in 1963.
Richard John Francis Doyle, born 3rd August 1965. Son of John Reinhold Innes Doyle and his second wife Angela Firmston-Williams who died in 1975.
Daughter of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Dame Lena Jean Conan Doyle
died 18th November 1997, aged 84.
Her Will passed the responsibility for her father's rights to 8 family members.
THE CONAN DOYLE ESTATE LIMITED
A new company is established by 8 members of the family all of whom are relations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by blood or marriage. The company is lead by a board of three family directors whose work continues to this day in promoting, protecting and developing the legacy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Board of The Conan Doyle Estate Limited.
Pictured above, left to right.
Richard Pooley (Step Great Grandson), Richard Doyle (Great-Nephew) and Catherine Beggs (Great-Niece). Photography by India Hobson. Location is Landing 42, The Leadenhall Building, London.
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