Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born into an Irish Catholic family in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1859, Arthur had no intention of becoming a professional writer in the first place. As proof, he studied medicine at Edinburgh University (1876-1881). However, among the studies and the work he was doing for pay, young Arthur began writing short stories as a hobbie. Then he had to realize his potential as a writer, since before the age of 20 years a magazine called “Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal” was published from one of his stories. In June 1882 he moved to Portsmouth, where he set up a clinic. He had success in his foray as a physician and continued to write more stories.
Thus was born the character Sherlock Holmes.
In March 1886, Conan Doyle started writing the novel Which catapulted him to fame. At first It was named A Tangled Skein and the two main characters Were called Sheridan Hope and Ormond Sacker. Two years later this novel was published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual, under the title A Study in Scarlet Which Introduced us to the immortal Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Conan Doyle His next novel much preferred Micah Clark, Which though well received, is Almost forgotten by now. This marked the start of a serious dichotomy in the author’s life. There Was Sherlock Holmes, lowest very Quickly Became world famous, in stories ITS author Considered at best “commercial” and There Were a number of serious historical novels, poems and plays, based upon Which Conan Doyle expected to be Recognized as a serious author.
January 26, 1887 Arthur Conan Doyle was initiated into Freemasonry in Phoenix Lodge No 257 in Southsea, Hampshire. He was 27, less than a month later, on February 23, was promoted to Fellow Craft, and a month later, is exalted to Master Mason. Twice it deviates from his regular Masonic work, however he continues to participate as a visitor until 1911. His lodge honored him with numerous awards and accolades, including a memorial plaque dedicated to the most famous brother of Phoenix Lodge 257.
The famous detective Sherlock Holmes, demonstrated in several of his adventures to his knowledge of Freemasonry were exhaustive, obviously that knowledge came from his creator Arthur Conan Doyle. The uses and customs or some Freemason Masonic character are mentioned in the works of Doyle, identifying them with rings, medals, emblems or other known popularly that always visible to the discerning Sherlock facilitate immediate recognition. Specialists have mentioned some canonical adventures as more influenced by Masonic thought, namely, A Study in Scarlet, The Adventure of the Red-Headed League, The Adventure of the Norwood Builder, and The Adventure of the Retired Colourman, mainly by the appearance of Masonic characters. But it is in The Valley of Fear where the reference to the Masonic becomes more evident, where in the third chapter of the second part of this piece is titled Lodge 341, Vermissa and it inside of a room very similar to a lodge where describes that if while not strictly Masonic demonstrates that Doyle had knowledge of ritualistic and organizational aspects of a lodge, details of the degrees are observed, and a language that can only be a reference to Freemasonry. Along with this, you can find in this text a number of phrases and expressions which principles and Masonic values are expressed, such as “Where there is a lodge I’ll find friends”, “must decide the lodge”, “discipline in the lodge “,” let’s make a toast to peace in the lodge “,” teaching marks of the lodge “,” this lodge, whose address does not know “,” we shall be a united lodge in word and deed “,” passwords of the lodge “, etc.
Also in this book the Valley of Fear is where Sherlock’s archenemy, Professor James Moriarty first appeared. This character, who haunt the detective over many years, is the flip side of the same coin of intelligence in the service of Sherlock and Moriarty justice against her. It is important to note that these characters respect and admire each other, recognizing the other half to the full. The duality that keeps the balance in the world created by Doyle is just the same as, symbolically, is in each of us.
He died on July 7, 1930, at 71, of a heart attack in Crowborough (England). His statue is in the town where he lived for 23 years. He was buried in the churchyard at Minstead in the New Forest, Hampshire. A statue was erected Sherlock Holmes in Picardy Place, Edinburgh, close to where he was born Arthur Conan Doyle, as he was one of the best writers of detective story.
However, he did not receive any awards throughout his writing career.
“Any truth is better than indefinite doubt.” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
This article was written by Psalm Triginta