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    22 May 1859 : Birth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in Edinburgh

    22 May 2019

    Today is the 160th birth anniversary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle but not everybody knows that the father of Sherlock Holmes was born in Edinburgh. A beautiful bronze statue of the detective stands in Picardy Place at the top of Edinburgh’s Leith Walk just opposite the birthplace (demolished c. 1970) of Sir […]

    Rebus: Consultant Detective in ‘Even Dogs In The Wild’ by Ian Rankin

    Its no secret about how we all, here at, feel about Ian Rankin’s books featuring John Rebus adventures on the crime scenes of Edinburgh, but for those who may not know it…we LOVE Rebus!

    To discover his complex character is simply fascinating and now, with his announced retirement and transitionning into a consultant […]

    Inspector Rebus flat’s address on Arden Street finally revealed!

    Remember reading in Rankin’s Inspector Rebus series that his famous detective, John Rebus, lived on Arden Street in the residental affluent area of Marchmont in Edinburgh?

    Since that moment, all fans of Rebus were on a quest to discover the exact Arden Street’s flat number that was home to the much revered Scottish detective of […]

    Inspector Sweeney, a new Scottish detective in Edinburgh…


    (Keltia n° 23 – juin/août 2012 – Editions du Nemeton)

    Open on my desk, at the very page of the article I’m going to write about today, lies the new issue of Keltia, one of my favourite French magazines which I’ve already mentioned in Scotiana. Indeed, I wrote an […]

    From Conan Doyle’s Sycamore to Sherlock Holmes’s Violin

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930)

    Conan Doyle died of a heart attack on 7 July 1930. He was aged 71 and lived then at “Windlesham”, his house situated in East Sussex, England. He was buried in the churchyard at Minstead in the New Forest, Hampshire. The epitaph […]