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A Beveridge
Journal Issue: 
Volume 36: Issue 3: 2006




This paper examines the fate of Arthur Conan Doyle’s father, Charles Altamont  Doyle, a  Victorian illustrator, who  spent  his  last  years  as  an  asylum inmate. Based  on  new  archival  research,  it  looks  at  the  reasons  for  his institutionalisation  and  what  befell  him  during  his  stay.   It  will  consider  Doyle’s claim that he was wrongfully confined and also the suggestion that his family were responsible for having him committed.  Finally, the paper will examine the nature of Doyle’s condition and the creative work he produced whilst an asylum inmate.