Leckie, Jean

BORN 14 Mar 1874, London: 3, Kidbrook Terrace, Kidbrook, Charlton - DIED 27 Jun 1940, London: 20, Devonshire Place, Marylebone
BIRTH NAME Leckie, Jean Elizabeth
CAUSE OF DEATH intestinal obstruction
GRAVE LOCATION Minstead, Hampshire: All Saints' Churchyard

Jean Leckie was the daughter of the silk merchant James Blythe Leckie. She was an intellectual, a very fine horsewoman and a trained singer. On 15 March 1897 she met Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and it was love on first sight for both. But Doyle was married and they decided that their love had to remain platonic. His wife Louise had been ailing for years but his objective was that she should never be hurt by his love for Jean. Doyle's mother was fully into his secret and she even supported Jean, who struggled with the situation as well as Conan Doyle.

The situation lasted for almost ten years until Louise died in 1906. He married Jean in 1907 at Saint Margaret's Church in Westminster, London. They had three children together and their marriage was an extremely happy one. Like many people that lost beloved ones during the First World War Doyle was deep into spiritualism and although Jean didn't believe in it at first, he was convinced that she was a medium and she agreed to her part. The marriage lasted until Doyle's death in 1930.

After Doyle's death she claimed to receive messages from him. In 1936 she suffered from cancer and she died in 1940. After her death family members claimed to have been in contact with her soul.

• Husband: Doyle, Arthur Conan (1907-1930, London: St.Margaret's Church, Westminster)

25/5/1923Arthur Conan Doyle visits the shooting of "Rosita" with Mary Pickford. Doyle and his wife Jean posed with Pickford for photographs. Douglas Fiarbanks joined the scene as well. [Doyle, Arthur Conan ]
7/7/1955Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is reburied at Minstead. Doyle and his wife Jean Leckie were buried in the garden of their house Windlesam in Crwborough, Sussex. When the house was sold the family transported the coffins to Minstead, Hampshire. An open air service was held in the presence of family an friends. [Doyle, Arthur Conan ]


The grave of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at All Saints' Churchyard, Minstead.
Picture by Androom (19 Jun 2010)


The grave of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at All Saints' Churchyard, Minstead.
Picture by Androom (19 Jun 2010)


• Higham, Charles, The Adventures of Conan Doyle, Pocket Books, New York, 1978

Leclerc des Essarts, Louis Nicolas Marin

Published: 21 Aug 2014
Last update: 02 Mar 2022