“Holmes called himself ‘middle-aged’ about 1899 and was described as being 60 years of age in 1914, thus suggesting a birth date c. 1854.” (from the Encyclopedia Sherlockiana – Jack Tracy 1977)
It was Christopher Morley, in an article he wrote for The Saturday Review of Literature in 1933, who suggested a date of January 6th (from Sherlock Holmes for Dummies – Steven Doyle and David A. Crowder)
The next gathering of Stormy Petrels will take place on Saturday, January 9, 2016. We will meet for the birthday celebration brunch in honour of the world’s first consulting detective.
When: Saturday, Jan 9th at 11:15 am
Where: The White Spot Restaurant (fireplace room) at 1616 West Georgia St/Cardero
Please let Fran know asap if you are planning on attending.
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Fran Martin became a member of The Bootmakers of Toronto in 1987 and The Stormy Petrels of B.C. in 1988.
She has attended several Sherlockian conferences including: In 1992 "Aspects of Holmes" in Bradford, England (hosted by The Northern Musgraves); In 2006 "ACD at 35" in Toronto (hosted by The Bootmakers of Toronto); 2013 "Sherlock Holmes Through Time & and Place" in Minneapolis (hosted by The Norwegian Explorers); 2014 "Gillette to Brett IV" in Bloomington (hosted by Wessex Press); 2015 SherlockCon in Seattle; 2015 "A Scintillation of Scions VIII" in Baltimore (hosted by Watson's Tin Box); 2016 "The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes" (hosted by The Norwegian Explorers); in 2018 in Dayton, Ohio for the "Holmes, Doyle & Friends" conference (hosted by the Agra Treasurers).
Fran has held several positions with The Stormy Petrels of B.C. including secretary, vice-president, special events coordinator and is currently president and editor of the "Petrel Flyer".
She was honoured with being awarded the title of "Master Bootmaker" in 2014. She was very pleased to present a paper to a meeting of Sir Hugo's Companions in Chicago in 2017.
Fran has contributed articles to Canadian Holmes magazine, the Watsonian and Chris Redmond's "About Sixty" and "Sherlock Holmes is Like...". In May, 2018 she attended the 78th annual Speckled Band of Boston dinner. She was very honoured to have been one of the first women invited.
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