Commentary and research by John Michael Gibson
In the Original Edition the Budd Family Tree was printed incorrectly. I can e-mail you the correct version as two jpeg files on request.
Brian W. Pugh who lives in Lewes, Sussex is an author with a particular interest in Arthur Conan Doyle, his life, family and his writings. His first interest was when, as a Christmas present from his mother in 1958, he received his first Holmes book, The Complete Sherlock Holmes Short Stories; this was followed by The Complete Sherlock Holmes Long Stories. In 1993 he joined The Franco-Midland Hardware Company (FMHC) and The Sherlock Holmes Society of London. In late 1994 he felt that he wanted to know more about Conan Doyle, the man himself. He found out that Conan Doyle lived in Crowborough, only 30 minutes by car from his home in Lewes. It was at this time that he joined The Conan Doyle (Crowborough) Establishment and The Arthur Conan Doyle Society, and so his interest was moving towards Conan Doyle and away from Holmes. He is a member of a number of Sherlock Holmes societies around the World. He was elected as the Curator of The Conan Doyle (Crowborough) Establishment in 1998 and this has given him a far greater insight and interest in Conan Doyle than ever expected. The Establishment were instrumental in having the ACD statue erected in the centre of Crowborough; at the unveiling he was invited to be the escort of the guest of honour, Mrs Georgina Doyle, and to give the opening speech.
He is the author of A Chronology of the Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [privately published, 2000], The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Statue At Crowborough [privately published, 2001], Buzzin In Sussex: An Investigation Into The Connections of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, His Family And Sherlock Holmes [privately published, 2005], A Chronology of the Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [London: MX Publishing Ltd., 2009], Bonfire Night In Lewes [London: MX Publishing Ltd., 2011], The Budds of the West Country [privately published, 2012] and as joint author with John Hackworth, The Conan Doyle Crowborough Walk [privately published, 2005]. He is also joint author with Paul R. Spiring of On The Trail of Arthur Conan Doyle: An Illustrated Devon Tour [Brighton: Book Guild Publishing Ltd, 2008], Aufder Spur von Arthur Conan Doyle [Mannheim: Dryas Verlag, 2008], Bertram Fletcher Robinson: A Footnote to The Hound of the Baskervilles [London: MX Publishing Ltd., 2008], Tras las huellas de Arthur Conan Doyle [London: MX Publishing, 2008] and as joint author with Paul R Spiring and Sadru Bhanji of Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes and Devon: A Complete Tour Guide & Companion [London: MX Publishing Ltd., 2010]. He has had a number of articles printed in various Sherlock Holmes societies’ journals and edits The Conan Doyle (Crowborough) Establishment Newsletter and The Annual Birthday File, he has been frequently interviewed on live radio programmes and has featured on various television programmes connected with ACD.