Author Information At the Circulating Library
Author: Douglas Morey Ford (1851–1916)
Biography: Douglas Morey Ford was born in 1851 in Portsmouth, the son of solicitor Richard William Ford (1822–1900) and his wife Emma. He followed his father in his profession and wrote novels in his spare time. In the 1870s, Ford published three undistinguished novels: Old as the Hills (1871), Kate Savage (1873), and Martindale's Money (serialized in St. James's Magazine in 1878). He had more success as a legal writer. In 1876, Ford married Honor Blanche Barnard. She was well known for her interest in spiritualism—in fact, Arthur Conan Doyle attended a séance at their house in 1885. Later in life, Ford wrote two novels of the future, A Time of Terror: The Story of a Great Revenge. A.D. 1912 (1908) and The Raid of Dover: A Romance of the Reign of Woman, AD 1940 (1910). He died in 1916.
References: British Census (1881); Andrew Lycett, The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes: The Life and Times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (2007); NCBEL; Wellesley