Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:33PM
File photo shows Walter Elliot, 80, from Selkirk, with the book containing a short Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
File photo shows Walter Elliot, 80, from Selkirk, with the book containing a short Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

A long-lost unseen Sherlock Holmes story written by Arthur Conan Doyle has been found in an attic in Scotland.

The story titled “Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, By Deduction, the Brig Bazaar” was discovered by 80-year-old historian Walter Elliot in his attic in the Scottish town of Selkirk.

According to Elliot he found the 1,300-word story amongst a collection put together to raise funds for the town when it was hit by floods at the beginning of the 20th century.

Doyle, who was visiting the town after the floods, agreed to contribute to the collection to raise funds for building a new bridge whose predecessor was demolished by the floods.

The collection is currently on display at the Selkirk Pop Up Community Museum.

"The town didn't have the money to replace it so they decided to have a bazaar to replace the bridge in 1904. They had various people to come and do things and just about everyone in the town did something,” Elliot said.

“I have no idea how many they made and sold,” Elliot added referring to the collection. “I’ve had this book for about 40 or 50 years. I must have got it from a friend because I can’t remember buying it from anyone.”

The story revolves around Holmes deducing the whereabouts of his colleague Dr Watson.

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