Fu Manchu In Edinburgh

An investigation into the hidden Scottish connections of one of literature's most perennial menaces: Fu Manchu.

Yellow Peril," "Celestial One" and "Devil Doctor" - the fictional character Dr Fu Manchu traded under many aliases, but where was his doctorate from?

According to his creator, novelist Sax Rohmer, the evil genius was an alumnus of three world-famous universities.

From the novels we can work out that Fu Manchu must have studied in Edinburgh in the early 1870s.

So what can the historical records teach us about the fictional criminal genius' time in the city?

Miles Jupp discovers an era to rub shoulders with Conan Doyle, develop his expertise of poisonous plants and tries to see if he can find any evidence of a matriculated Fu Manchu.

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An investigation into the hidden Scottish connections of one of literature's most perennial menaces: Fu Manchu.

Yellow Peril," "Celestial One" and "Devil Doctor" - the fictional character Dr Fu Manchu traded under many aliases, but where was his doctorate from?

According to his creator, novelist Sax Rohmer, the evil genius was an alumnus of three world-famous universities.

From the novels we can work out that Fu Manchu must have studied in Edinburgh in the early 1870s.

So what can the historical records teach us about the fictional criminal genius' time in the city?

Miles Jupp discovers an era to rub shoulders with Conan Doyle, develop his expertise of poisonous plants and tries to see if he can find any evidence of a matriculated Fu Manchu.