William S. Baring-Gould

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William Stuart Baring-Gould (1913–10 Aug 1967) was a noted Sherlock Holmes scholar, best known as the author of the influential 1962 fictional biography, Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street: A Life of the World's First Consulting Detective.


He was the son of William Drake Baring-Gould (1878–1921), a grandson of Sabine Baring-Gould and a descendant of John Baring.

He married Lucile "Ceil" Marguerite Moody (1914–2010) in 1936.[1]

He was creative director of Time magazine's circulation and corporate education departments from 1937 until his death.


In 1955, Baring-Gould privately published The Chronological Holmes,[2] an attempt to lay out, in chronological order, all the events alluded to in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Three years later, Baring-Gould wrote The Annotated Mother Goose: Nursery Rhymes Old and New, Arranged and Explained with his wife, Lucile "Ceil" Baring-Gould.[3] The book provides a wealth of information about nursery rhymes, and includes often-banned bawdy rhymes. In 1967, Baring-Gould published The Annotated Sherlock Holmes, an annotated edition of the Sherlock Holmes canon. Baring-Gould also wrote The Lure of the Limerick, a study of the history and allure of limericks, published in 1967; it included a collection of limericks, arranged alphabetically, and a bibliography. In 1969 was published posthumously Nero Wolfe of West Thirty-fifth Street: The Life and Times of America's Largest Private Detective, a fictional biography of Rex Stout's detective character Nero Wolfe; in this book, Baring-Gould popularised the theory that Wolfe was the son of Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler.

Major works[edit]

  • New Chronology of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson (The Baker Street Journal 1948, Vol. III, No. 1, pp. 107–125 and Vol. III, No. 2, pp. 238–251)
  • The Chronological Holmes (self-published in 300 copies, 1955)
  • Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street (Bramhall House, New York, 1962)
  • The Annotated Mother Goose (Bramhall House, New York, 1962)
  • The Annotated Sherlock Holmes (Clarkson N. Potter, New York, 1967)
  • The Lure of the Limerick (Clarkson N. Potter, New York, 1967)
  • Nero Wolfe of West Thirty-Fifth Street (Viking Press, New York, 1969)


  1. ^ "Lucile Moody Baring-Gould". csog.com.
  2. ^ "Baring-Gould". sherlockian.net.
  3. ^ "Lucile Baring-Gould Obituary (2010) Atlanta Journal-Constitution". Legacy.com.