William S. Baring-Gould

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 married Lucile "Ceil" Marguerite Moody in 1937.[1]

He was creative director of Time magazine's circulation and corporate education departments from 1937 until his death. His paternal grandfather was the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould.


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. The following year, Baring-Gould published The Lure of the Limerick, a study of the history and allure of limericks; it included a collection of limericks, arranged alphabetically, and a bibliography. The book was republished in 1974.

Baring-Gould also wrote 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

  • The Chronological Holmes, 1955 (with revisions from an earlier edition that appeared in The Baker Street Journal in 1948)
  • Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street, 1962
  • The Annotated Sherlock Holmes, 1967
  • The Lure of the Limerick, Panther Books, London, 1968
  • Nero Wolfe of West Thirty-Fifth Street, 1969


  1. ^ http://special.lib.umn.edu/findaid/xml/CLRC-388.xml
  2. ^ Sherlockian.Net: William S. Baring-Gould
  3. ^ Obituary: Lucile Marguerite Moody Baring-Gould
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Auguste Lupa

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Lupa also shares several of Wolfe's attributes, including a tendency to be overweight, a love for fine cooking, orchids, and beer, distaste for the female sex, and a preference for the color yellow. Like Wolfe, Lupa has a mistress named Anna, whom he treats poorly. Lupa explains to Giraud that he was raised by various relatives in different European countries following the death of his mother in a train accident. He saw his father on holidays.

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In Son of Holmes, Lupa investigates the murder of an intelligence agent and acts of sabotage in a small French town during World War I. In Rasputin's Revenge he travels to Russia at the request of Tsarina Alexandra and investigates the murder of a relative of Tsar Nicholas II.


Baring may refer to one of the following


Baring-Gould is a surname. Notable people with the name include:

Sabine Baring-Gould (1834–1924), English Anglican priest, hagiographer, antiquarian and novelist

William S. Baring-Gould (1913–67), Sherlock Holmes scholar

Baring family

The Baring family is a German and British family of merchants and bankers. In Germany the family belongs to the Bildungsbürgertum, whereas in England it belongs to the high aristocracy.

The family's earliest known ancestor is Peter Baring (or Petrus Baring), who was a burgher of the city of Groningen, then a semi-independent city-state that was part of the Holy Roman Empire and the Hanseatic League, now part of the Netherlands, around 1500. Peter Baring's son Franz Baring (Franciscus Baringius) became the first Lutheran bishop of Lauenburg in what is now Lower Saxony in Germany from 1565. The current family in Germany and England is descended from Franz Baring. In the Electorate of Hanover, the Baring family belonged to the upper bourgeoisie, the so-called Hübsche Familien (from höfisch, courtly, associated with the court), which comprised the third elite class after the nobility and the clergy.

The English branch of the family is descended from Franz Baring (1657–1697), a professor of theology in Bremen. He was the father of Johann Baring (1697–1748), who moved from his hometown Bremen to Exeter in England to take up an apprenticeship at a wool-exporting company in 1717. Over the years Johann Baring, who was later also known as John, built a small fortune as a wool merchant. His sons Francis Baring and John Baring moved to London, where they founded the John and Francis Baring Company, commonly known as Barings Bank, in 1762. Barings Bank became one of the leading London merchant banks, and collapsed in 1995. Francis Baring was the father of Sir Thomas Baring, 2nd Baronet, who was the father of Alexander Baring, 1st Baron Ashburton. Sir Francis Baring, 2nd Baronet, was also the father of Henry Baring and the grandfather of Edward Baring, 1st Baron Revelstoke, and Evelyn Baring, 1st Earl of Cromer.

Arnulf Baring is a member of the branch of the family resident in Germany.

Since the early 19th century, the Baring family maintained close relations with the Berenberg family of bankers.

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Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street

Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street: A Life of the World's First Consulting Detective is a 1962 novel by William S. Baring-Gould. The book purports to be a biography of Sherlock Holmes. It is considered to be the "definitive" biography of Sherlock Holmes.Some aspects of the book were loosely based on the life of Baring-Gould's paternal grandfather, Sabine Baring-Gould. Many of the theories put forth by Baring-Gould have become accepted knowledge about Sherlock Holmes such as the full name "William Sherlock Scott Holmes" which is used in the episode "His Last Vow" from series 3 of the BBC television series Sherlock. Other details established by Baring-Gould, such as Professor Moriarty being Holmes' childhood tutor, that Holmes was once an actor, and the continuing affair with Irene Adler leading up to the birth of a son, have continued to be a part of The Great Game and have been used in other Sherlockian pastiche. The book also offers one of the earliest versions of Sherlock Holmes meeting Jack the Ripper.Five years later, Baring-Gould would go on to publish an Annotated Sherlock Holmes, which would be considered definitive, at least until Leslie S. Klinger published The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes in 2004–2005. Baring-Gould used many biography details he invented in Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street for his annotated volumes.

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The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes

The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes is a series of three annotated books edited by Leslie S. Klinger, collecting all of Arthur Conan Doyle's short stories and novels about Sherlock Holmes. The books were originally published by W. W. Norton in oversized slipcased hardcover editions. The first two volumes containing the short stories were published on November 17, 2004, with the third volume containing the novels following a year later on November 17, 2005. Each volume was subsequently published separately on November 5, 2007 without a slipcase. This publication of the Sherlock Holmes canon has been called "definitive" and "a landmark in Sherlockian publishing."

There Was an Old Woman Who Lived Under a Hill

"There was an old woman lived under a hill" is a nursery rhyme which dates back to at least its first known printing in 1714. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 797.

Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book

Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song-Book is the first anthology of English nursery rhymes, published in London in 1744. It contains the oldest printed texts of many well-known and popular rhymes, as well as several that eventually dropped out of the canon of rhymes for children. A copy is held in the British Library. In 2013 a facsimile edition with an introduction by Andrea Immel and Brian Alderson was published by the Cotsen Occasional Press.

William Baring

William Baring may refer to:

William Bingham Baring

William S. Baring-Gould

William Baring du Pré

William Gould

William Gould may refer to:

William Gould (naturalist) (1715–1799), English cleric and naturalist

William Buelow Gould (1801–1853), Australian convict and painter

William Gould (actor) (1886–1969), American actor

William B. Gould I (1837–1923), escaped slave and veteran of the American Civil War

William B. Gould IV, American lawyer and law professor

William Monk Gould (1856–1923), British composer of light music

William Tracy Gould (1799–1882), American lawyer and founder of the Augusta Law School

William S. Baring-Gould (1913–1967), Sherlock Holmes scholar

William Gould (aka William O'Brien), one of the Manchester Martyrs

Billy Gould (born 1963), American musician and producer

Willie Gould (1886–?), English footballer for Bradford City and Manchester City

Billy Gould (comedian) (1869–1950), American vaudeville comedian

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Wold Newton family

The Wold Newton family is a literary concept derived from a form of crossover fiction developed by the American science fiction writer Philip José Farmer.

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