Baker Street Irregulars

Baker Street Irregulars
Sherlock Holmes character
Created by Arthur Conan Doyle
Nationality British

The Baker Street Irregulars are fictional characters who appear in various Sherlock Holmes stories, as street children who are employed by Holmes as intelligence agents. The name has subsequently been adopted by other organizations, most notably a prestigious and exclusive literary society founded in the United States by Christopher Morley in 1934.


The original Baker Street Irregulars are fictional characters featured in the Sherlock Holmes stories of Arthur Conan Doyle. The group of street urchins is led by an older boy called Wiggins, whom Holmes paid a shilling per day (plus expenses), with a guinea prize (worth one pound and one shilling) for a vital clue, to collect data for his investigations.

The group appears in the first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study In Scarlet (1887).[1] They also appear in the next novel, The Sign of the Four (1890), in which one of the chapters is titled "The Baker Street Irregulars".[2]

The Baker Street Irregulars ("my Baker Street boys") later appear in "The Adventure of the Crooked Man" (1893).[3]

Literary society

Baker Street Irregulars Fletcher Pratt, Christopher Morley and Rex Stout (1944)

The Baker Street Irregulars is an organization of Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts founded in 1934 by Christopher Morley.[4] The nonprofit organization numbers some 300 individuals worldwide.[5] The group has published The Baker Street Journal — an "irregular quarterly of Sherlockiana" — since 1946.[4]

Notable members

Notable members of the Baker Street Irregulars include the following:[6]

Cultural references


  1. Doyle, Arthur Conan (1887). Wikisource link to A Study in Scarlet, Chapter 6: "Tobias Gregson Shows Us What He Can Do". Wikisource.
  2. Doyle, Arthur Conan (1890). Wikisource link to The Sign of the Four, Chapter 8: "The Baker Street Irregulars". Wikisource.
  3. Doyle, Arthur Conan (1893). Wikisource link to The Crooked Man. Wikisource.
  4. 1 2 "Baker Street Irregulars 1923-2007: Guide". Houghton Library, Harvard Library. Harvard University. Retrieved 2015-03-25.
  5. "The Baker Street Irregulars Trust". ZoomInfo. March 2015.
  6. "List of Invested BSI, Two-Shilling Award Recipients, and The Woman" (PDF). BSI History Resources. The Baker Street Irregulars Trust. Retrieved 2016-01-28.
  7. 1 2 David Mehegan. "Guilt by association: For 65 years, a Boston club has made Sherlock Holmes mysteries a scholarly pastime." The Boston Globe. November 28, 2005. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
  8. Shashower, Daniel (July 10, 2015). "Why Sherlock Holmes Endures". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-01-28.
  9. "Frederic D. Steele, An Illustrator, 70". The New York Times. July 7, 1944. Retrieved 2016-01-28.
  10. Sweet-Escott, Bickham, Baker Street Irregular, London, Methuen, 1965.
  11. Matthewman, Scott. "Ten Things About Who: Hide". Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  12. The Irregulars at Dark Horse Comics
  13. Les Quatre de Baker Street at Bedetheque (French)

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