Baker Street Irregulars

The Baker Street Irregulars are fictional characters who appear in various Sherlock Holmes stories, as street boys 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.

Baker Street Irregulars
Sherlock Holmes character
Created byArthur Conan Doyle


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, 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]

Cultural references


  1. Doyle, Arthur Conan (1887). A Study in Scarlet, Chapter 6: "Tobias Gregson Shows Us What He Can Do" via Wikisource.
  2. Doyle, Arthur Conan (1890). The Sign of the Four, Chapter 8: "The Baker Street Irregulars" via Wikisource.
  3. Doyle, Arthur Conan (1893). The Crooked Man via Wikisource.
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  10. Barnes, Alan (2011). Sherlock Holmes on Screen. Titan Books. p. 226. ISBN 9780857687760.
  11. Matthewman, Scott. "Ten Things About Who: Hide". Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  12. Preston, Douglas; Child, Lincoln. "Read the opening chapters of WHITE FIRE". Preston & Child. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  13. McNutt, Myles (13 November 2014). "Elementary: "Just A Regular Irregular"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  14. Zipp, Yvonne (15 December 2011). "5 Best Mysteries of the Holiday Season". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
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