221B Baker Street - Index of Internal Chronologies

             

Index of Internal Chronologies

There are several compilations of the internal chronology of Watson's chronicles of Holmes' cases. The following listings were assembled by John McGowan, from compilations by Bell, Christ, Brend, Zeisler, and Baring-Gould. McGowan's additional dates are also inlcuded. Where a date is incomplete, the sub-order is determined by that given in Baring-Gould's second compilation.

You can reorder the lists by clicking the heading at the top of each column, the selected column being shown in dark blue. Details of sources, and comments by McGowan, can be found after the listings.

                                                                                                           
Code Bell   Christ   Brend   Zeisler   BG1   BG2   McGowan   
3GAB  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
3GAR  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
3STU  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
ABBE  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
BERY  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
BLAC  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
BLAN  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
BLUE  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
BOSC  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
BRUC  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
CARD  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
CHAS  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
COPP  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
CREE  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
CROO  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
DANC  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
DEVI  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
DYIN  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
EMPT  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
ENGR  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
FINA  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
FIVE  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
GLOR  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
GOLD  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
GREE  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
HOUN  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
IDEN  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
ILLU  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
LADY  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
LAST  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
LION  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
MAZA  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
MISS  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
MUSG  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
NAVA  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
NOBL  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
NORW  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
PRIO  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
REDC  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
REDH  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
REIG  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
RESI  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
RETI  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
SCAN  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
SECO  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
SHOS  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
SIGN  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
SILV  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
SIXN  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
SOLI  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
SPEC  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
STOC  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
STUD  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
SUSS  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
THOR  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
TWIS  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
VALL  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
VEIL  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
WIST  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----
YELL  18 Apr 188207 Apr 1883-- Mar 1882-- Apr 188X-- May 188707 Apr 1888-- --- ----



Comments on sources by John McGowan

The chronologies are as determined by:

         
Bell: Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson The Chronology of their adventures
Christ: An irregular chronology of Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street
Brend: My Dear Holmes
Zeisler: Baker Street Chronology Commentaries on the Sacred Writings of Dr. John H. Watson
BG1: An early chronology by Baring-Gould (which appeared in the Baker Street Journal (BSJ))
BG2: Baring-Gould's later chronology which appears in the Annotated Sherlock Holmes and his Biography of Sherlock Holmes... the chronology in the latter also covers many of the cases mentioned in passing by the good doctor, such as the adventure of the "tired captain")
McGowan: A few dates which he suggests

While I have copies of the above (except for Brend's book and I have only seen the issues of the BSJ with Baring-Gould's early chronology), I have taken the dates for Bell/Christ/Brend and BG1 from the sumMary Zeisler includes in his work and have not cross-checked the data for accuracy.



Footnotes to the extra dates suggested by John McGowan

1. While Christ correctly notes that possible dates in 1898 are the only ones with a full moon (for Hilton to see Elsie's face grow whiter in the moonlight on dates which are limited in possibility by other internal evidence), Zeisler mistakenly states that NO moon was available on dates in 1888 (the year must follow one of the Jubilee Years, 1887 & 1897). A moon is available (but only half full), and as Watson could determine Bartholomew Sholto's hair colour by the light of a half moon while peering through a key-hole (in SIGN) we must accept that Victorians were more sensitive to light than are we (who have ubiquitous electric lights), so I must accept an 1888 date as POSSIBLE; and as, for some reason, the story has the "feel" of an early adventure, I have dated it in 1888.

2. Baring-Gould (in BG2) notes that we must have "almost dark" occurring between 8:00 and 8:30 P.M. He uses the end of ASTRONOMICAL twilight to determine the date. But the end of astronomical twilight is when the faintest stars visible to the unaided eye appear... the correct approach is to take a time between the end of CIVIL and the end of NAUTICAL twilight... which yields a date in August.

3. The only item which prevents a date in June is the couplet:

What was the month?
The sixth from the first.

which does NOT appear in the Strand edition (nor in American editions), however, the fact that the sun is due west (if one has an interior stone-flagged passage) when Holmes finishes pacing out the Ritual (soon after the tangent of the sun's angle was 2/3) demands a date for which the time from such a solar altitude to the time when the sun is due west is short (a date in high summer) and the discovery of the conical depression left by Brunton demands a date for which the solar Declination does not change too rapidly (a date near the solstice). Merrill (in "Holmes and Brunton: Civil Engineers," "The Case of the Missing Calendar," and "Hurlstone Revisited" (in the Baker Street Journal) argues against the conical depression (but accepts it) and accepts Zeisler's analysis (for the most part) of the couplet. As the couplet does not appear in the Strand, and there are other interpretations of it, I feel that the short time demanded, and a better analysis of the conical depression, DOES permit accepting the conical depression and an interior passage, at least for dates near the solstice (such as Christ's and mine).

4. Most date the story in July or September (from internal statements as to the month), but Zeisler notes that we are told that sunset occurs soon after 7:00 P.M. (while Holmes and Watson are on the Thames) which occurs in August and April (which is how Zeisler gets April). I prefer to split the July/Sept difference and choose August with agreement with the time of sunset.





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