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The The alt.fan.holmes FAQ list, Part 3
Story Chronologies

Revised: Monday, 21-Jul-2014 11:30:04 MDT

[Thanks to John McGowan for this list]

The chronology of the Canon (by month) has now appeared in the DioGEnies Club for every month in the year. For those who are interested in a complete chronology (grouped together, rather than by month) here it is!

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 BSJ=Baker Street Journal)
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")
Me: A few dates which I suggest ("Me" being, John McGowan)

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.

3GAB                     3GAR                     3STU
   +-+-                     +-+-                     +-+-
   Bell     xx MAY 1903     Bell     26 JUN 1902     Bell     xx APR 1895
   Christ   14 SEP 1902     Christ   26 JUN 1902     Christ   18 APR 1895
   Brend    xx xxx 1903     Brend    xx JUN 1902     Brend    xx MAY 1895
   Zeisler  xx JUN 1896     Zeisler  26 JUN 1902     Zeisler  27 MAR 1895
   BG1      xx MAY 1903     BG1      26 JUN 1902     BG1      xx xxx 1895
   BG2      26 MAY 1903     BG2      26 JUN 1902     BG2      05 APR 1895
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-
   
   ABBE                     BERY                     BLAC
   +-+-                     +-+-                     +-+-
   Bell     xx JAN 1897     Bell     xx FEB 1882     Bell     03 JUL 1895
   Christ   22 JAN 1897     Christ   23 FEB 1883     Christ   03 JUL 1895
   Brend    xx JAN 1897     Brend    xx MAR 1886     Brend    xx JUL 1895
   Zeisler  xx JAN 1897     Zeisler  19 FEB 1886     Zeisler  10 JUL 1895
   BG1      xx JAN 1897     BG1      xx FEB 1883     BG1      03 JUL 1895
   BG2      23 JAN 1897     BG2      19 DEC 1890     BG2      03 JUL 1895
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-
   
   BLAN                     BLUE                     BOSC
   +-+-                     +-+-                     +-+-
   Bell     xx JAN 1903     Bell     27 DEC 1889     Bell     xx JUN 1889
   Christ   07 JAN 1903     Christ   27 DEC 1890     Christ   07 JUN 1889
   Brend    xx JAN 1903     Brend    xx DEC 1889     Brend    xx JUN 1889
   Zeisler  07 JAN 1903     Zeisler  27 DEC 1889     Zeisler  27 JUN 1890
   BG1      xx JAN 1903     BG1      27 DEC 1889     BG1      06 JUN 1889
   BG2      07 JAN 1903     BG2      27 DEC 1887     BG2      08 JUN 1889
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-
   
   BRUC                     CARD                     CHAS
   +-+-                     +-+-                     +-+-
   Bell     21 NOV 1895     Bell     06 AUG 1885     Bell     04 FEB 1884
   Christ   18 NOV 1895     Christ   14 AUG 1891     Christ   04 FEB 1889
   Brend    xx NOV 1895     Brend    xx AUG 1887     Brend    xx DEC 1882
   Zeisler  21 NOV 1895     Zeisler  10 AUG 1888     Zeisler  06 JAN 1886
   BG1      21 NOV 1895     BG1      30 AUG 1889     BG1      04 FEB 1888
   BG2      21 NOV 1895     BG2      31 AUG 1889     BG2      05 JAN 1899
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-
   
   COPP                     CREE                     CROO
   +-+-                     +-+-                     +-+-
   Bell     xx APR 1890     Bell     06 SEP 1903     Bell     xx AUG 1888
   Christ   19 APR 1891     Christ   06 SEP 1903     Christ   28 AUG 1889
   Brend    xx MAR 1890     Brend    xx SEP 1903     Brend    xx AUG 1888
   Zeisler  07 APR 1890     Zeisler  06 SEP 1903     Zeisler  26 JUN 1889
   BG1      xx APR 1890     BG1      06 SEP 1903     BG1      06 AUG 1889
   BG2      05 APR 1889     BG2      06 SEP 1903     BG2      11 SEP 1889
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-
   
   DANC                     DEVI                     DYIN
   +-+-                     +-+-                     +-+-
   Bell     xx xxx 1898     Bell     16 MAR 1897     Bell     xx NOV 1888
   Christ   27 JUL 1898     Christ   16 MAR 1897     Christ   30 NOV 1890
   Brend    xx xxx 1898     Brend    xx MAR 1897     Brend    xx NOV 1889
   Zeisler  27 JUL 1898     Zeisler  17 APR 1897     Zeisler  29 NOV 1890
   BG1      xx xxx 1898     BG1      16 MAR 1897     BG1      xx NOV 1890
   BG2      27 JUL 1898     BG2      16 MAR 1897     BG2      19 NOV 1887
   Me (1)   25 JUL 1888     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-
   
   EMPT                     ENGR                     FINA
   +-+-                     +-+-                     +-+-
   Bell     xx APR 1894     Bell     xx AUG 1888     Bell     24 APR 1891
   Christ   02 APR 1894     Christ   07 SEP 1889     Christ   14 APR 1893
   Brend    xx FEB 1894     Brend    xx xxx 1889     Brend    xx APR 1891
   Zeisler  03 APR 1894     Zeisler  08 SEP 1889     Zeisler  24 APR 1891
   BG1      xx APR 1894     BG1      xx AUG 1889     BG1      24 APR 1891
   BG2      05 APR 1894     BG2      07 SEP 1889     BG2      24 APR 1891
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-
   
   FIVE                     GLOR                     GOLD
   +-+-                     +-+-                     +-+-
   Bell     xx SEP 1888     Bell     xx xxx 1875     Bell     xx NOV 1894
   Christ   24 SEP 1889     Christ   xx SEP 1876     Christ   14 NOV 1894
   Brend    xx SEP 1888     Brend    xx xxx 1873     Brend    xx NOV 1894
   Zeisler  24 SEP 1889     Zeisler  xx xxx 1876     Zeisler  27 OCT 1894
   BG1      xx SEP 1887     BG1      xx xxx 1872     BG1      xx NOV 1894
   BG2      29 SEP 1887     BG2      12 JUL 1874     BG2      14 NOV 1894
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-
   
   GREE                     HOUN                     IDEN
   +-+-                     +-+-                     +-+-
   Bell     xx xxx 1890     Bell     28 SEP 1886     Bell     xx SEP 1888
   Christ   29 AUG 1888     Christ   28 SEP 1897     Christ   26 JUN 1889
   Brend    xx xxx 1882     Brend    xx OCT 1899     Brend    xx APR 1889
   Zeisler  15 AUG 1888     Zeisler  25 SEP 1900     Zeisler  09 OCT 1889
   BG1      28 AUG 1889     BG1      01 OCT 1889     BG1      14 JUN 1889
   BG2 (2)  12 SEP 1888     BG2      25 SEP 1888     BG2      18 OCT 1887
   Me (2)   xx AUG 1888     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-
   
   ILLU                     LADY                     LAST
   +-+-                     +-+-                     +-+-
   Bell     13 SEP 1902     Bell     xx xxx 1895     Bell     02 AUG 1914
   Christ   03 SEP 1902     Christ   02 SEP 1903     Christ   02 AUG 1914
   Brend    xx SEP 1902     Brend    xx xxx 1899     Brend    02 AUG 1914
   Zeisler  13 SEP 1902     Zeisler  xx AUG 189X     Zeisler  02 AUG 1914
   BG1      03 SEP 1902     BG1      xx xxx 1902     BG1      02 AUG 1914
   BG2      03 SEP 1902     BG2      01 JUL 1902     BG2      02 AUG 1914
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-
   
   LION                     MAZA                     MISS
   +-+-                     +-+-                     +-+-
   Bell     23 JUL 1907     Bell     xx xxx 1903     Bell     xx FEB 1897
   Christ   25 JUN 1907     Christ   xx xxx 1904     Christ   07 DEC 1897
   Brend    xx JUL 1907     Brend    xx xxx 1903     Brend    xx DEC 1897
   Zeisler  27 JUL 1909     Zeisler  xx xxx 1903     Zeisler  08 DEC 1896
   BG1      23 JUL 1907     BG1      xx xxx 1903     BG1      xx FEB 1897
   BG2      27 JUL 1909     BG2      xx xxx 1903     BG2      08 DEC 1896
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-
   
   MUSG                     NAVA                     NOBL
   +-+-                     +-+-                     +-+-
   Bell     26 SEP 1878     Bell     xx JUL 1888     Bell     06 OCT 1887
   Christ   24 JUN 1880     Christ   29 JUL 1889     Christ   09 OCT 1888
   Brend    xx SEP 1878     Brend    xx JUL 1888     Brend    xx OCT 1887
   Zeisler  02 OCT 1879     Zeisler  29 JUL 1889     Zeisler  07 DEC 1888
   BG1      26 SEP 1878     BG1      xx JUL 1889     BG1      12 OCT 1888
   BG2      02 OCT 1879     BG2      30 JUL 1889     BG2      08 OCT 1886
   Me (3)   26 JUN 1879     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-
   
   NORW                     PRIO                     REDC
   +-+-                     +-+-                     +-+-
   Bell     xx AUG 1895     Bell     16 MAY 1901     Bell     xx JAN 1897
   Christ   xx AUG 1894     Christ   16 MAY 1901     Christ   xx JAN 1893
   Brend    xx AUG 1894     Brend    xx MAY 1901     Brend    xx JAN 1896
   Zeisler  02 JUL 1894     Zeisler  17 MAY 1900     Zeisler  xx xxx 189X
   BG1      xx AUG 1895     BG1      16 MAY 1901     BG1      xx JAN 1895
   BG2      20 AUG 1895     BG2      16 MAY 1901     BG2      24 SEP 1902
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-
   
   REDH                     REIG                     RESI
   +-+-                     +-+-                     +-+-
   Bell     04 OCT 1890     Bell     26 APR 1887     Bell     xx OCT 1887
   Christ   18 OCT 1890     Christ   25 APR 1887     Christ   26 OCT 1882
   Brend    xx OCT 1890     Brend    xx APR 1887     Brend    xx OCT 1887
   Zeisler  19 OCT 1889     Zeisler  25 APR 1887     Zeisler  29 OCT 1887
   BG1      04 OCT 1890     BG1      26 APR 1887     BG1      xx OCT 1887
   BG2      29 OCT 1887     BG2      14 APR 1887     BG2      06 OCT 1886
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-
   
   RETI                     SCAN                     SECO
   +-+-                     +-+-                     +-+-
   Bell     xx JUL 1898     Bell     22 MAR 1888     Bell     xx xxx 1894
   Christ   xx xxx 1898     Christ   20 MAR 1889     Christ   15 JUL 1889
   Brend    xx xxx 1898     Brend    xx MAR 1889     Brend    xx xxx 1886
   Zeisler  xx xxx 1898     Zeisler  22 MAR 1889     Zeisler  xx JUL 1889
   BG1      xx JUL 1898     BG1      20 MAR 1889     BG1      xx NOV 1886
   BG2      28 JUL 1898     BG2      20 MAY 1887     BG2      12 OCT 1886
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-
   
   SHOS                     SIGN                     SILV
   +-+-                     +-+-                     +-+-
   Bell     xx MAY 1897     Bell     07 SEP 1887     Bell     xx xxx 1881
   Christ   09 MAY 1883     Christ   25 SEP 1888     Christ   03 SEP 1891
   Brend    xx MAY 1894     Brend    xx JUL 1887     Brend    29 SEP 1887
   Zeisler  06 MAY 1902     Zeisler  16 APR 1888     Zeisler  12 JUL 1888
   BG1      xx MAY 1882     BG1      07 SEP 1888     BG1      xx xxx 1882
   BG2      06 MAY 1902     BG2      18 SEP 1888     BG2      25 SEP 1890
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     Me (4)   xx AUG 1888     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-
   
   SIXN                     SOLI                     SPEC
   +-+-                     +-+-                     +-+-
   Bell     xx JUL 1900     Bell     13 APR 1895     Bell     xx APR 1883
   Christ   29 AUG 1902     Christ   23 MAR 1895     Christ   04 APR 1883
   Brend    xx xxx 1900     Brend    xx APR 1895     Brend    xx APR 1883
   Zeisler  11 JUN 1900     Zeisler  23 APR 1898     Zeisler  04 APR 1883
   BG1      xx JUL 1900     BG1      13 APR 1895     BG1      xx APR 1883
   BG2      08 JUN 1900     BG2      13 APR 1895     BG2      06 APR 1883
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-
   
   STOC                     STUD                     SUSS
   +-+-                     +-+-                     +-+-
   Bell     xx JUN 1888     Bell     04 MAR 1881     Bell     19 NOV 1897
   Christ   15 JUN 1889     Christ   03 MAR 1882     Christ   20 NOV 1896
   Brend    xx JUN 1888     Brend    xx MAR 1881     Brend    xx NOV 1896
   Zeisler  15 JUN 1889     Zeisler  04 MAR 1881     Zeisler  19 NOV 1901
   BG1      01 JUN 1889     BG1      04 MAR 1882     BG1      xx NOV 1897
   BG2      15 JUN 1889     BG2      04 MAR 1881     BG2      19 NOV 1896
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-
   
   THOR                     TWIS                     VALL
   +-+-                     +-+-                     +-+-
   Bell     04 OCT 1900     Bell     14 JUN 1889     Bell     07 JAN 1887
   Christ   04 OCT 1901     Christ   19 JUN 1889     Christ   07 JAN 1889
   Brend    xx OCT 1900     Brend    xx JUN 1889     Brend    xx JAN 1900
   Zeisler  04 OCT 1901     Zeisler  21 JUN 1889     Zeisler  07 JAN 1888
   BG1      04 OCT 1900     BG1      21 JUN 1889     BG1      07 JAN 1888
   BG2      04 OCT 1900     BG2      18 JUN 1887     BG2      07 JAN 1888
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-
   
   VEIL                     WIST                     YELL
   +-+-                     +-+-                     +-+-
   Bell     xx xxx 1896     Bell     xx MAR 1895     Bell     18 APR 1882
   Christ   xx xxx 1890     Christ   21 MAR 1892     Christ   07 APR 1883
   Brend    xx OCT 1896     Brend    xx MAR 1894     Brend    xx MAR 1882
   Zeisler  xx OCT 1896     Zeisler  24 MAR 1902     Zeisler  xx APR 188X
   BG1      xx xxx 1896     BG1      xx MAR 1895     BG1      xx MAY 1887
   BG2      xx OCT 1896     BG2      24 MAR 1890     BG2      07 APR 1888
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-

These are the four footnotes to the extra dates suggested by by me (John McGowan) in the above chronology.

(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.

Copyright 2003 Chuck Lavazzi

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