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May 22

Sherlock Holmes Day

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, was born this day, May 22, 1892.

This newer tartan, registered in 2017, was according to the official register:


"Created to show his followers that a tartan has been designed in his name. The creator of Sherlock Holmes was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who was born in Scotland with Irish ancestry, hence the blue and green in the tartan. The lighter blue with the brown edging represents the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland, and the gold/yellow strip represents the deductive clarity of Sherlock Holmes as one of the leading detectives of London."

First appearing in print in 1887 (in A Study in Scarlet), the character's popularity became widespread with the first series of short stories in The Strand Magazine, beginning with "A Scandal in Bohemia" in 1891.


All but one are set in the Victorian or Edwardian eras, between about 1880 and 1914. Most are narrated by the character of Holmes's friend and biographer Dr. Watson, who usually accompanies Holmes during his investigations and often shares quarters with him at the address of 221B Baker Street, London, where many of the stories begin.

For a list of the official canon of Sherlock Holmes works, click the photograph of Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes from the 1939 film "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes."