Incidental Characters


A Mormon named Cowper, to whom he (Jefferson Hope) had rendered services at different times. He therefore accosted him when he got up to him, with the object of finding out what Lucy Ferrier’s fate had been.

Brother Stangerson

The Mormon Elder in whose waggon Lucy Ferrier travelled, and who was instructed by Brigham Young to teach them the Mormon creed. His son was Joseph Stangerson.

“Take him, Brother Stangerson,” he said, “give him food and drink, and the child likewise. Let it be your task also to teach him our holy creed." (Brigham Young)

Brigham Young

A man who could not have been more than thirty years of age, but whose massive head and resolute expression marked him as a leader.
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Poor little devil of a terrier

"....which has been bad so long, and which the landlady wanted you to put out of its pain yesterday?” (Sherlock Holmes)

Alice Charpentier

" uncommonly fine girl she is, too; she was looking red about the eyes and her lips trembled as I spoke to her." (Inspector Gregson) Read More...

Madam Charpentier

Mother of Arthur and Alice. Owner of the boarding house where Drebber and Stangerson lodged while in London.

Arthur Charpentier, sub-lieutenant in Her Majesty's navy

Believed by Inspector Gregson to have murdered Enoch Drebber.


Leader of the Baker Street division of the detective police force.

There rushed into the room half a dozen of the dirtiest and most ragged street Arabs that ever I clapped eyes on.

Sally Dennis

Daughter of Mrs Sawyer.

Mrs Sawyer

Who claimed that the wedding ring found at the scene of Enoch Drebber's murder belonged to her daughter Sally. Read More...

Constable Harry Murcher

The Police Constable who had the Holland Grove beat.

Constable John Rance

Police constable who discovered the body of Enoch J. Drebber.

Retired sergeant of Marines

Bearer of a letter from Inspector Tobias Gregson telling Sherlock Holmes of the murder of Enoch J Drebber and asking for the detective's assistance. Read More...


No mention of her name and no details are given in this novel.

Early visitors to Baker Street as clients of Sherlock Holmes

The same afternoon brought a gray-headed, seedy visitor, looking like a Jew peddler, who appeared to me to be much excited.

A slipshod elderly woman.

An old white-haired gentleman had an interview with my companion.

A railway porter in his velveteen uniform.

Young Stamford

....who had been a dresser under me at Bart’s. The sight of a friendly face in the great wilderness of London is a pleasant thing indeed to a lonely man. In old days Stamford had never been a particular crony of mine, but now I hailed him with enthusiasm, and he, in his turn, appeared to be delighted to see me. In the exuberance of my joy, I asked him to lunch with me at the Holborn, and we started off together in a hansom. (Dr John Watson)

Murray, my Orderley orderly, who threw me across a packhorse, and succeeded in bringing me safely to the British lines. (Dr John Watson)
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Inspector Bardle

I had a call from Inspector Bardle of the Sussex Constabulary — a steady, solid, bovine man with thoughtful eyes, which looked at me now with a very troubled expression.

McPherson's dog

I saw the faithful little creature, an Airedale terrier, laid out upon the mat in the hall. The body was stiff and rigid, the eyes projecting, and the limbs contorted. There was agony in every line of it.

Sudbury and Blount

At my request he sent for Sudbury and Blount, the two students who had found the dog.

Old housekeeper

It was my old housekeeper who heard of it first by that strange wireless by which such people collect the news of the countryside.

Uncle of Fitzroy McPherson

“We were engaged to be married, and we only kept it secret because Fitzroy’s uncle, who is very old and said to be dying, might have disinherited him if he had married against his wish.” (Maud Bellamy)

William Bellamy

A powerful young man, with a heavy, sullen face.

Tom Bellamy

Mr. Bellamy proved to be a middle-aged man with a flaming red beard. He seemed to be in a very angry mood, and his face was soon as florid as his hair.

Maud Bellamy

“She is the beauty of the neighbourhood — a real beauty, Holmes, who would draw attention everywhere.” (Harold Stackhurst) Read More...


The village constable, a big, ginger-moustached man of the slow, solid Sussex breed — a breed which covers much good sense under a heavy, silent exterior.

Dr John Watson

At this period of my life the good Watson had passed almost beyond my ken. An occasional week-end visit was the most that I ever saw of him. Thus I must act as my own chronicler. Ah! had he but been with me, how much he might have made of so wonderful a happening and of my eventual triumph against every difficulty!


Lowenstein! The name brought back to me the memory of some snippet from a newspaper which spoke of an obscure scientist who was striving in some unknown way for the secret of rejuvenescence and the elixir of life. Lowenstein of Prague! Lowenstein with the wondrous strength-giving serum, tabooed by the profession because he refused to reveal its source.


Professor Presbury's coachman.


“Mercer is since your time,” said Holmes. “He is my general utility man who looks up routine business."


“Dorak — a curious name. Slavonic, I imagine.” (Sherlock Holmes) Read More...

Fellow student

“Mr. Bennett, received a letter from a fellow-student in Prague, who said that he was glad to have seen Professor Presbury there, although he had not been able to talk to him.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Alice Morphy

A very perfect girl both in mind and body. Read More...

Edith Presbury

A bright, handsome girl of a conventional English type. Read More...

Doctor and policeman

“It (the body of Maria Gibson) was examined by the police and by a doctor before being carried up to the house.” (Sherlock Holmes)


Who saw Grace Dunbar by Thor Bridge at about the hour Mrs Gibson died. Read More...


The body was found by a gamekeeper about eleven o’clock.

Joyce Cummings

The rising barrister who was entrusted with the defence of Grace Dunbar. Read More...

Gibson children

“She (Grace Dunbar) answered our advertisement and became governess to our two children.” (Neil Gibson)

Mr Ferguson

“His secretary, Mr. Ferguson, only told me this morning of his appointment with you.” (Marlow Bates)

Billy the page

Billy had opened the door, but the name which he announced was an unexpected one.
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New cook

“We may discuss it when you have consumed the two hard-boiled eggs with which our new cook has favoured us. Their condition may not be unconnected with the copy of the Family Herald which I observed yesterday upon the hall-table. Even so trivial a matter as cooking an egg demands an attention which is conscious of the passage of time and incompatible with the love romance in that excellent periodical.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Cox & Co. Bankers

Somewhere in the vaults of the bank of Cox and Co., at Charing Cross, there is a travel-worn and battered tin dispatchbox with my name, John H. Watson, M. D., Late Indian Army, painted upon the lid.

Rodger Prescott

Famous as forger and coiner in Chicago. Killed by Killer Evans in 1895.
aka Waldron

Inspector Lestrade

“I have been down to see friend Lestrade at the Yard. There may be an occasional want of imaginative intuition down there, but they lead the world for thoroughness and method.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Holloway and Steele

House agents for 136 Little Ryder Street, London.

Howard Garrideb

Fictious Birmingham character invented by Killer Evans.

Mrs Saunders

Mrs. Saunders, the caretaker, was about to leave, but she had no hesitation in admitting us, for the door shut with a spring lock, and Holmes promised to see that all was safe before we left. Shortly afterwards the outer door closed, her bonnet passed the bow window.

Dr Lysander Starr

“I used to have a correspondent — he is dead now — old Dr. Lysander Starr, who was mayor in 1890.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Alexander Hamilton Garrideb

“If you came from Kansas I would not need to explain to you who Alexander Hamilton Garrideb was. He made his money in real estate, and afterwards in the wheat pit at Chicago, but he spent it in buying up as much land as would make one of your counties, lying along the Arkansas River, west of Fort Dodge.” (Killer Evans) Read More...


A smart maid, the only modern thing which we had seen in the house, had brought in some tea.

Carlo the Spaniel

A spaniel had lain in a basket in the corner. It came slowly forward towards its master, walking with difficulty. Its hind legs moved irregularly and its tail was on the ground. It licked Ferguson’s hand.

Michael the stablehand

One stablehand, Michael, who sleeps in the house.

Ferguson baby

A very beautiful child, dark-eyed, golden-haired, a wonderful mixture of the Saxon and the Latin.

Mrs Mason

Nurse to the Ferguson baby.


Maid to Mrs Ferguson.

Morrison, Morrison, and Dodd

Lawyers to Robert Ferguson.

Footman to Isadora Klein

A machine-like footman took up our cards and returned with word that the lady was not at home.

Duke of Lomond

“I hear that she is about to marry the young Duke of Lomond, who might almost be her son.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Two burglars

“When I woke, one man was at the bedside and another was rising with a bundle in his hand from among my son’s baggage, which was partially opened and littered over the floor. Before he could get away I sprang up and seized him.” (Mary Maberley)


Maidservant to Mary Maberley.

Our friend of yesterday, looking very pale and ill, had entered the room, leaning upon a little maidservant.

Couple of Constables

Who were examining the windows and the geranium beds outside ‘Three Gables’.

Police Inspector

A bustling, rubicund inspector, who greeted Holmes as an old friend.

Langdale Pike

Langdale Pike was his human book of reference upon all matters of social scandal. This strange, languid creature spent his waking hours in the bow window of a St. James’s Street club and was the receivingstation as well as the transmitter for all the gossip of the metropolis. He made, it was said, a four-figure income by the paragraphs which he contributed every week to the garbage papers which cater to an inquisitive public. If ever, far down in the turbid depths of London life, there was some strange swirl or eddy, it was marked with automatic exactness by this human dial upon the surface. Holmes discreetly helped Langdale to knowledge, and on occasion was helped in turn.

Captain Ferguson

A retired sea captain who had owned Mary Maberley’s house before her.

Susan Stockdale

Wife of Barney Stockdale.

A great gaunt woman whom he had seized by the shoulder. She entered with ungainly struggle like some huge awkward chicken, torn, squawking, out of its coop.

Mr Sutro

Mrs Mary Maberley’s lawyer who lived in Harrow.

“Is that lawyer of yours a capable man?”
“Mr. Sutro is most capable.” (Mary Maberley)

Haines-Johnson, Auctioneer and Valuer

“Three days ago I had a call from a man who said that he was a house agent. He said that this house would exactly suit a client of his, and that if I would part with it money would be no object.” (Mary Maberley)

Mortimer Maberley

Husband of Mary Maberley. He had been one of Holmes' early clients. Read More...

Spencer John Gang

“He is one of the Spencer John gang and has taken part in some dirty work of late which I may clear up when I have time. His immediate principal, Barney, is a more astute person. They specialize in assaults, intimidation, and the like.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Barney Stockdale

It is that gang of Barney Stockdale.

“His immediate principal, Barney, is a more astute person. They specialize in assaults, intimidation, and the like.” (Sherlock Holmes)


Who was killed outside the Holborn Bar.

Steve Dixie, the bruiser

The door had flown open and a huge negro had burst into the room. He would have been a comic figure if he had not been terrific, for he was dressed in a very loud gray check suit with a flowing salmon-coloured tie. His broad face and flattened nose were thrust forward, as his sullen dark eyes, with a smouldering gleam of malice in them, turned from one of us to the other. Read More...

Whitehall, London

“I have the cabman who took you to Whitehall and the cabman who brought you away.” (Sherlock Holmes)

“If we could take it out of Whitehall someone else could surely take it out of my lodgings.” (Count Negretto Sylvius)
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Van Seddar

“He knows nothing of Van Seddar.”
“I thought Van Seddar was going next week.”
“He was. But now he must get off by the next boat. One or other of us must slip round with the stone to Lime Street and tell him.”

Ikey Saunders

“I have Ikey Sanders, who refused to cut it up for you. Ikey has peached, and the game is up.” (Sherlock Holmes)


“I have the commissionaire who saw you near the case.” (Sherlock Holmes)
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“I have the cabman who took you to Whitehall and the cabman who brought you away.” (Sherlock Holmes)


“Tavernier, the French modeller, made it. He is as good at waxworks as your friend Straubenzee is at air-guns.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Yougal of the C.I.D.

“Take a cab to Scotland Yard and give this to Youghal of the C. I. D. Come back with the police.” (Sherlock Holmes)
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“I followed him to old Straubenzee’s workshop in the Minories. Straubenzee made the air-gun — a very pretty bit of work, as I understand.” (Sherlock Holmes)
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Home Secretary

“....who seemed a civil, obliging sort of man.” (Billy)
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Prime Minister

“Why, we had the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary both sitting on that very sofa. Mr. Holmes was very nice to them. He soon put them at their ease and promised he would do all he could.” (Billy)
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Billy the page

The young but very wise and tactful page, who had helped a little to fill up the gap of loneliness and isolation which surrounded the saturnine figure of the great detective.
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Dr John Watson

It was pleasant to Dr. Watson to find himself once more in the untidy room of the first floor in Baker Street which had been the starting-point of so many remarkable adventures.

Medical Superintendent

An elderly man who was clearly in authority been attracted to the room by the hubbub; He said a few stern words in Dutch.


“In front of me was standing a small, dwarf-like man with a huge, bulbous head, who was jabbering excitedly in Dutch, waving two horrible hands which looked to me like brown sponges. Behind him stood a group of people who seemed to be intensely amused by the situation, but a chill came over me as I looked at them. Not one of them was a normal human being. Every one was twisted or swollen or disfigured in some strange way. The laughter of these strange monstrosities was a dreadful thing to hear.” (Godfrey Emsworth) Read More...

Simpson and Anderson

“There was Simpson — the fellow we called Baldy Simpson — and Anderson, and I. We were clearing brother Boer, but he lay low and got the three of us. The other two were killed.” (Godfrey Emsworth)

Sir James Saunders

A grave and tacitum gentleman of iron-gray aspect.

Mr Kent

A small, brisk, bearded man in a black coat and bowler hat. Read More...

Godfrey Emsworth's mother

“The mother I liked also — a gentle little white mouse of a woman.” (James M. Dodd)

Ralph's wife

“....and there was his wife, who might have been older. She had been Godfrey’s nurse, and I had heard him speak of her as second only to his mother in his affections, so I was drawn to her in spite of her queer appearance.” (James M. Dodd)

Old Ralph the butler

Who seemed about the same age as the house. Read More...

Dr John Watson

“The good Watson had at that time deserted me for a wife, the only selfish action which I can recall in our association. I was alone.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Two armed men

Two armed men with sticks who attacked Sherlock Holmes outside the Cafe Royal.

The Client

“It is a loyal friend and a chivalrous gentleman,” said Holmes, holding up a restraining hand. “Let that now and forever be enough for us.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Le Brun, the French agent

“I heard that he was beaten by some Apaches in the Montmartre district and crippled for life.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Butler to Baron Gruner

A butler who would have adorned a bench of bishops, showed me in and handed me over to a plush-clad footman, who ushered me into the Baron’s presence.


Sublibrarian at the London Library in St. James’s Square.

Finally I drove to the London Library in St. James’s Square, put the matter to my friend Lomax, the sublibrarian, and departed to my rooms with a goodly volume under my arm. (Dr John Watson)

Sir Leslie Oakshott

The famous surgeon who attended Sherlock Holmes after the murderous attack on his person. Read More...

General de Merville

Father of Violet de Merville.

Wife of Dr Leon Sterndale

“I have a wife who has left me for years and yet whom, by the deplorable laws of England, I could not divorce.” (Dr Leon Sterndale)

Servant to Mr Roundhay

“That servant, I found upon inquiry, was so ill that she had gone to her bed.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Farm lad

Farm lad sent by Mrs Porter to fetch the Doctor.

Young girl

Young girl who helped Mrs Porter.

Mrs Porter

The old cook and housekeeper. Elderly Cornish housekeeper to the Tregennis family.

Dr Richards

Dr. Richards, who explained that he had just been sent for on a most urgent call to Tredannick Wartha.

Mr Roundhay, Vicar of Tredannick Wollas

The vicar of the parish, Mr. Roundhay, was something of an archaeologist, and as such Holmes had made his acquaintance. He was a middle-aged man, portly and affable, with a considerable fund of local lore. At his invitation we had taken tea at the vicarage.

Dr Moore Agar of Harley Street

Whose dramatic introduction to Holmes I may some day recount, gave positive injunctions that the famous private agent lay aside all his cases and surrender himself to complete rest if he wished to avert an absolute breakdown.

Late Earl of Rufton

“Lady Frances,” he continued, “is the sole survivor of the direct family of the late Earl of Rufton.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Police Sergeant and Police Constable

A sergeant and a constable stood in the doorway.

Dr Horsom

“....and had her (Rose Spender) carefully tended, as Christian folk should. On the third day she died — certificate says senile decay — but that’s only the doctor’s opinion, and of course you know better.” (Dr Shlessinger) Read More...

Rose Spender

“She is an old nurse of my wife’s, Rose Spender by name, whom we found in the Brixton Workhouse Infirmary.” (Dr Shlessinger)

Jules Vibart

One of the head waiters at the Hotel National, Lausanne and engaged to Marie Devine, maid of Lady Frances Carfax.

Monsieur Moser

Manager of the Hotel National at Lausanne.

Miss Marie Devine

The maid of Lady Frances Carfax, and engaged to one of the head waiters of the Hotel National at Lausanne. Read More...

Miss Susan Dobney

“Old Susan Dobney with the mob cap! I remember her well.” (Hon. Philip Green) Read More...

Dr Watson's unknown companion

“You observe that you have some splashes on the left sleeve and shoulder of your coat. Had you sat in the centre of a hansom you would probably have had no splashes, and if you had they would certainly have been symmetrical. Therefore it is clear that you sat at the side. Therefore it is equally clear that you had a companion.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Staples, butler to Culverton Smith

All was in keeping with a solemn butler who appeared framed in the pink radiance of a tinted electric light behind him.

Victor Savage

Nephew of Culverton Smith who stood between Smith and a reversion. Read More...

Inspector Morton of Scotland Yard

Below, as I stood whistling for a cab, a man came on me through the fog.
“How is Mr. Holmes, sir?” he asked.
It was an old acquaintance, Inspector Morton, of Scotland Yard, dressed in unofficial tweeds.

Dr Aintree

Dr Watson wanted to fetch Dr Aintree to attend Sherlock Holmes as he was considered the greatest living authority upon tropical disease.

Sir Jasper Meek and Penrose Fisher

Two of the best Doctors in London. Dr Watson wanted to fetch one of them to attend Sherlock Holmes.

Hugo Oberstein

Foreign spy and murderer of Arthur Cadogan West.

Known to be in town on Monday and is now reported as having left.

Clerk in the Ticket Office at Woolwich station

Who was able to say with confidence that he saw Cadogan West — whom he knew well by sight — upon the Monday night, and that he went to London by the 8:15 to London Bridge. He was alone and took a single third-class ticket. The clerk was struck at the time by his excited and nervous manner. So shaky was he that he could hardly pick up his change, and the clerk had helped him with it.

Night watchman at the Woolwich Arsenal

He is an old soldier and a most trustworthy man.

Mother of Arthur Cadogan West

The old lady was too dazed with grief to be of any use to us.

Unknown passenger

“A passenger who passed Aldgate in an ordinary Metropolitan train about 11:40 on Monday night declares that he heard a heavy thud, as of a body striking the line, just before the train reached the station.” ((nspector Lestrade)

Old gentleman who represented the railway company

A courteous red-faced old gentleman represented the railway company.

Mr Sidney Johnson

Senior clerk and draughtsman at the Woolwich Arsenal.

Admiral Sinclair of Barclay Square

Sir James Walter dined at his house on the evening the incident occurred.

Sir James Walter

"The actual official guardian of the papers is the famous government expert, Sir James Walter. whose decorations and sub-titles fill two lines of a book of reference. He has grown gray in the service, is a gentleman, a favoured guest in the most exalted houses, and, above all, a man whose patriotism is beyond suspicion." (Mycroft Holmes)

Mason, a plate-layer

“His dead body was discovered by a plate-layer named Mason, just outside Aldgate Station on the Underground system in London.”
  • A workman who lays down the rails of a railway and fixes them to the sleepers or ties.
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Miss Violet Westbury

Fiancee of Arthur Cadogan West. He left her in the fog about 7.30 on the evening of his death. Read More...

Tito Castalotte

“The senior partner of the great firm of Castalotte and Zamba, who are the chief fruit importers of New York. Signor Zamba is an invalid, and our new friend Castalotte has all power within the firm, which employs more than three hundred men.”
"Signor Castalotte was a bachelor, and I believe that he felt as if Gennaro was his son, and both my husband and I loved him as if he were our father." (Emilia Lucca)

Mr Leverton of Pinkerton's American Agency

“The hero of the Long Island cave mystery?” said Holmes. “Sir, I am pleased to meet you.”
The American, a quiet, businesslike young man, with a clean-shaven, hatchet face, flushed up at the words of commendation.
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Morton and Waylight

Morton and Waylight, in Tottenham Court Road where Mr Warren was employed as a timekeeper.

Mr Warren

Husband of Mrs Warren, the Landlady, and a timekeeper at Morton and Waylight’s, in Tottenham Court Road.

Allan Brothers

Chief land agents in the village to whom Holmes applied for details of local wealthy residents.


A retired brewer living at Albemarle Mansion, Kensington where Scott Eccles first met Garcia.


Private servant to the Henderson family.

John Warner

Former gardner at High Gable sacked in a moment of temper by his imperious employer, and ultimate rescuer of Miss Burnet.

Daughters of Mr Henderson

Girls of eleven and thirteen.

Constable Downing

Badly bitten by the mulatto during the arrest of the same.

“He chewed Downing’s thumb nearly off before they could master him.” (Inspector Baynes)

Manservant to Garcia

A melancholy, swarthy individual.

Mulatto cook

“A perfect savage, as strong as a cart-horse and as fierce as the devil. He hardly speaks a word of English, and we can get nothing out of him but grunts.” (Inspector Baynes)
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Constable Walters

The Police Constable left on duty at Wisteria Lodge by Inspector Baynes.

Inspector Gregson

An energetic, gallant, and, within his limitations, a capable officer.


Constable on duty at 16 Godolphin Street, London

The big constable, very hot and penitent, sidled into the room.

Mme. Henri Fournaye

Wife of Eduardo Lucas a.k.a. Henri Fournaye.

John Mitton

Valet to Eduardo Lucas.

The arrest of John Mitton, the valet was a council of despair as an alternative to absolute inaction. But no case could be sustained against him. He had visited friends in Hammersmith that night. The alibi was complete.

Mrs Pringle

Elderly housekeeper to Eduardo Lucas.

Eduardo Lucas

Blackmailer of Lady Hilda Trelawney Hope.

Lodge-keeper at the Abbey Grange

An old lodge-keeper, whose haggard face bore the reflection of some great disaster. Read More...

Manager of the Adelaide-Southampton Line

Holmes’s card sent in to the manager ensured instant attention, and he was not long in acquiring all the information he needed.

The Three Randalls

Suspected burglars of the Abbey Grange.

One was elderly, with a beard, and the others young, hairless lads. They might have been a father with his two sons.

Sir Eustace Brackenstall

Husband of Lady Mary Brackenstall and owner of the Abbey Grange. Read More...

Wife of Godfrey Staunton

A woman, young and beautiful, was lying dead upon the bed. Her calm, pale face, with dim, wide-opened blue eyes, looked upward from amid a great tangle of golden hair.


“The pride of the local draghounds — no very great flier, as his build will show, but a staunch hound on a scent. Well, Pompey, you may not be fast, but I expect you will be too fast for a couple of middle-aged London gentlemen.”

Jeremy Dixon, Trinity College

“I’ll just send round a note to Mr. Jeremy Dixon, and then I have no doubt that our luck will turn.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Friendly native in the yard of our own inn

“All that I have learned I got from a friendly native in the yard of our own inn. It was he who told me of the doctor’s habits and of his daily journey.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Coachman to Dr Armstrong

“I do not know whether it came from his own innate depravity or from the promptings of his master, but he was rude enough to set a dog at me. Neither dog nor man liked the look of my stick, however, and the matter fell through. Relations were strained after that, and further inquiries out of the question.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Young woman in telegraph office

The young woman separated one of the forms.
“This is it. There is no name,” said she, smoothing it out upon the counter.

Lord Mount-James

“Lord Mount-James is his nearest relative — his uncle; one of the richest men in England.”
“The old boy is nearly eighty — cram full of gout, too. They say he could chalk his billiard-cue with his knuckles. He never allowed Godfrey a shilling in his life. for he is an absolute miser.” (Cyril Overton) Read More...

Father of Godfrey Staunton's wife

A rough-looking man with a beard.

Porter at Bentley's Private Hotel

Sherlock Holmes was a past-master in the art of putting a humble witness at his ease, and very soon, in the privacy of Godfrey Staunton’s abandoned room, he had extracted all that the porter had to tell.

Inspector Stanley Hopkins

A promising detective, in whose career Holmes had several times shown a very practical interest.


“The friend of my heart. He was noble, unselfish, loving — all that my husband was not. He hated violence.”

“Alexis was sent a convict to Siberia, where now, at this moment, he works in a salt mine.” (Anna)


The Constable on duty at the gate of Yoxley Old Place.


....the gardener, who wheels the Bath chair, is an army pensioner — an old Crimean man of excellent character.

Susan Tarleton

Professor Coram’s maidservant.

Mrs Marker

Professor Coram's elderly housekeeper.
A sad-faced, elderly woman came into the room.

Willoughby Smith

A very young man straight from the university.

Sir Jabez Gilchrist

Who ruined himself on the turf. Father of Gilchrist the student.

Miles McLaren

A brilliant fellow when he chooses to work — one of the brightest intellects of the university; but he is wayward, dissipated, and unprincipled. He was nearly expelled over a card scandal in his first year.

Raulat Das

An Indian student. He is a quiet, inscrutable fellow; a silent, little, hook-nosed fellow.

Inspector Hill

An inspector who makes a specialty of Saffron Hill and the Italian quarter.

Lucretia Venucci

Lady’s maid to the Princess of Colonna.
There is no doubt in my mind that this Pietro who was murdered two nights ago was the brother.

Pietro Venucci

Pietro Venucci, from Naples, and he is one of the greatest cut-throats in London. He is connected with the Mafia, which, as you know, is a secret political society, enforcing its decrees by murder. Read More...

Mr Sandeford of Reading

An elderly red-faced man with grizzled side-whiskers was ushered in. In his right hand he carried an old-fashioned carpet-bag, which he placed upon the table.

Josiah Brown of Laburnum Lodge

A jovial, rotund figure in shirt and trousers.

Harding Bros.

The founder of that great emporium proved to be a brisk, crisp little person, very dapper and quick, with a clear head and a ready tongue.

Manager of Gelder & Co.

The manager, a big blond German, received us civilly and gave a clear answer to all Holmes’s questions. the production of the photograph had a remarkable effect upon the manager. His face flushed with anger, and his brows knotted over his blue Teutonic eyes.

Horace Harker

Mr Horace Harker of the Central Press Syndicate.
An exceedingly unkempt and agitated elderly man, clad in a flannel dressing-gown, was pacing up and down. He was introduced to us as the owner of the house.

Dr Barnicot

In Kennington Road, and within a few hundred yards of Morse Hudson’s shop, there lives a well-known medical practitioner, named Dr. Barnicot, who has one of the largest practices upon the south side of the Thames. His residence and principal consulting-room is at Kennington Road, but he has a branch surgery and dispensary at Lower Brixton Road, two miles away.

Morse Hudson

He was a small, stout man with a red face and a peppery manner.
It was at the shop of Morse Hudson, who has a place for the sale of pictures and statues in the Kennington Road.

Impecunious young squire

Letters written by the Lady Eva Blackwell to an impecunious young squire in the country, with which Charles Augustus Milverton intended to blackmail her.

Milverton's nocturnal visitor

A tall, slim, dark woman, a veil over her face, a mantle drawn round her chin. Her breath came quick and fast, and every inch of the lithe figure was quivering with strong emotion. Read More...

Agatha, Milverton's housemaid

Sherlock Holmes became engaged to Agatha in order to gain information regarding the workings of the household of Charles Augustus Milverton.

Colonel Dorking

One of the former victims of Charles Augustus Milverton. Engaged to the Honourable Miss Miles.

Honourable Miss Miles

One of the former victims of Charles Augustus Milverton. Engaged to Colonel Dorking.

Earl of Dovercourt

Engaged to the Lady Eva Blackwell.

Lady Eva Blackwell

The most beautiful debutante of last season.
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“You remember that a stonemason, named Slater, walking from Forest Row about one o’clock in the morning — two days before the murder — stopped as he passed the grounds and looked at the square of light still shining among the trees. He swears that the shadow of a man’s head turned sideways was clearly visible on the blind, and that this shadow was certainly not that of Peter Carey.” (Stanley Hopkins)

Daughter of Peter Carey

A pale, fair-haired girl, whose eyes blazed defiantly at us as she told us that she was glad that her father was dead, and that she blessed the hand which had struck him down.

Mrs Peter Carey

A haggard, gray-haired woman, the widow of the murdered man, whose gaunt and deep-lined face, with the furtive look of terror in the depths of her red-rimmed eyes, told of the years of hardship and ill-usage which she had endured.

Patrick Cairns

A fierce bull-dog face was framed in a tangle of hair and beard, and two bold, dark eyes gleamed behind the cover of thick, tufted, overhung eyebrows. He saluted and stood sailor-fashion, turning his cap round in his hands.

Edith, Duchess of Holdernesse

Daughter of Sir Charles Appledore and mother of Lord Saltire. Currently residing in the south of France.

Peat Cutter

Who took a note to Dr Huxtable after Holmes and Watson discovered the body of the murdered German master, Herr Heidegger.

Mrs Rueben Hayes

Who was a kindly woman, but entirely under the control of her brutal husband.

Herr Heidegger

He was a tall man, full-bearded, with spectacles, one glass of which had been knocked out. The cause of his death was a frightful blow upon the head, which had crushed in part of his skull. That he could have gone on after receiving such an injury said much for the vitality and courage of the man. He wore shoes, but no socks, and his open coat disclosed a nightshirt beneath it.

Lord Arthur Saltire

Son and heir of the Duke of Holdernesse.

Peter the groom

It was a young fellow about seventeen, dressed like an ostler with leather cords and gaiters. He lay upon his back, his knees drawn up, a terrible cut upon his head. He was insensible, but alive.

Daughter of Mr Carruthers

The child was a dear and Mr Carruthers suggested that I should come and teach music to his only daughter, aged ten.

Mrs Dixon

Housekeeper to Mr Carruthers.

A lady housekeeper, a very respectable, elderly person.

Cyril Morton

An electrical engineer and financée of Violet Smith. Working for the Midland Electrical Company at Coventry.

Ralph Smith

Ralph Smith, an Uncle, who went to Africa twenty-five years ago, and we have never had a word from him since.

He had died some months before in great poverty in Johannesburg.

James Smith

“My father is dead, Mr. Holmes. He was James Smith, who conducted the orchestra at the old Imperial Theatre.” (Violet Smith)
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Mr Williamson

He was a respectable, elderly gentleman.

Stable boy

Worked for Mr and Mrs Cubitt at Riding Thorpe Manor, Norfolk.

Wilson Hargreave

Of the New York Police Bureau, who has more than once made use of my knowledge of London crime.

Village Policeman

A stolid country policeman.

Mrs King

Cook at Riding Thorpe Manor.


Housemaid at Riding Thorpe Manor.

Local Surgeon

An old white-haired man.

Mrs Lexington

Jonas Oldacre’s housekeeper.

Mr McFarlane

He was away in seach of his son, the unfortunate John Hector McFarlane.

Mrs McFarlane

Mother of the unfortunate John Hector McFarlane.


“Because I recognized their sentinel when I glanced out of my window. He is a harmless enough fellow, Parker by name, a garroter by trade, and a remarkable performer upon the jew’s harp.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Mycroft Holmes

Holmes’ brother and his only confidant during his exile.

Mrs Hudson

Mrs. Hudson has made some change in that figure eight times, or once in every quarter of an hour. She works it from the front, so that her shadow may never be seen.

Card players

  • Mr Murray
  • Sir John Hardy
  • Godfrey Milner
  • Colonel Moran
  • Lord Balmoral (was this the same gentleman mentioned in SILV and NOBL)

Edith Woodley

Edith Woodley of Carstairs former fiancée of Ronald Adair.

Hilda Adair

Sister of Ronald Adair.

Lady Maynooth

Ronald Adair’s mother who had returned from Australia to undergo the operation for catarac.

Colonel James Moriarty

Brother of Professor Moriarty. Not mentioned in the Canon before or after this story.

Peter Steiler

The Englischer Hof, then kept by Peter Steiler the elder. Our landlord was an intelligent man and spoke excellent English, having served for three years as waiter at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.
  • This was not the now famous Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane, London since it was not opened until the 1920’s.

Harry Pinner

He was very like the chap I had seen the night before, the same figure and voice, but he was clean-shaven and his hair was lighter.

Mrs Hudson

“Mrs. Hudson has risen to the occasion,” said Holmes, uncovering a dish of curried chicken. “Her cuisine is a little limited, but she has as good an idea of breakfast as a Scotchwoman.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Dr Ferrier

“....who lives near me, was going down by that very train. The doctor most kindly took charge of me, and it was well he did so, for I had a fit in the station, and before we reached home I was practically a raving maniac.” (Percy Phelps)

Inspector Forbes

“A small, foxy man with a sharp but by no means amiable expression. He was decidedly frigid in his manner to us, especially when he heard the errand upon which we had come.” (Dr John Watson) Read More...

Commissionaire - Mr Tangey

An old soldier from the Goldstream Guards.

Mrs Tangey

Wife of the Commissionaire, Mr Tangey.

Charles Gorot

Charles Gorot who worked in the same room as Percy Phelps.

“His people are of Huguenot extraction, but as English in sympathy and tradition as you and I are.” (Percy Phelps)

Lord Holdhurst

Uncle of Percy Phelps.
Lord Holdhurst, the cabinet minister and future premier of England. Read More...

Inspector Gregson

“I think we should call at Scotland Yard for Inspector Gregson and go straight out to Beckenham.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Sophy Kratides

She was tall and graceful, with black hair, and clad in some sort of loose white gown.

Young Russian

Son of the elderly Nobleman.
“A tall young man, surprisingly handsome, with a dark, fierce face, and the limbs and chest of a Hercules. He had his hand under the other’s arm as they entered, and helped him to a chair with a tenderness which one would hardly have expected from his appearance.” (Dr Percy Trevelyan)

Old Russian Nobleman

He was an elderly man, thin, demure, and commonplace — by no means the conception one forms of a Russian nobleman.

Inspector Lanner

A smart-looking police-inspector, who was taking notes in a pocketbook.


A beautiful reddish-brown creature, thin and lithe, with the legs of a stoat, a long, thin nose, and a pair of the finest red eyes that ever I saw in an animal’s head.


One of Sherlock Holmes’ Baker Street Irregulars.

Miss Morrison

Friend and neighbour of Mrs Barclay.


Mrs Watson suggested that Jackson would stand as locum for Dr Watson while he was away in Aldershot with Sherlock Holmes.


Coachman to Colonel and Mrs Barclay and the first to enter the room where the tragedy occurred.


The Cook to Colonel and Mrs Barclay.

Jane Stewart

Housemaid to Colonel and Mrs Barclay.

Major Murphy

Second in Command of the Royal Munsters.

Annie Morrison

It is never made clear what part Annie Morrison played in this story.

Mother of William Kirwan

William Kirwan's mother.

William Kirwan

Coachman to the Cunninghams. He was a very faithful fellow we imagine that he walked up to the house with the intention of seeing that all was right there.

Mr Acton

A little elderly gentleman, who was introduced to me as the Mr. Acton whose house had been the scene of the original burglary.

Inspector Montgomery

Inspector Montgomery took Jim Browner’s statement at Shadwell Police station.

Alec Fairbairn

“He was a dashing, swaggering chap, smart and curled, who had seen half the world and could talk of what he had seen. He was good company, I won’t deny it, and he had wonderful polite ways with him for a sailor man, so that I think there must have been a time when he knew more of the poop than the forecastle.” (Jim Browner)

Mary Cushing/Browner

Wife of Jim Browner and the youngest of the three Cushing sisters.

William Derbyshire

I called upon the milliner, who had recognized Straker as an excellent customer of the name of Derbyshire, who had a very dashing wife, with a strong partiality for expensive dresses.
Alias of John Straker.

Madam Derbyshire

Wife of William Derbyshire aka John Straker.

Gipsies of Dartmoor

Two other stable lads

The two lads who slept in the chaff-cutting loft above the harness-room.

The dog in the night-time

“To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”

“The dog did nothing in the night-time.”

“That was the curious incident,” remarked Sherlock Holmes.

Ned Hunter

One of the stable lads at King’s Pyland.

Silas Brown

Trainer at the stables of Lord Backwater.


Edith Baxter

Maid to Mr and Mrs Straker.

Mrs Straker

Wife of John Straker.

Fitzroy Simpson

He was a man of excellent birth and education, who had squandered a fortune upon the turf, and who lived now by doing a little quiet and genteel book-making in the sporting clubs of London. Read More...

Mrs Toller

Housekeeper to Mr Rucastle and Mr Toller’s wife. She was a very tall and strong woman with a sour face, as silent as Mrs. Rucastle and much less amiable.

Mr Toller

Mr Toller manservant/groom to Mr Rucastle. He was a rough, uncouth man, with grizzled hair and whiskers, and a perpetual smell of drink.

Carlo the Mastiff

It was a giant dog, as large as a calf, tawny tinted, with hanging jowl, black muzzle, and huge projecting bones belonging to Mr Rucastle.

Mr Fowler

Alice Rucastles fiancée. A small bearded man in a gray suit.

Alice Rucastle

Mr Rucastle’s daughter by his first wife and now supposedly living in Philadelphia.

Mrs Rucastle

“Mrs. Rucastle seemed to me to be colourless in mind as well as in feature.”(Violet Hunter) Read More...

Edward Rucastle

“‘One child (son of Mr Rucastle and his second wife) — one dear little romper just six years old. Oh, if you could see him killing cockroaches with a slipper! Smack! smack! smack! Three gone before you could wink!” (Jephro Rucastle) Read More...

Miss Stoper

Miss Stoper managed the business of Westaways in the West End for governesses seeking new employment. Read More...

Colonel Spence Munro

Violet Hunter had been governess in his employ for five years until he removed his family to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Mr Holder's servants

Mr Holder's servants:
Groom and page slept out of the house.
Three maid servants.

Francis Prosper

Lucy Parr's sweetheart. He was the green-grocer who brought the vegetables round.

Lucy Parr

Second waiting maid who had been with Mr Holder for a few months and came with can excellent character. Read More...

An exalted name

A name which is a household word all over the earth — one of the highest, noblest, most exalted names in England, who used the Beryl Coronet as security for a £50,000 loan from Mr Holder's bank.

Francis Hay Moulton

Francis Hay Moulton. Husband of Hattie Doran.
He was a small, wiry, sunburnt man, clean-shaven, with a sharp face and alert manner.

Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard

Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard.


Confidential Maid of Hattie Doran.

Flora Millar

Flora Millar former mistress of Lord Robert St. Simon Read More...

Wedding Guests

Wedding Guests:
Duchess of Balmoral. Mother of the Bridgegroom;
Lord Backwater - Friend of the Bridegroom;
Lord Eustace and Lady Clara St. Simon (younger brother and sister of the Bridegroom;
Lady Alicia Whittington;
Mr Aloysuis Doran - Father of the Bride.

Aloysius Doran

Aloysius Doran of San Francisco father of Hatty Doran. Said to be the richest man on the Pacific slope.

Duke of Balmoral

Father of Lord Robert St. Simon.

Uncle Ned in Auckland

Mary Sutherland’s uncle in Auckland who had left her the sum of £2500 which gave her a return of 4 1/2% p.a., approximately £100 p.a.

Mary Sutherland's Mother

She married James Windibank shortly after the death of her first husband and sold his plumbing business. She was very enthusiastic concerning the relationship between her daughter and Hosmer Angel.

Westhouse and Marbank

The great claret importers of Fenchurch Street where James Windibank was employed.

Mr Hardy

Mr Hardy had been the foreman of Mr Sutherland’s plumbing business in the Tottenham Court Road which Mary Sutherland’s mother had sold for £4700 following the death of her husband and remarriage to Mr Windibank.

Plain Clothes man from the Yard

He accompanied Inspector Bradstreet, Mr Hatherley, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson on their trip to Eyford.

Inspector Bradstreet

Inspector Bradstreet of Scotland Yard.

Jeremiah Hayling

Mr Jeremiah Hayling “Lost, on the 9th inst., Mr. Jeremiah Hayling, aged twenty-six, a hydraulic engineer. Left his lodgings at ten o’clock at night, and has not been heard of since.
Previous engineer employed by Colonel Lysander Stark.

Mr Ferguson aka Dr Beecher

Mr Ferguson who was introduced as secretary and manager to Colonel Lysander Stark. He was a short thick man with a chinchilla beard growing out of the creases of his double chin.

Guard from Paddington Station

The Guard from Paddington Station who brought Mr Hatherley to see Dr Watson early one morning.


A friend of Ryder who had ‘gone to the bad’ and to whom he took the goose and where it was cut open to reveal an empty crop.

Maggie Oakshott

James Ryder's sister who fattened fowl for the market.


One of the largest stalls bore the name of Breckinridge upon it, and the proprietor a horsy-looking man, with a sharp face and trim side-whiskers was helping a boy to put up the shutters.

Mr Windigate

Mr Windigate, Landlord of the Alpha Inn near the Museum frequented by Mr Henry Baker.

Inspector Bradstreet

Inspector Bradstreet was on duty at Bow Street police station when Sherlock Holmes called to reveal the answer to the mystery.

Catherine Cusack

Maid of the Countess of Morcar and co-conspirator with James Ryder.

John Horner

Plumber called to fix a small problem in the Countess of Morcar’s room and then accused of stealing the Blue Carbuncle.

Countess of Morcar

From whom the Blue Carbuncle was stolen. It had great sentimental value for her and she offered the reward of £1000 for its return.
For a possible family history(interesting if nothing else) see also:

Peterson the Commissionaire

The Commissionaire who brought the goose and the hat to Sherlock Holmes.

Inspector Bradstreet

Inspector on duty at Bow Street Police Station where Hugh Boone was kept on remand.

Stable boy

The stable boy at the ‘Cedars’, home of Mr and Mrs St. Clair, whom Holmes woke at four in the moring to get the horse and trap out.

Inspector Barton

Inspector Barton visited the ‘Bar of Gold’ and had charge of the case and the enquiries into the disappearance of Neville St. Clair.

Mrs St. Clair

Daughter of a local Brewer in Lee and wife of Neville St. Clair.


Manager of the ‘Bar of Gold’ and a man of the vilest antecedents.
  • Lascar: A sailor from India or Southeast Asia.

Malay attendant

A member of a people inhabiting Malaysia and Indonesia.

Kate Witney

Wife of Isa Witney and old friend of Dr and Mrs Watson.

Isa Witney

Brother of late Elias Witney D.D., Principal of the Theological College of St. George's.

Dr John Watson

Sherlock Holmes related this story to Dr Watson as one of his earlier adventures before he and Watson shared rooms in Baker Street.

Captain James Calhoun

Captain James Calhoun who with the two Mates of the Bark Lone Star, murdered John Openshaw.

Police Constable Cook

Between nine and ten last night Police-Constable Cook, of the H Division, on duty near Waterloo Bridge, heard a cry for help and a splash in the water. Read More...

Major Freebody

Mr Joseph Openshaw was staying with Major Freebody when he was murdered.


A servant girl of Colonel Openshaw.

Mr Fordham

Mr Fordham was Colonel Openshaw’s lawyer from Horsham.

Joseph Openshaw

My father had a small factory at Coventry, which he enlarged at the time of the invention of bicycling. He was a patentee of the Openshaw unbreakable tire, and his business met with such success that he was able to sell it and to retire upon a handsome competence. (John Openshaw)

Dr Willows

Physician to Mr John Turner.


Coroner at the Inquest held into the death of Mr Charles McCarthy.

Lodge Keeper

Mr Turner’s Lodge Keeper who presumably was called ‘Moran’.

John Cobb

Mr Charles McCarthy’s groom.

Patience Moran

Fourteen year old girl who was the daughter of Mr Turner’s Lodge Keeper.

William Crowder

Mr John Turner’s Gamekeeper.


A Doctor acquaintance of Dr Watson who was prepared to act as locum for him and do his rounds.

Hosmer Angel

He was about five feet seven inches in height; strongly built.... Read More...

Girl of fourteen

A girl of fourteen who did a bit of simple cooking and kept Mr Jabez Wilson’s premises clean. The only other occupant of his property apart from John Clay and himself.


Landland of the building where the ‘League’ had its offices. He was an accountant living on the ground floor.

Ezekiah Hopkins

Ezekiah Hopkins a fictional character and benefactor of redheaded men. Read More...


Pablo Martín Melitón de Sarasate y Navascués (March 10, 1844 – September 20, 1908, was a Spanish violinist and composer of the Romantic period.
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Mr Merryweather

A bank director of the City and Surburban Bank. A long, thin, sad-faced man, with a very shiny hat and oppressively respectable frock-coat.

Peter Jones

Official Police Agent of Scotland Yard.

Duncan Ross

Accomplice of John Clay (aka William Morris and Archie) who professed himself to be a pensioner upon the fund of the Redheaded League.


Sherlock Holmes disguised as an out of work groom.

Nonconformist Clergyman

Disguise of Sherlock Holmes.


Clergyman who married Irene Adler and Godfrey Norton and who needed a witness because of some informality regarding their marriage licence.

Mr John Hare

Well known actor of the day.
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Mrs Watson

Dr Watson’s wife. Formerly Miss Mary Morstan (Sign of Four).

Mary Jane

Dr and Mrs Watson’s clumsy servant girl. Mrs Watson had given her notice.

Mrs Turner

Sherlock Holmes’ Landlady at this time. An oversight on ACD’s part or was Mrs Husdon on holiday?

John the Coachman

Irene Adler’s coachman whom she left to watch over Holmes while she changed into her ‘walking clothes’.

Mr Godfrey Norton

Solicitor of the Inner Temple and to become Irene Adler’s husband.

Clotilde Lothman von Saxe-Meningen

Engaged to the King of Bohemia and second daughter of the King of Scandanavia.

Scottish Maidservant

The maidservant who had been with John Hebron and Effie Munro in Atlanta .... Read More...

John Hebron

Former husband of Effie Munro. He was a lawyer who left her well provided for when he died of yellow fever in Atlanta.

Lucy Hebron

Lucy Hebron, dauther of Mrs Effie Hebron (now Munro) and John Hebron.

Mrs Hudson

Long sufferring Landlady of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.


Wandering gypsies on the estate at Stoke Moran.

Miss Honoria Westphall

The aunt of Miss Helen Stoner. Her late mother’s maiden sister, who lived near Harrow.

Percy Armitage

Percy Armitage — the second son of Mr. Armitage, of Crane Water, near Reading. Engaged to Miss Helen Stoner.

Mrs Stoner/Mrs Roylott

Mrs. Stoner, the young widow of Major-General Stoner of the Bengal Artillery. Read More...

Julia Stoner

Twin sister of Helen Stoner. Murdered by Dr Grimesby Roylott two weeks before her wedding.

Sir Ralph Musgrave

Prominent cavalier and right-hand man of Charles II in his wanderings.

King Charles I

King of England from 27th March 1625 until his execution on 30th January 1649.
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Reginald Musgrave's old Tutor

The old Tutor gave Reginald Musgrave exercises in trigonometry which included measuring the buildings and tall trees around the Manor House of Hurlstone, thus enabling him to remember the height of the elm which had been cut down.

Burley Sussex Policeman

Assisted Sherlock Holmes and Reginald Musgrave to lift the stone slab in the cellar.


Nurse who watched over Rachel Howells while she was delirious after the disappearance of Brunton.

Janet Tregellis

Daughter of head gamekeeper and Brunton's current girlfriend.

Dr Fordham

The Trevor’s physician.


Evans was the convict on the ‘Gloria Scott’ in the cell on the other side of Trevor to Jack Prendergast. Evans ultimately changed his name to Beddoes.

Sir Edward Holly

Fellow Justice of the Peace with Mr Trevor.