Police Detective Inspectors, Detectives and Agents appearing in the Sherlock Holmes series

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This is a list of police (Scotland Yard, London) detective inspectors appearing in the Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Inspector Lestrade, G. (Also featured in a series by M.J. Trow as Sholto Lestrade) Inspector Lestrade is a Scotland Yard detective appearing in several of the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle used the name (originally pronounced in the French way: l'estrade "less-TRAHD") of an acquaintance from his days at the University of Edinburgh, a St.Lucian whom Doyle disliked.[citation needed] In The Cardboard Box, his first initial is revealed to be G. It is observed by Holmes in A Study in Scarlet that Lestrade and another detective, Tobias Gregson, have an ongoing rivalry. In The Hound of the Baskervilles, Holmes comments to Dr. Watson that Lestrade "is the best of the professionals, I think," meaning the professional detectives employed by Scotland Yard as opposed to himself. Lestrade is frequently exasperated by Holmes's unconventional methods. "I am a practical man," he says in The Boscombe Valley Mystery. However, in time he does come to appreciate and respect the unofficial detective's record of success. "We're not jealous of you down at Scotland Yard," he says in The Six Napoleons. "No, sir, we are damned proud of you." Watson notes in passing that this little comment is one of the few instances where Holmes is visibly moved.

Inspector Hopkins, Stanley Inspector Stanley Hopkins is a Scotland Yard detective in the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He is a student of Holmes's deductive methods, and attempts to apply them in his own investigations. Holmes, however, is very critical of Hopkins's ability to apply them well. Hopkins refers several cases to Holmes, including The Adventure of the Abbey Grange, The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez and The Adventure of Black Peter. He is a young inspector, and Holmes "has high hopes for his career". See also Inspector Lestrade and the List of Sherlock Holmes Inspectors. Marion Prince, in an article entitled "Sherlock and Son", puts forth the hypothesis that Stanley Hopkins (SH) is a son of Sherlock Holmes (SH). Reference: The Annotated Sherlock Holmes, William S. Baring-Gould, Vol II, p 296

Inspector Gregson, Tobias Tobias Gregson, a Scotland Yard inspector, is a fictional character who has appeared in a number of the Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. He was first introduced in A Study in Scarlet; his other appearances include The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge and The Adventure of the Red Circle. Holmes declares him to be "the smartest of the Scotland Yarders," but given Holmes' opinion of the Scotland Yard detectives, this is not sweeping praise. In one of the stories Watson specifically mentions the callous and cool way in which Gregson moved. His rival in crimefighting at Scotland Yard is Inspector G. Lestrade.

Inspector BradstreetInspector Bradstreet is a fictional Scotland Yard detective from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series. He appears in three short stories: The Man With the Twisted Lip, The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle and The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb. Sir Arthur described him as "a tall, stout official ... in a peaked cap and frogged jacket." Sidney Paget's illustrations for the Strand Magazine depicts him with a full beard. Beyond this nothing is revealed about him in the canon. Bradstreet appears three times in Granada Television's Sherlock Holmes series: The Man With the Twisted Lip, The Bruce Partington Plans (substituting for Inpsector Lestrade as Colin Jeavons was unavailable), and a cameo appearance in The Mazarin Stone. Each time he was played by Dennis Lill. He's also featured in M.J. Trow's The Adventures of Inspector Lestrade series.

Inspector Athelney-Jones

Inspector MacDonald

Inspector Youghal

Inspector Baynes Inspector Baynes of the Surrey force is a fictional character appearing in a short story with Sherlock Holmes (the famous detective) as the hero. The story is a two-part series The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge , named (i) The singular experience of Mr. John Scott Eccles, and (ii) The Tiger of San Pedro. Inspector Baynes is the only uniformed police officer to have matched Sherlock Holmes in investigative skills. In this story, the reader finds that even though both these people work in different lines, finally both of them are there when the dreaded criminal is caught. Baynes used a method similar to one that Holmes often used when he arrested the wrong man and gave inaccurate information to the press in order to lull the true criminal into a false sense of security. Holmes congratulated this Inspector, and believed that he would have many more chances in Scotland Yard.



Detective Stories
Inspector Algar, ?my friend of the Liverpool force.? "The Cardboard Box"
Inspector Bradstreet of Scotland Yard "The Man with the Twisted Lip", "The Blue Carbuncle", and "The Engineer?s Thumb"
Inspector Bardle of the Sussex Constabulary "The Lion?s Mane"
Mr. Barker, a private detective "The Retired Colourman"
Inspector Barton of Scotland Yard "The Man with the Twisted Lip"
Inspector Baynes of the Surrey Constabulary "Wisteria Lodge"
Inspector Sam Brown of Scotland Yard The Sign of the Four
Monsieur Dubugue of the Paris police "The Naval Treaty"
Dupin, Edgar Allan Poe?s detective A Study in Scarlet and "The Cardboard Box"
Birdy Edwards, aka John Douglas, of Pinkerton?s American Agency The Valley of Fear
Inspector Forbes of Scotland Yard "The Naval Treaty"
Inspector Forrester of Scotland Yard "The Reigate Squires"
Inspector Gregory of Scotland Yard "Silver Blaze"
Inspector Tobias Gregson of Scotland Yard A Study in Scarlet, "The Greek Interpreter", "Wisteria Lodge", and "The Red Circle"
Inspector Hill of Scotland Yard "The Six Napoleons"
Inspector Stanley Hopkins of Scotland Yard Black Peter

"The Golden Pince-Nez", "The Missing Three Quarter", and "The Abby Grange"

Inspector Althelney Jones of Scotland Yard The Sign of the Four
Inspector Peter Jones of Scotland Yard "The Red Headed League"
Inspector Lanner of Scotland Yard "The Resident Patient"
Inspector G. Lestrade of Scotland Yard A Study in Scarlet, The Hound of the Baskervilles, "The Boscombe Valley Mystery", "The Noble Bachelor", "The Empty House", "The Norwood Builder", "Charles Augustus Milverton", "The Six Napoleons", "The Second Stain", "The Cardboard Box", "The Bruce-Partington Plans", "The Disappearance of Lady Francis Carfax", and "The Three Garridebs"
LeBrun, the French agent "The Illustrious Client"
Lecoq, Emile Gaboriau?s detective A Study in Scarlet
Wilson Hargreave of the New York Police Bureau "The Dancing Men"
Mr. Leverton of Pinkerton?s American Agency "The Red Circle"
Inspector Alec MacDonald of Scotland Yard The Valley of Fear
Inspector MacKinnon of Scotland Yard "The Retired Colourman"
Inspector Martin of the Norfolk Constabulary "The Dancing Men"
Inspector White Mason of Scotland Yard "The Valley of Fear"
Inspector Merivale of Scotland Yard "Shocombe Old Place"
Inspector Montgomery of Scotland Yard "The Cardboard Box"
Inspector Morton of Scotland Yard "The Dying Detective"
Inspector Patterson of Scotland Yard "The Final Problem"
Fransois le Villard of the French Detective Service The Sign of the Four
Fritz Von Waldbaum, the well-known specialist of Dantzig "The Naval Treaty"
Inspector Youghal of Scotland Yard "The Mazarin Stone"



Agent Stories
The Baker Street Irregulars (BSI), aka The Baker Street division of the detective police force, or street arabs. A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, and "The Crooked Man"
Billy, a page at Holmes? rooms Valley of Fear, "The Mazarin Stone", and "Thor Bridge"
Cartwright, ?the little chap at the express office.? The Hound of the Baskervilles
Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock?s brother, aka The British Government. "The Greek Interpreter", "The Final Problem", "The Empty House", and "The Bruce-Partington Plans"
Shinwell Johnson, aka ?Porky? Johnson, he acted as Holmes? ?agent in the huge criminal underworld of London...? "The Illustrious Client"
Lomax, sublibrarian of the London Library and Watson?s friend. "The Illustrious Client"
Martha, employed as housekeeper by Von Bork, but Holmes? agent. "His Last Bow"
Mercer, ?He is my general utility man who looks up routine business.? "The Creeping Man"
Peterson, a London comissionare "The Blue Carbuncle"
Langdale Pike, a ?human book of reference upon all matters of social scandal.? "The Three Gabbles"
Pompey, a draghound "The Missing Three Quarter"
Fred Porlock, an anonymous source of information from within Moriarty?s gang. The Valley of Fear
Sherman, taxidermist and owner of Toby. The Sign of the Four
Simpson, BSI "The Crooked Man"
Toby, a dog, owned by Sherman, with a remarkable talent for tracking. The Sign of the Four
Wiggens, (BSI) A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four

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