This page contains some of the hundreds of articles written by Baring-Gould. They are grouped by theme, and they have generally been scanned and converted to text in the course of some project or other. The selection will, I hope, continue to grow as time goes on.
Personal Experiences of the Occult. This fascinating article is among the proofs in his manuscripts though there is no record of it having been published. The article sets out BaringGould’s views on supernatural phenomena. For a discussion of the way in which he balanced his interest in myth and the supernatural with his beliefs see Martin Graebe’ book, As I Walked Out, p. 55-60.
On Folk Song
Folk Songs and Melodies of the West, from ‘Western Antiquary’, Vol. 8, (December 1888), p. 105-106. This was the first report by Baring-Gould on his project to collect folk songs, which was then only a few months old. he tells us that, to this point he had collected ninety songs. He also sets out his intentions in respect of the collection, firstly to publish them and, secondly, to give an unedited copy of his manuscripts to the Exeter Institution and to the Plymouth Library.
The Collection of Folk Airs, from ‘The Queen: The Ladies paper’, Dec 1st 1894. This article is interesting because it is an early record of activity by female folk song collectors and of the call by Baring-Gould for more women to go out looking for folk songs, particularly from women.
Daniel Jacobs, is a story by Baring-Gould in his book Dartmoor Idylls. Though fictional, it is based on Peter Isaacs, an itinerant harness maker and fiddler that Baring-Gould met in South Devon.
Colour in Composition, from: On the Art of Writing Fiction, (Ed. L.T. Meade), London: Wells Gardner Darton and Co. (1894), p. 35 – 46. This is a rare example of Baring-Gould talking about his writing, and particularly about the way in which he uses colour as part of his description in novels.
The Cheshire Salt Industry
Baring-Gould visited Cheshire to get background for his novel The Queen of Love (1894). The novel itself demonstrates that he had a good grasp of the technicalities of the salt industry, within which the novel played itself out. There are three articles about the industry which are attributed to Baring-Gould, though only one actually carries his name. One ‘The Cheshire Salt Region’ has previously been included in the 2011 SBGAS Transactions, though I have also included it here for the sake of completeness. The articles are:
Among the ‘Wiches’ (Unattributed), Cornhill Magazine, 2nd Series, Vol. 19, Sept. 1892, p. 256 – 265
Salt Manufacture in the Weaver (Unattributed), Chambers’s Journal, Dec 3, 1892, 5th Series, Vol. 9. p. 774 – 777
The Cheshire Salt Region (Sabine Baring-Gould), Good Words, Vol. 34, Jan 1893, p. 59 – 63