Anglican priest, hagiographer, antiquarian, novelist and eclectic scholar. His bibliography consists of more than 1240 publications. He is remembered particularly as a writer of hymns, the best-known being “Onward, Christian Soldiers” and “Now the Day Is Over”. He also translated the carol “Gabriel’s Message” from the Basque language to the English.
In Laurie R. King’s Sherlock Holmes novel The Moor, it is revealed that Sabine Baring-Gould is the godfather of Sherlock Holmes.
One of his most enduringly popular works was Curious Myths of the Middle Ages. “Each of the book’s twenty-four chapters deals with a particular medieval superstition and its variants and antecedents,” writes critic Steven J. Mariconda. H. P. Lovecraft termed it “that curious body of medieval lore which the late Mr. Baring-Gould so effectively assembled in book form.”