I’m addicted to the Laurie R. King Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell mysteries, even though I’m not very familiar with the original stories. In A Monstrous Regiment of Women, Mary says something like, “If he was your son, wouldn’t you want someone to try to help him?” about a young man with a drug addiction. It’s followed by, “Of course, he had a son. And someone had tried”
I’ve done some searching, but I haven’t turned up anything canonical about Holmes having a son. If he did, with whom? How? He famously had no time for romance. Well, aside from possibly Irene Adler.
Yes. Holmes never married, and to an upright Victorian like Doyle, that meant he had no son. There is no mention of a son in any of the Doyle stories, or even a wife. And IIRC, he was never even alone with Irene Adler.
YMMV, but I don’t even think Sherlock Holmes had any romantic feelings for Irene Adler–more along the lines of respect and admiration for her cleverness. Maybe Holmes was [del]gay for Watson[/del] asexual all along.
I think Holmes came off (IMO) as asexual or possibly even somewhat closeted. While he had a deep respect for certain women the notion that he would actually have an emotional relationship with a woman is kind of far fetched within the original Holmesian fictional universe of AC Doyle.
Ah, but Arthur Conan Doyle had a son bearing the same initials, Adrian Conan Doyle. In “The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes,” there are 12 stories of cases referred to in passing in The Canon. Half of the stories in this volume are listed as by Adrian Conan Doyle and John Dickson Carr (master of the ‘locked room mystery’) and half are credited to Adrian Conan Doyle alone.
I submit they are worthy to stand alongside The Canon.
No son (or daughter) canonically, but lots of fanfic/pastiches in which Holmes has offspring, with Irene Adler or others.
Capt. Spock, in Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country, refers to Holmes (or perhaps it was Conan Doyle) as an ancestor in quoting the axiom, “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”
I really like the June Thomson pastiches, which are every bit as good as the best of Conan Doyle. Start with The Secret Files of Sherlock Holmes.
In Season 3 of *Elementary *one of Holmes’ “Irregulars” asks him to be a sperm donor. Holmes declines on the basis that his “remarkable” abilities make him extremely miserable and he didn’t want to inflict a life like that on anyone else.