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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1767] (284/1262)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (1165 pages). It was created in 1915. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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extremely favourable, and that if only the embargo on wheat were
removed the prosperity of the district should rapidly increase. The
summer of 1900 was signalised, however, by a particularly vexatious
During the earlier years of the period at least, the operations of the
Euphrates and Tigris Steam Navigation Company were carried on at a
loss, in spite of a subsidy paid them by the British and Indian Govern
ments, to which reference will be made further on. Leaving the subsidy
out of account, the deficit on their ordinary business in 'Arabistan
amounted (by their own statement) to £35,460 for ten years from 1890
to 1899 inclusive, besides which they were unable to obtain payment
from the Persian Treasury of £4,,623, the amount of loss incurred by
them in working the " Shushan " for the Shah from the beginning of
1891 to the end of 1898. Altogether they calnlated their net losses in
'Arabistan from the 1st January 1890 to the 31st December 1899, after
deducting: the amount of the subsidy, at * £31,447.
On the upper river between Ahwaz and Shalaili the Nasiri Com
pany, in other words the Mu'in-ut-Tujjar, still continued in 1905 to run
a steamer and declined, when approached, to transfer their rights to
the British Company or to enter into partnership, unless on un-
acceptable terms.
The Persian Government also continued to be obstructive, and it was
only at the end of 1905 that permission was with difficulty obtained to
remove some supposed rocks, which proved to be masonry, Jrom the
bed of the lower Karun at Kut ^Abdullah ; the construction of sheds
for cargo at Shalaili was not allowed ; and the Euphrates and Tigris
Steam Navigation Company could not obtain a concession, for which
they applied, to lay a tramway between Shalaili and Shustar.
In 1905, however, Messrs. Lynch were able to secure an extension
for six years from 1907 of a lease which they had obtained from the
Persian G-overnment of suitable business premises at Muhammareh.
known as the Bandar Sahib-Qraniyeh.
On assuming charge of the Customs of ''Arabistan in September
1902, the Imperial administration closed the river Customs houses at
Nasiri and Shushtar, and insisted that all duty on upward and downward
♦This sum, however, included over £7,000 sunk in the BakhtiyS-ri Road {vide post),
a profitable investment; and Messrs. Lynch gave no indication of the results of their
general trade, to which the navigation of the Euphrates and Tigris Steam Navigation
Company , controlled by them, was subservient.
of the Kartin,
abolition of
the Customs
houses at
Nasiri and

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This volume is Volume I, Part II (Historical) of the Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , ’Omān and Central Arabia (Government of India: 1915), compiled by John Gordon Lorimer and completed for press by Captain L Birdwood.

Part II contains an 'Introduction' (pages i-iii) written by Birdwood in Simla, dated 10 October 1914, 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Tables' (pags v-viii), and 'Detailed Table of Contents' (ix-cxxx). These are also found in Volume I, Part IA of the Gazetteer (IOR/L/PS/20/C91/1).

Part II consists of three chapters:

  • 'Chapter X. History of ’Arabistān' (pages 1625-1775);
  • 'Chapter XI. History of the Persian Coast and Islands' (pages 1776-2149);
  • 'Chapter XII. History of Persian Makrān' (pages 2150-2203).

The chapters are followed by nineteen appendices:

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1 volume (1165 pages)

Volume I, Part II is arranged into chapters that are sub-divided into numbered periods covering, for example, the reign of a ruler or regime of a Viceroy, or are arbitrarily based on outstanding land-marks in the history of the region. Each period has been sub-divided into subject headings, each of which has been lettered. The appendices are sub-divided into lettered subject headings and also contain numbered annexures, as well as charts. Both the chapters and appendices have further subject headings that appear in the right and left margins of the page. Footnotes appear occasionally througout the volume at the bottom of the page which provide further details and references. A 'Detailed Table of Contents' for Part II and the Appendices is on pages cii-cxxx.

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The foliation sequence is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. It begins on the first folio with text, on number 879, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 1503.

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