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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2082] (599/1262)

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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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powers by which thej could legally dispose of the case, were Marwarid
to be brought before them. In the end it was decided by Her
Majesty's Government that the presence of Marwarid should be
required, with a view to an adjudication by the Eesident at Bushehr
in accordance with usage; and at the end of July 1876 a Ghulam
of the British Legation was despatched from Tehran to Kirman with
an order to the local authority to send Marwarid with his books and
vouchers to Bandar 'Abbas. In September Mr. Edwards, Second
Assistant Resident, arrived at Bandar 'Abbas, having been deputed by
Colonel Prideaux, the Acting Resident, to enquire into the case; but
Marwarid was not there, and Mr. Edwards learned, on proceeding to
Minab, that he was still at Kirman. It appeared that Marwarid
had taken refuge at the house of a Mujtahid named Haji Agha Alimad,
compelling the Governor to arrest him by a stratagem, whereupon
a mob of angry Muhammadans attacked the Hindu caravanserai A roadside inn providing accommodation for caravans (groups of travellers). and
seized one of the inmates, whom they handled somewhat roughly and
detained until Marwarid was restored to the protection of the Mujtahid.
The Governor, whom the Hindus suspected of having been bribed, then
combined with the Mujtahid to represent the danger, in the excited state
of local Muhammadan feeling, of any attempt to send Marwarid to
Bandar Aobas, and to recommend instead a pecuniary settlement on the
spot; but the Ghulam refused to listen to these proposals as being
at variance with the orders of which he was the bearer. Energetic
representations were then made by Mr. Thomson at Tehran, iu conse
quence of which Marwarid was at last, on the 20th November 1876,
sent off to Bandar 'Abbas. It transpired that the procrastination
of the Persian Government in the matter proceeded not from any
inclination to deny the rightfulness of the British demand, in regard to
which the Persian Minister for Foreign Affairs himself wrote: " Tbe
British Legation has a distinct right to force and urge upon its subjects
to do justice/ but from a desire on the part of the Shah to favoui
Mai warid as much as possible, he being a recent convert to Islam, and to
afford time for a compromise at Kirman where the Mujtahid had started
a pfublic subscription on the man's behalf.
At the beginning of January 1877 Marwarid, with some of the
Hindu witnesses against him, arrived at Bushehr; and the facts elicited
made it necessary that he should be tried on a criminal charge- Under
orders from the Government of India Colonel Prideaux, the Resident,
conducted the trial at Bushehr; and on the 25th June he sentenced the
prisoner, who pleaded guilty to criminal breach of trust, to six months

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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:

Extent and format
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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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