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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2146] (663/1262)

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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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the custom under whiehj for some years past, the Resident had been
wont to make Shiraz his summer station; and a house was provided at
Shiraz for his occupation.
British re- The question of appointing a British Political Officer to Bandar
at^andai* 011 'Abbas had been raised by Colonel Eoss, then Eesident in the Persian
'Abbas, Gulf, so far back as 1879, and had been considered anew in 1882, 1884,
1900 1905, 2885, 1888 and 1892, the proposals for the creation of an appointment
being supported, on most of these occasions, by petitions from Khojah
and Hindu British subjects engaged in trade at the port. In 1893 the
appointment as Vice-Consul at Bandar ^Abbas of a British merchant
residing there was approved by the Government of India and sanc
tioned by His Majesty^s Government, but was not proceeded
with; and in 1896 the matter was again raised, but a decision post'
At length in February 1900, in view especially of the growth of
an illicit trade in arms between Masqat and Bandar ^Abbas, Lieute
nant V. de V. Hunt, of the Indian Political Department, was deputed
provisionally to Bandar ^Abbas in the capacity of Assistant to the
Resident in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. . A Vice-Consular exequatur was
obtained from the Persian Government in his name covering the
districts of Bandar ^Abbas and Yazd, it being intended that his summer
quarters should be at the latter place. An Indian Hospital Assistant
was attached to the Vice-Consul, and the opening of a charitable dispen
sary under the management of the former was contemplated.
In June 1904 the status of the British officer at Bandar ; Abhas
was raised to that of Consul, and his consular jurisdiction was enlarged,
so as to include, besides the town of Bandar ''Abbas, the coast districts
of Shibkuh, Lingeh, Shamil, Minab, Biyaban, and Persian Makran,
and the islands belonging to Persia in the eastern part of the Gulf,
while in his capacity of Assistant to the Resident he was placed in
charge of the Ruus-al-Jibal and Shamailiyah tracts of the ^Omafl
peninsula, of the Arab islands of Tunb and Bir Musa, and of the Britist
station of Basidu on the island of Qishm ; and it was ordered that
one of the British gunboats in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. should ordinarily
be stationed within his district. The first incumbent of the appoint
ment thus remodelled was Lieutenant W. H. I. Shakespear.
A guard of one Norn Commissioned Officer and three troopers of
Indian cavalry were allotted to the Bandar ^Abbas Consulate under
the general scheme which provided military guards for all British
Consulates in Persia,

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2146] (663/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 1 March 2024]

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