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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2160] (677/1262)

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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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Gwadar and On fche completion of the line up to Gwadar, IbraliTm Khan wrote to
claimed by ^^li of that place and to Mr. Walton^ the British Telegraph Supers-
Persia, 1863. intendent there ; but ; while " speaking of Mekran and Baluchistan in
most vague terms/ ; he seemed " to confine his threats to the carrying of
the Telegraph beyond Gwadur/''
On the proceedings of Ibrahim Khan being brought to their notice,
the Persian Government repudiated his action, and undertook that orders
should be sent him not to interfere with the telegraph operations, unless
under instructions from themselves. But they claimed Gwadar and
Chahbar as Persian possessions, and they requested an assurance that the
passage of the telegraph line through either place would not be held to
prejudice the right of Persia to it. In reply it seems to have been
pointed out that Persia had not, for generations past, professed or
exercised any rights to the eastward of Gwadar, and that it was
intended to continue the telegraph beyond that point by submarine
cable, not by a land line.
In October 1863 the Persian Ministry asked for information in
regard to a statement, which they said was current, that the Sultan of
^Oman was about to lease Gwadar and Chahbar to the British Govern
ment ; and protested by anticipation against any such transaction,
alleging, absolutely without foundation, that both places were included
in the lease by Persia of Bandar ^Abbas and its dependencies to the
Proceedings with reference to the telegraph in Makran,
At the end of 1863 Colonel Goldsmid was ordered by the Govern
ment of Bombay to prepare a a detailed statement, for communication to
Her Majesty ^s Minister at Tehran through the Secretary of State for
India, showing, according to the best information available, how far the
claims of Persia, Kelat, or Maskat, or any other State to any sovereign
right in any town or district in Mekran are founded on Treaty, or
possession, or acknowledgment by the local rulers" Accordingly
Colonel Goldsmid submitted a report in which he remarked with refer
ence to Persia, " as to her right, I know of none but of the strong oyer
the weak, of the prestige of a high-sounding monarchy over the obscurity
of a small Chiefdombut at the same time he thought that, generally
speaking, "her claim to possession was fully equal to that of any Govern
ment stronger than that of the petty Chiefs themselves whom she
report on
rights in

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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' [‎2160] (677/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 21 July 2024]

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