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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2177] (694/1262)

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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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academic question whether K6liak was independent or a possession of
p e rsia. Kohak was occupied by Persian Troops in 1874.
In the letter proposing for the Shah's acceptance the line recom
mended by General Goldsmid^ the British Minister in Persia had sug
gested; in the following terms, the appointment of a Subsidiary Com
mission for the actual delimitation of the frontier :—-
The undersigned proposes, with the concurrence of the Persian Government, that,
for purposes of future reference and identification, he shall obtain the services of an
experienced English Officer of Engineers, who may meet an Officer duly appointed by
the Government of Persia, and an officer from the Khelat State, so as to l\j down
the more prominent landmarks and features of the actual line agreeably to the above
description, and make a careful survey thereof for record. This sabsidinry Commission
gliould meet as early as practicable in Gwuttur Bay, and proceed upwards from the
boundary terminus between the rivers Baho and Dusht to Jalk or the neighbourhood,
submitting the result of their work in the form of a map to the Representative of Her
Britannic Majesty's Government and the Persian Government at Teheran.
The Persian Government having agreed to this suggestion, Captain
O.St. John, E.E., Acting Director of the Anglo-Persian Telegraphs,
who would have accompanied General Goldsmid as his technical
assistant in 1870 if his services could have been spared, was appointed
to cany out the work of delimitation on the part of the British Govern
ment. The Persian representative was a youth named Mirza Ashraf
AH, dubbed "Sarhang for the occasion, who possessed a fair know
ledge of map and plan drawing, but was content to copy and adopt the
results of Captain St. John^s survey. The representative of Klata
failed to appear. Captain St. John started from Gwadar on the 22nd
January and reached Jalk on the 13th March 1872. His proceedings
mostly lay beyond the region with which this book is concerned; but
his description of Ibrahim Khan of Bampur, who now possessed the
title of Sartip may be quoted :
The redoubtable ruler of Bam-Narmashir and Baluchistan is a short punchy man,
of any age from forty-five to sixty, with a full and well-dyed beard, and small sharp
e ye. He speaks Persian with the broad southern twang, and uses provincialisms not
very easy to understand by any accustomed only to the conversation of educated
foen. My experience in out-of-the-way parts of Fars, however, enabled me to get on
him pretty well, but our conversation was confined to generalities, and the
examination of fire-arms. To our breechloaders he made the usual objection of the
difficulty of obtaining cartridges. There seemed nothing in his talk or in his face to
indicate the really superior man he must be, not only as having risen to his present
position by sheer merit, unaided by money or interest, but as ha- ing reduced one of
6 most turbulent countries in Asia to a state of order and tranquillity, comparing
not only with most of his own country but with many native states further

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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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2177] (694/1262), 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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