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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2193] (710/1262)

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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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Mutual raids by the brothers kept Dashtyari in a constant turmoil, and
even the interests of British subjects were affected. In 1902 Sa ; id
Khan, baving been appointed by the Persian Governor of Banxpur to be
ruler over Dashtyari; nominated Mahmud Khan as his deputy on the
g pot Mahmud Khan greatly abused the power thus entrusted to
him; he destroyed the property of his brother Mir "'Abdi Khan^ who
was forced to take refuge at Chahbar, he committed various murders by
w ay of enforcing respect for his authority^ and he behaved generally in
gu ch a manner that Dashtyari was quickly forsaken by most of its
inhabitants. In 1904 an accommodation was reached between the
brothers, who became virtually joint chiefs, and the state of the district
then greatly improved.
It was reported, with reference to the year 1905, that the annual
revenue of Pashtyari was about Rs. 10,000 and was paid to the Persian
Government through the chief of Gaih; also that Mir ^Abdi and Mir
Mahmud, of whom the former had gone on pilgrimage, were both
much more popular with their subjects than the chiefs of the adjoining
districts with theirs.
Bahu was ruled in 1899 by Mir Ashraf Khan, a son of the former
chief Mir Muhammad ^Ali, who was by this time dead. In 1902, the
chief of Gaih was invested with charge of Bahu as well as of Dashtyari
and selected as his local deputy, Mir Ashraf having proved a weak
ruler, a cousin of the latter named Mir Ahmad Khan. This individual
obtained his appointment on the understanding that he should pay Sa^id
Khan Rs. 3,000 on account of arrears, and that the annual revenue of
the district should be increased by Bs. 1,500; but, though he treated
Ms people with the greatest harshness, he was unable to fulfil his
contract. After this Bahu was governed by Mir Ashraf and Mir
Ahmad jointly and was reduced by misrule, aided by scarcity, from a
prosperous district to a poverty-stricken and almost uninhabited waste.
Many of the inhabitants emigrated to India, settling for the most part
at Karachi. In 1903 two thriving communities, one of Maids on the
coast and another of Lattis in the interior, were driven out of Bahu, of
which they had been the financial mainstay. After being plundered at
^watar, the Maids, who were fishermen, removed to Jiwnri; but Mir
Ahmad Khan, having obtained the connivance of the Nazim of Makran,
pursued them thither with his exactions, obliging them to seek an
as yluna at Gwadar. The Lattis, who were cattle owners and cultivators,
^und it necessary to emigrate to Palairi in the Gwadar district, where
* of them settled.

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2193] (710/1262), 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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