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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2423] (940/1262)

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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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i and 50 minutes on the Indo-Enropean Department lines between Karachi
and Tehran.
The Anglo-Persian Convention of 1865^ which expired on the 12th
of August 187^ was prolonged for a period of three months by an
Agreement executed on the 19th of June 1872 ; and^ on the expiration
of the extended period^ it was replaced by a new Convention, dated 2nd
December 1872. Major Champain^ now Director-in-Chiefs assisted in
the negotiations at Tehran, whither he had proceeded for the purpose.
Among other matters the new Convention provided for the erection
by the British Government of a third wire between Tehran and Bushehr;
and it was arranged that, after the completion of this wire^ the first wire,
set up in 1864, should be reserved for local use and be worked by
employes of the Persian Government occupying rooms provided by the
Persian Government and separate from the rooms used by the staff of the
British Department. In accordance with the recommendations of
Major Champain, who had personally visited Persia in 1870-71 to
satisfy himself of the necessity for a change, iron standards were to be
*substituted between Tehran and Bushehr for the existing wooden posts.
As regards receipts from the Indo-European through traffic, it was
agreed that the Persian Government should receive either a fixed subsidy
of 12,000 Tumans per annum or a royalty of two francs per 20 words,
the remainder of the. profits being shared by the Indo-European
Telegraph Department and the Company of the same name in such
manner as they might arrange between themselves. In respect of
receipts from messages originating or terminating in Persia a different
mode of distribution was arranged.
The maintenance of the line, in which were included repairs and the
appointment, control and payment of line guards, was to remain in the
hands of the British Director; but the Persian Government were to pay
1^000 Tumans a year as a contribution under this head, and in case of
wilful damage the cost of the repairs was to be defrayed by the Persian
Government. The debt of the Persian to the British Government on
account of telegraph construction and services, which now amounted to
£47,217, was to be undertaken by the Indo-European Telegraph
Company and discharged by them in 24) equal instalments.
The new Convention should apply primarily to the Tehran-Bushehr
line; but, in event of the British Director desiring at any time to resume
charge of the Tehran-Khanaqin line, it should apply equally to the same,
the questions of tariff and method of account upon that section remain
ing however a matter for special arrangement. The Convention itself
was to hold good until the 1st of January 1895, when it was to cease,
and the whole of the wires were then to be made over absolutely to
the Persian Government.
On the 3rd of July 1887, by virtue of an Agreement, the term of
the Convention of 1872 was prolonged to the 31st of January 1905. On
the 7th January 1902^ a further extension to the 31st January 1925 was
# The Persian Government undertook to pay 10,000 Tumans in ten annual instal-
toents for the new iron poBts. This item was included in the amount finally paid off
by the Indo-European Telegraph Company—see below in the text.
2iid Decem
ber 1872.

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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' [‎2423] (940/1262), 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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