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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1710] (227/1262)

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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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Britisli Vice-
building at
postal sub
sidy for
the ICartin
and British
post office
at Muham-
be appointed Vice-ConsuLalso for Muhammareh, an addition being made
to his salary^and a steam launch provided for his use; but the Govern
ment of India declined to consider any proposal involving an increased
charge on the Indian revenues. In the end Her Majesty^s Government
decided that a British Vice-Consulate was required at Muhammareh;
and on the 14th June 1890 Mr. W. McDouall, till then a clerk on the
staff of the Indo-European Telegraph Department in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. ,
who had a good knowledge of Persian and a sufficient knowledge of
Arabic, was appointed to the new post. He was placed under the
superintendence of the British Resident at Bushehr, whose commission
as Consul-General was at the same time modified so as to include
'Arabistan. The Vice-Consul's legal jurisdiction was to be exercised,
however, under the Persia Order in Council A regulation issued by the sovereign of the United Kingdom on the advice of the Privy Council. , 1889, not under that of the
same year applying to the Persian Coast and Islands.
There was at first|some difficulty in regard to the provision of a
suitable Vice-Consulate building at Muhammareh; but ultimately
Shaikh Miz'al undertook, by an agreement signed in 1891^ to erect a
house in accordance with plans furnished by Mr. McDouall, and to lease
it to him on certain conditions. On the 26th July 1892, about the
time that the building was finished and occupied, a regular lease for ten
years was executed;; ^but the Shaikh's copy of this later document mav
have been lost, for his successor Shaikh Khaz'al always refers to the
construction agreement of 1891 as the paper governing the tenancy.
This agreement, regarded as authoritative by the Shaikh, is more
favourable to the interests of the British Government, as containing no
time limit, than the subsequent lease.
In 1889 Messrs. Lynch Brothers, who had recently inaugurated
British Steam Navigation on the Karun, applied to the British Govern-
ment for a postal subsidy on the ground that their service on the
Karun was being maintained at a loss, and that they alreadv carried
300 to 400 postal covers and parcels on every voyage. The Government
oflnia, on being consulted by Her Majesty's Government, expressed
unwillingness to grant a postal subsidy to an enterprise that did not
benefit the Indian Post Office, hut signified that they were prepared to
contribute a sum not exceeding £1,000 a year, for five years, if the
maintenance of the service was considered desirable for political reasons
by Her Majesty s Government. Eventually it was arranged to make
Messrs. Lynch an aHowance of £3,000 a y earfor two veara , apparently
# ^eutenant A. T. "

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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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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