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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1723] (240/1262)

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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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any sort for storing cargo; and there the most elementary facilities for
^ loading and unloading goods were denied them.
The employes of Messrs. Lynch at Nasiri and Shushtar were at
\ first subjected to every kind of harassment and vexation. Aspersions
,rSl were made on the moral character of Mr. J. C. Gaskin, their Nasiri
i agents the chief foundation of which was that he sometimes wore
^ native costume; and, when he wished to engage a private servant in
!m , addition to a Christian cook that he had brought with him, the Persian
^ authorities insisted on appointing the man themselves, employed him
/. on their own business also, and mulcted him of part of his salary. The
result of these tactics was that Mr. Gaskin could not keep a local man
in his service ,* and the only pretext of the Persian officials for their
interference was the article in the Regulations (No. 15) which provided
that porters for working the cargo of vessels must be supplied by the
Persian Government. The Karguzar even went so far as to protest
against Mr. Gaskin's employment at Nasiri at all, on the ground of
his being a European; even the Regulations affording no warrant for
an objection of such a nature, he subsequently fell back upon the article
{No. referring to persons whose presence was detrimental to order.*"
Mr. Gaskin was firmly sustained by his employers, who felt that to
remove him would be to lower British prestige and to encourage the
Persians in obstructive action; his character was vindicated by Colonel
Ross, the Resident in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. ; no notice was taken by the
, Nizam-us-Saltaneh, the Persian Governor of ^Arabistan, of the charges
16 . j. a gainst him ,• and after a time the trouble subsided,
us mdivp
found if Messrs. Lynches first representative at Shushtar found difficulty in the
nwithact 1 in supplying himself with the commonest necessities of life,
h mercW even (irinkin g wat e r i aild a boycott of British trade, as well as an
)tiationsci mterdict on personal intercourse with the agent, seemed at this centre to
the Dieafl ^ ave ^ een ^ ec l are ^- By 1890, however, the position of both agents had
trentoii ^ rea % ^proved, and it was reported that the good relations which they
non-ex^ ^ slIcc ee^ed in establishing with their surroundings were equally
mi t w
^11 creditable to themselves and advantageous to the business.
account A dispute early arose as to the meaning of the article in the Regula-
♦entatfe tl0 ^ s 14) referring to tonnage dues, the Karguzar at Muhammareh
Lt AtSti claiming one Qran per ton of a vessel's registered tonnage for each
premie j o ™ey up or down the river, while Messrs. Lynch contended that
this charge should cover the round voyage from Muhammareh to
ages 80 back. It was decided to refer the point to Tehran; and

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1723] (240/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 9 December 2023]

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