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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1724] (241/1262)

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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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mean while Messrs. Lynch offered to give a bond for payment in full
of the Persian claim in case His Majesty the Shah^ on his return from
Europe, should decide in favour of the Karguzar j but such a bond the
Karguzar refused to accept. At length a compromise was arranged at
the capital whereby vessels ascending the river in cargo were to pay
one Qran per ton register and unladen vessels half that amount, while
vessels descending were to be liable to a charge of one Qran per ton of
actual cargo only.
The question of the actual tonnage of the " Blosse Lynch" gave
rise to disagreeable discussions. The Karguzar of Muhammareh
demanded the production of the builders^ original certificate of tonnage
and Messrs. Lynch at first stated that it was in their head office in.
London, but afterwards informed the Karguzar that it was lost. A
certificate of tonnage verified by a British consular authority was then
furnished by them, but was rejected by the Karguzar until orders for
its acceptance had been obtained from the Persian Government at
It was long before the local Persian authorities could be induced
to act in accordance with the arrangement, sanctioned at Tehran early
in 1890, under which customs duty on cargo consigned to Ahwaz and
Shushtar was to be collected at those places instead of Muhammareh.
This was an important privilege, as in its absence merchandize for up
country was opened for examination at Muhammareh, which entailed
loss and damage, besides extra charges to importers. The inconvenience
of being unable to obtain direct bills of lading for Ahwaz and
Shushtar was greatly felt by merchants, and they had also to pay
transit dues on the river for goods on which they had already paid
customs duty at Muhammareh. In June 1891, for this last reason
goods for Shushtar were still generally conveyed to Shushtar by land
but, in the October following, transhipment in bond from ocean to
river steamers at Muhammareh was begun, removing the difficulties as
regards imported goods.
The Shushan 3> on the upper river though presented to the Shah;
was also the cause of considerable unpleasantness. The Persian Govern
ment objected to a proposal by Messrs. Lynch, who under agreement had
a voice in the matter, that, on account of the risks of navigation above
Ahwaz, her captain and engineer should be Europeans on salaries amount
ing to about 500 Qrans a month : these salaries were payable by the
Persian Government. It was then arranged that the vessel should be

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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' [‎1724] (241/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 8 December 2023]

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