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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1726] (243/1262)

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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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tion against
Lynch* s
agent at
Assault by
soldiers on
tives at
Nasiri, 1895.
The Persian
Nasiri Com
pany, 1887—
and bed of the river, was invoked to prevent the removal therefrom of
natural obstacles to navigation.
In July 1893, at the height of the Shi'ah Muharram celebrations, a
fanatical demonstration was made by a crowd of 3,000 persons against
the residence of Messrs. Lynch's agent at Shushtar, whose life even
was threatened. Providentially the Persian Governor of 'Arabistan
received information of it in time to avert a catastrophe by sending an
armed force which dispersed the mob. An enquiry into the circum
stances was held by Her Britannic Majesty's Vice-Consul from
Muhammareh, and the result was to discredit certain charges against
the agent which the promoters of the riot had invented in palliation of
their conduct; indeed, a written disclaimer of all cause of complaint
against Messrs. Lynch's agent was furnished by the Persian Deputy
Governor of Shushtar.
In March 1894 the Resident in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , Colonel Wilson,
made a tour to Nasiri and Shushtar.
In November 1895, the lawless proceedings of Persian soldiers having
occasioned a fracas on board Messrs. Lynches steamer at Nasiri, the
firm's local representatives proceeded to the residence of the Deputy
Governor to lodge a complaint. Upon this the Persian Military
garrison at Nasiri, who were noted at the time as a violent and
disorderly body, rushed to arms including some of those actually on
duty at the Deputy Governor's house, and savagely assaulted the
gentlemen, causing them serious injuries. A show was made by the
Persian authorities of punishing the soldiers concerned in the affair on
the steamer ; but tbose implicated in the assault were allowed to escape
altogether, and eight months passed before compensation was paid to the
In"! 887, before the opening of the Karun navigation, it was proposed
with the countenance of the Amin-us-Sultan, the most powerful Persian
Minister of the day, to form a Persian syndicate headed by the Malik-
ut-Tujjar for the exploitation of a monopoly of trade on the Karun which
the Persian Government would grant them. The Malik-ut-Tujjar,
though a Persian, was bom in British India; he professed willingness to
admit British capital to the enterprise ; and the scheme seems to have
been welcomed by the British firm, Messrs. Gray, Paul, and Company
of Bushehr as preferable to the continued virtual closure of the river.
At the end of 1888, after the lower river had been thrown open to
general traffic, a special^ concession and monopoly were given by the Shah
* See Lieutenant A. T. Wilson's Precis of the 'Relations^ pages 91—93.

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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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