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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1770] (287/1262)

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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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them, of whicli half was to be contributed by His Majesty's Govern^
ment and half by the Government of India.
A British representative had for the first time been posted to Nasiri
(Ahwaz) at the beginning of 1904 in the person of Lieutenant D. L. R.
Lorimer of the Indian Political Department; and the most immediate
and principal duty of this officer was to ascertain the measures required
for carrying the Tehran-Ahwaz road through Liuristan, and for assuring
its safety in that section. He had orders to report on the feasibility of
raising a corps of local road-guards, capable of being expanded into a
tribal militia for political purposes. Lieutenant Lorimer travelled
safely from Ahwaz to Khurramabad and back again in the spring of
1904, under tribal protection, and submitted a preliminary report; he
had been well received by the tribes; and the prospects of success at
this time appeared favourable. In autumn of the same year he again
made his way without mishap to Khurramabad, where he met Colonel
Douglas, the British Military Attache at Tehran; but on the 25tli
October 1904, in marching from Khurramabad to Dizful, the two officers
were treacherously attacked by their own escort of Dirakwand Lurs,
were both severely wounded besides being robbed of all their property,
and barely escaped with their lives to Burujird, where they received
medical attention.
A substantial indemnity for this outrage was demanded on their
behalf by His Majesty^s Government, and the Persian Government
declared their intention of organising a punitive expedition againsc the
Dirakwand, but took no effective action. In July 1905, with the help of
certain chiefs of the Sagward Lurs, the Persian authorities enticed some
of the men concerned in the attack into Khurramabad by promises of
honours and gifts, arrested them and sent them to Kirmanshah, where
they were imprisoned.
The Bakhtiayari Khans expressed great concern at the outrage and
offered to undertake, on terms which they specified, the punishment of
the offenders, and even the pacification of the Lur country ; but their
offers, which were not entertained, probably outran their powers of per
On return to his post from leave, before the end of 1905, Captain
Lorimer was able to resume negotiations with the Sagwand, but not
with the Dirakwand Lurs.

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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' [‎1770] (287/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 6 December 2023]

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