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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1773] (290/1262)

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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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It was ordered in 1904^ under the general scheme for British
consular guards in Persia, that a detachment of 12 sabres of Indian
Cavalry should be sent to ^Arabistan as an escort for the Vice-Consul.
This guard was despatched in due course, but it unfortunately arrived
too late to accompany Lieutenant Lorimer on the journey on which
he and Colonel Douglas were attacked by the Dirakwand.
In September 1899, the Euphrates and Tigris Steam Navigation
Company (Messrs. Lynch), whose financial difficulties in ; Arabistan have
already been mentioned, applied for the continuation for another five years
of the subsidy of £'2,000 per annum granted to them in 1894 at the joint
expense of His Majesty's Government and the Government of India.
The Government of India consented to make one more contribution,
viz., for the calender year 1900, but declined to do more, observing
in a despatch to His Majesty's Secretary of State for India : We cannot
agree to prolong the contribution beyond the year 1900, and we would
once more call Your Lordship's attention to the inequity of an arrange
ment whereby Indian revenues not only meet half the Karun subsidy,
in which Indian interests, if they can be said to exist at all, are insigni
ficant, but also bear the whole charge for the Euphrates Tigris subsidy,
in whose object the Imperial Government is at least equally, and indeed
in our opinion more vitally, concerned.
Meanwhile the report of a Royal Commission on the expenditure of
the Government of India, which had been sitting since 1897, was sub
mitted. Their conclusion in regard to the Karuu subsidy was that, if
the Government of India maintained the Baghdad-Basrah service, the
charge for the Karun service should be borne by Great Britain.
guard of the
British Vice-
Consulate in
The Euph
rates and
Tigris Steam
j s , r Irrigation projects in 'Arabistan, 1896-1905.
iwaz i
Ha, ^
[uerfj! question of the irrigation of 'Arabistan from the Karun, laid
jiiibirf as ^ e i n 1882, was reconsidered during the period now under considera-
in b# It was raised, in the first case, by proposals on the part of M. van m . van
ng f ^ 0 ggen, a Dutch engineer in the service of the Persian Government, s
i. to bring a tract of country on the left bank of the Karun at Ahwaz under 1903-1904,
cultivation by means of irrigation from the river. M. van Roggen made

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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' [‎1773] (290/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 4 December 2023]

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