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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2058] (575/1262)

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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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of the Ihtis-
Bushehr; and m 1875 he made a tour in his districts to collect the
revenue due to Government.
On the Princess resignation Bushehr was entrusted to Sartip ^Abdul
Husam Khan; but his administration was unsuccessful and of short
duration. The Sartip's place was presently taken by one Husain Quli
Khan, who at once proceeded to collect the outstanding revenue with the
help of a force of infantry and artillery; but in the summer of 1876, he
having left for Shlraz, the Government devolved on unworthy or incom
petent substitutes; and during the months of June and July crime was
nfem the town and environs of Bushehr,—a state of matters"largely due
to the presence of a considerable body of Persian troops whose pay was
m arrears. Some of the Persian soldiers, on measures being taken
against them, sought refuge under the flag staff of the Turkish
On the supersession of the Mo'tamad-ul-Mulk by the Mo'tamad-ud-
Dauleh His Royal Highness ^Awais Mirza, the Ihtisham-ud-DauIeli,
was appointed Governor of Bushehr by his father.
The Piince was much oc.upied by the affairs of other tracts, includ
ing Behbehan, for which he was responsible ; and this prevented his
devoting much personal attention to Biishehf; but it was his practice,
during his father s and his own very effective administration of Ears, to
make an annual tour of inspection through the southern districts of the
province. Early in 1877^ accompanied by a formidable body of non
local troops, he spent about two months at Bushehr, which he again
visited in February 1878. He generally maintained a Deputy Governor
in the town, at first Haji Ismail Khan and afterwards igta
Muhammad Baqir Khan, the latter of whom vacated office along
with his patron on the appointment of the Zill-us-Sultan to Pars in
In 1877 there died at Bushehr Agha Muhammad ; Ali, the Malik-ut-
Tujjar or officially recognised head merchant of the place. He was
reputed the richest private individual in Persia; and his estate, as lie had
no children, passed to his elder brother, Haji Baba, a naturalised British
Indian subject residing at Bushehr.
The customs of Bushehr were not invariably leased to the Governor of
Bushehr, and in 1878-79 they had been granted to the Nasir-ul-Mulk
of Shiraz, a brother of the elder Qavvam-ul-Mulk and the Sahib Divan,
notwithstanding that a royal prince was then Governor of the town and
its districts.

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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' [‎2058] (575/1262), 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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