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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2078] (595/1262)

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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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That the system was not entirely new is proved by the fact that the
local Karguzar was one of the most important prisoners taken by tlie
British at the capture of Bushehr, as already related. The duty of the
Karguzar was to watch the interests of the Persian Government in all
matters in which foreign representatives and subjects were concerned;
and in 1860 the British Resident at Bushehr was instructed by the
British Minister at Tehran to communicate in future with the Karguzar
in regard to all business which he had been accustomed to transact with
the local Governor.
In 1867-68 ; when numerous questions of the treaty rights of British
subjects were under dispute at Bush ehr, much inconvenience and delay
resulted from this restriction on direct dealings between the British Eesi-
dent and the ordinary Persian officials. Before this there had been no
Karguzar at Bushehr for four or five year^; and in 1868 strong repre
sentations on the subject were made to the Persian Government. Ihese
resulted in the appointment as Karguzar at Bushehr of Mirza Muham
mad Khan, who promised that his attitude would be conciliatory. It
does not appear that the inderdict on direct dealings between the British
Resident and the Persian Governor was formally removed, though its
removal was urged both by Her Majesty's Foreign Office and by the
Government of India; but it is clear from the later history of local
relations that it must have ceased to be regarded as absolute.
In 1873 the British Resident, Colonel E. C. Ross, was able toieport
that his relations with the Karguzar, as well as with the Prince Governor A Prince of the Royal line who also acted as Governor of a large Iranian province during the Qājār period (1794-1925).
of Bushehr, were excellent; but in 1877 he was obliged to complain^
misconduct on the part of that official, with the result that the lattei
still Mirza Muhammad Khan—was removed from Bushehr and replaced,
as a temporary measure, by one Mirza ^Abdul Karim.
In 1881 the Karguzar of Bushehr, Mirza ^Ali Akbar Khan, ^ as
placed in charge of the town as Governor, being relieved in the capacity
of Foreign Office agent, by Haji Mirza ^Abdullah Khan, his colleag u
at Bandar ''Abbas, where also the Karguzar system had by this tim^
been introduced. Mirza ^Ali Akbar Khan, having been guilty
mischievous obstruction as Governor, was complained against J
the British Minister at Tehran and did not retain the Governors p
In November 1887 the Karguzar of Bushehr, Mirza Muhanarn^
Khan, Mo ; tamad-al-Vazareh, whether the same who had held o
before does not appear, became entangled in the accounts of the custom
house and was imprisoned in his house and deprived of food f or

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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' [‎2078] (595/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 23 July 2024]

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