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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2080] (597/1262)

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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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merchants themselves. On the arrival of a Governor the British grain
still remaining in store was transferred to him. The forced sale of
their stocks was regarded as a grievance by the two British firms
mostly affected^ Messrs. Malcolm & Co., and Haji Musa, Maimanij
who had purchased the grain in April 1870 or earlier, before the Persian
Government had announced their intention of preventing exportation;
and they were unwilling to accept payment at the rate of Qiins
per Man which was offered them by the Persian Government. Even
tually a compromise was arranged on a basis slightly more favourable
to the merchants ; and, though the latter were dissatisfied with this final
settlement also, the Government of India decided not to support their
further objections.
The famine still continuing, relief committees were organised in 1870
or 1871 at London, Calcutta, and Bombay; and in 187^ His Majesty
the Shah formed a Persian relief committee. The originators of the
relief movement in India seem to have been Khojah ^Abdul Ghani
Miyan, C.S.I., and his son Asad Ullah, of Dacca; and Hindu gentle
men also contributed liberally to the funds. A local committee was
constituted at Bushehr for the administration of the British and Indian
contributions; it consisted of some of the European gentlemen there
and was presided over by the Resident; and the money placed at its
disposal between July 1871 and February 1872 amounted to 148 ; 507
Qrans. This committee at first distributed cooked food, aud after
wards copper coin; but both of these expedients failed owing to the
greatness of the crowds that they attracted, which gave rise to
confusion and opened the door to abuses. In the end it was found
best, at Bushehr, to employ able-bodied applicants for relief in scaveng*
ing the town and making roads in the country, while for the aged and
helpless, for women, and for children infirmaries, orphanages, ^tc.,
were established. Bread was given daily to the poor at Sabzabad, the
Residents country house, where the women and children from ^e
villages mostly congregated ; and relief in cash was afforded to many
persons of respectability whom famine had reduced to poverty-
The Bushehr committee also made grants for famine expenditure at
Kazaran, Shiraz, and Isfahan. In August 1872, a good harvest having
been garnered, the relief operations practicallv ceased, a balance ^
9,713 Qrans remaining in the hands of the Bushehr committee, exclu
sive of a reserve fund for orphans of 7,260 Qrans or Rs. 3,000. I n
1873 the proceedings and accounts of the Bushehr committee were
closed, at the suggestion of the central relief committee in London.

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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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2080] (597/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 9 December 2023]

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