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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2087] (604/1262)

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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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I injury as miglit befall British subjects through the arbitrary
b haviour of Persian officials; and the remonstrance was made in so
telling a fashion that the Amin-us-Sultan not only gave suitable orders
to the Governor of Bushehr, but even offered to telegraph directing him
to apologise to the Resident and dismissing the chief of customs. It was
not considered necessary, however, to accept these unsolicited amends.
In March 1889 the British merchant steamer Transition^ went
ashore on the island of Qais and much trouble was experienced from
the rapacity of the Shaikh of Charak. His Majesty's Ship " Kingfisher'-'
however rendered timely assistance^ and the vessel was refloated
In December 1891 a disturbance took place on board the British
India S. N. Co/s steamer a Kilwa^ between Bushehr and Lingeh, some
Arabs in charge of horses attacking the ship's officers. The Kilwa
fortunately overtook II. M. S. a Redbreast/' whose commander sent an
armed party on board and removed the ringleaders in the disturbance.
They were subsequently tried at Bombay and punished.
In October 189^ a British Indian subject named Mughu^ residing in
Bahrain, complained that he had been robbed by Malikis, at Naband, of
property, chiefly pearls, worth about 26,000 Qrans. Orders that redress
should be afforded were obtained from Tehran; but^ in consequence of
the obstructiveness of the local authorities, the proceedings seem to have
ended with the recovery of 3^388 Qrans' worth of pearls only—a result
deplored by Colonel Wilson, the Resident^ who considered the case to be
one of great hardship.
Stranding of
the " Transi
tion" on
Qais Island,
by Arabs on
the " Kilwa/
Robbery of
Indian at
British commercial and general interests on the Persian Coast
and Islands, 1848—1896.
In 1856 a case occurred which brought under discussion the position
of the British Resident in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. with reference to the recovery
of sums lent by British Indian subjects to Arab chiefs and others on the
Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. littotal, particularly on the Persian side.
The lender in the case specially in question was Pachabhai Tejsi, a
ay merchant; the borrower was the Shaikh of Lingeh; and the
Recovery of
a debt due by
the Shaikh
of Lingeh to
a British
Indian credit
tor, 1856-58,

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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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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' [‎2087] (604/1262), 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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