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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2097] (614/1262)

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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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smaller Persian ports, the customs of which, formerly collected by the
local chiefs on their own account, were now claimed by the Farmer-Gene-
ralashis. In May 1882 goods on which British merchants had already
paid export duty at Big and Ma'shur f Arabistan) were taxed a second
time at Bushehr, the previous payments to the tribal Zabits of the
places mentioned not being recognised ; but refunds of the second pay
ments were obtained. In the same month the Zabit of Dilam, while con
tinuing to realise dues of the same amount as the former export duties at
his port ; declined to grant certificates of customs liability having been
discharged ; and the result was that Dilam exports were taxed at a double
rate ; for they were assessed to export duty on shipment from Bushehr.
In April 1884 there was a fresh crop of complaints, the Zabits of minor
ports having begun, on a hint from Tehran, to recoup themselves for the
export duties which they were no longer allowed to collect by levying a
charge on the carriers of goods from their ports to Bushehr, ^—a charge
which in the end necessarily fell upon the actual exporters at Bushehr.
Receipts for duty paid at Rig and Dilam by Messrs. Muir & Co., British
grain merchants, were dishonoured on presentation at the Bushehr Cus
toms House, and the firm found themselves under the necessity of paying
a sum of about ,£70 a second time over. Extra duties were also levied at
the gates on merchandise entering Bushehr town from the interior, and for
these no receipts were granted. Mr. Thomson, the British representative
at Tehran, was successful however, after some delay, in procuring the issue
of orders that not more than 5 percent, ad valorem in all should be levied
on goods exported by Briljish merchants; these apparently reached
Bushehr in July 1884, and they were followed by a refund through the
Persian local authorities of over £120 on account of second payments
wrongfully extorted from British merchants.
Double recovery of customs duty seems to have continued to some
extent, however, until 1886 or 1887, when the Amin-us-Sultan argued
that British merchants were not entitled to make use of any ports but
Bushehr and Bandar ^ Abbas, that it was permissible to levy internal dues
on the transit of goods from one port of Persia to another, and that the
'Officials ^ at Muhammereh ('Arabistan); and Dilam, and Rig,— meaning
probably the tribal chiefs of those places — had no printed customs forms
that their manuscript certificates of payment could not be accepted
at other Persian custom houses. By April 1887 an attempt which was
^ing made to bring the customs of the ports north of Bushehr under the
administration of the Amin-us-Sultan had fallen through, and the
Knister himself informed Mr. Nicolson, the British representative at

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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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