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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2098] (615/1262)

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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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Tehran, that consequently no customs would be levied ^t those ports,
an arrangement which seems to have removed every difficulty.
At Bushehr it was always the custom that foreign goods imported
paid 5 per cent, import duty on landing, after which a Jawaz (a pass) was
granted, entitling them to be conveyed to places in the interior without
further payment at internal custom houses, toll stations, etc., on the way.
At Bandar ^Abbas, before 1889, a different system prevailed. There only
8J per cent, was collected on importation, but Jawazes were not issued;
and persons carrying imported goods up-country had to meet all the road
side demands to which the ordinary traffic of the country was liable, and
which in some cases amounted to more than the balance o£ 1| percent.
The British merchants of Lingeh naturally preferred the existing system,
under which they paid only 3 J per cent, altogether ; but those of Mash-
had seem to have found it disadvantageous, and to have complained.
The maintenance of a double system at Bandar ''Abbas, for the benefit of
two classes of British traders, could not reasonably be pressed on the
Persian Government; so eventually in 1892, after discussions at Tehran,
the practice at Bandar 'Abbas was assimilated to that at Bushehr.
British statu b i n 1871 the British status of Messrs. Malcolm & Co., a business
Makolm S & having its head-quarters at Bushehr, was called in question by the
Co^^ushchr, p er sian authorities, careful examination of the history of the family by
bay find Per- which it was owned showed that, though Persian subjects, they had been
taken under British protection about 18^0; that their status as Biitish
protected persons, which the Treaty of Peace of 1857 could not be held to
have affected, had remained unchanged after the Anglo-Persian wai,
that ever since the war, as well as before it, they had paid customs duty
on the footing of foreign subjects; and that the Persian authorities had
in the past invariably treated them as under British protection. Their
title to be regarded as British protected persons was accordingly^ under
the orders of Her Majesty's Government maintained by the British
Minister in Persia; but in 1877 it was held by the Government of
that they were nevertheless not entitled, under the Merchant Shipp 1D o
Act, 1854, to own British vessels or to fly the British flag.
In 1880 the case of the Bombay and Persia S, N. Co. came
consideration. This was a Steamship Company composed of Persian
British Indian shareholders, many of the former class being residents 0
Bushehr, Tehran, Yazd, and Bombay, some of them naturalised Bntis
subjects. The Company was registered in Bombay, and its ve
were registered as British ships and carried British colours;
but its local

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2098] (615/1262), 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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