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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2105] (622/1262)

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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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ial steamer for the Residents use and for other political duties became
imperative; and the "Berenice/' formerly belonging to the Indian
Nav^ appears to have been supplied, her guns being first removed.
hi a later period there was for a time,—from 1876 to 1887, —no
Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Steamer at Bushehr; but in the latter year a permanent vessel
was given, the " Lawrence/' belonging to the Royal Indian Marine.
It has been shown that Basidu came finally iunder British occu- Affairs of
pation in the autumn of 1823, evidently without the consent of the
Persian Government, who claimed full sovereignty over the whole island Basidu.
of Qishm and who had previously protested against the presence of a
British force thereon.
The Basidu station was at first a d^pot of the Indian Navy; and
the stores there were in charge, until 1833, of the purser of the ship of
the Commodore in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , an allowance of Rs., 200 a month
being paid him on this account. In 1833 the allowance was withdrawn,
and the Commodore became responsible for the stores.
The dispositions made for the defence of Basidu during the war
of 1856-57 have been described in an earlier paragraph.
In 1858 Commodore Jenkins, I.N., reported that he had divested
himself of charge of the Basidu stores and had appointed the purser
of his ship to be Store-keeper, as well as receiver and Superintendent
I of liberated slaves, from which it would appear that Basidu was at
this time a place of some importance in connection with British
measures for the extinction of the slave trade. This arrangement
did not commend itself to the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Navy;
and in 1860, on his recommendation and that of the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency.
in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , a native store agent and Store-keeper was appoint
ed at Basidu instead of a European.
In 1863 it was considered whether the Basidu station might not
be abandoned altogether or, as an alternative, whether the stores there
—chiefly coal-—might not be left without military protection, a
detachment of native infantry which was generally kept there as a
guard being withdrawn. The Resident, Colonel Pelly, pointed out
however that Basidu, though not an ideal station, possessed certain
advantages; that a coal depot was required somewhere in the Persian
Gulf; that Basidu, for physical, political and military reasons, was
# The " Lawrence " is a steel paddle steamer of 902 gross tonnage and 1,277 indicated
Wse power, with a speed of 12 knots. She has a crew of 4 officers, 2 Engineers, 3
Warrant Officers, and 80 Petty Officers and men. Her armament consists (1906) of
fttor 4-inch B. L. guns (not mounted), four ^6-pr. Nordenfelts, and four *45-inc]i five-
barrel Nordenfelts.

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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' [‎2105] (622/1262), 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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