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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2107] (624/1262)

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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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There may be some obscurity as to tbe exact nature of
0f derivative title to the town o£ Bassidore, and it may have been
that we becomes ev i^ en t that our rights are subordinate to those of
that our rights over the town existed by continued usage, or
MascaC which again are, admittedly, entirely subordinate to those of
Persia, and have been always so treated up to this very hour/'
In 18T2 it was decided to transfer the Basidu coal depot to Hanjam
Island where a British telegraph station had been established ; but the
idea was abandoned on account of difficulties, noticed further on, regard
ing the ownership of Hanjam.
In 1873 the military guard at Basidu was still furnished by the
Bombay Marine The navy of the East India Company. Battalion (21st Native Insantry); the station was
under the general supervision of Assistant Surgeon 'Abdur Rahim,
Hakim, of the Indian Medical Service, who resided there ; and the only
local troubles arose from difficulties thrown by the Shaikh of Qishmin
tlie way of obtaining supplies, and from the dilapidated state of the
pier. The coal depot was still kept up, and Government vessels occa
sionally called to fill their bunkers.
In 1874, of four native appointments existing at Basidu, those of
Clerk, Slave Agent, and Munshi A term used in the Middle East, Persia and South Asia to refer to a secretary, assistant or amanuensis. Munshis were employed in the British administration in the Gulf. were abolished, a Coal Agent only
being retained.
In 1876 ill-feeling had sprung up between the inhabitants of Basidu
and those of some of the neighbouring villages, and the Shaikh of
Qishm appeared to be encouraging petty annoyances at the station ; but
these matters were arranged, after full investigation, by Colonel Ross,
the Resident, on a special visit to Qishm j and all trouble ceased. The
pier had been repaired; the buildings were in good order; the health of
the community was satisfactory; and the work of Assistant Surgeon
'Abdur Eahim, who still continued in general charge of Basidu, was
commended by the Resident.
A Basidu Coal Agent, Haji 'Abbas, was dismissed in 1877, by order
ppeail^ j of the Resident, for possessing a slave in defiance of British proclama
tions, annually published on the subject.
About the beginning of 1878, in compliance with orders from the
Government of India, Colonel Ross reported the reasons for which, in the
Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , Basidu was regarded as a British possession; these were
^solvable, practically, into the plain marks and open exercise or what
n regarded as such—of British sovereignty, against which the

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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' [‎2107] (624/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 1 December 2023]

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