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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2108] (625/1262)

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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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ments for tte
occupation of
Han jam as a
and its reten
tion as such
till 1880.
Persian Government had never made any protest. There were buildings,
a good stone pier, a coal d^pot, and water tanks; a military guard was
maintained, though scarcely now required for protection; and the plain
Union Jack was constantly flown, not to mark the presence of a political
representative—for there was none, but as a sign of occupation in full
right. The Persians and Arabs of the adjoining country, no less than the
British political officers in the Gulf, had been accustomed to regard Basidu
as British soil. Colonel Eoss considered that the station was, for the
time being, of little actual use; but he held that, for the simple reason
that the place was under the British flag, its retention was
until a more useful equivalent, also under the flag, should
obtained elsewhere.
In 1878, with a view to more frequent relief of the Indian military
guards at Baghdad, Bushehr. etc., a full company of the 21st Native
Infantry seems to have been posted at Basidu ; but in 1879, the health
of this detachment having suffered severely from the climate, the garrison
was reduced to a Havaldar Custodian; police sergeant; jail or prison guard. ^s guard, the remainder, namely a Native
Officer, 7 non-commissioned officers^ and 62 sepoys Term used in English to refer to an Indian infantryman. Carries some derogatory connotations as sometimes used as a means of othering and emphasising race, colour, origins, or rank. , being transferred to
J ashk.
In 1880 the project of a removal from Basidu to Han jam was
revived, but was again relinquished in consequence of the abandonment
of Hanjam. as a British telegraph station.
In 1883, Basidu being haunted by malarial fever, the military
guard was removed altogether ; Assistant Surgeon Abdur Rahim, Khan
Bahadur, who had held charge of it for 14 years, received promotion
elsewhere; and the Coal Agent remained in sole possession.
For reasons which are described in the appendix on the Telegraphs of
the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , it was proposed in 1865 to establish a British telegraph
cable station on the island of Hanjam; and in 1866 the question came
under consideration in its political aspect. A change of ruler at Masqat
in the beginning of the latter year, involving the termination of the
lease of Bandar ^Abbas and its dependencies by Persia to the Sultan of
^Oman, but not without a possibility of its being renewed, increased the
complexity of the situation ; for it was assumed at the outset, by the
superior British authorities concerned, that Hanjam was one of
dependencies of Bandar 'Abbas. W hat was at first proposed was, appai-
ently, to obtain Hanjam island in exchange for Basidu and upon the
same terms, thus concentrating the British establishments at the mou^
of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. in one place under the British flag; and Sir C. Ah^
the British representative at Tehran, thought that this migbt be

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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' [‎2108] (625/1262), 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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