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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2109] (626/1262)

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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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•ranged directly with the Sultan of ^Oman without reference to the
Persian Government. The lease of Bandar ^Abbas in favour of the
Sultan having lapsed however, the Government of India, on the assump
tion that Hanjam had been included in the lease, considered that
1 negotiations in regard to the island could not properly be opened with
| tbat potentate; and it was clearly impossible to make permanent
I arrangements with the actual lessee of Bander 'Abbas, who was only a
Shaikh farming the districts for one year from the Persian Government.
In the circumstances, as they were understood, no alternative to broaching
the subject to the ShaVs Ministers remained; and an application was
accordingly made at Tehran, without raising the question of the
proprietorship of the island, for permission to establish a British telegraph
station on Hanjam. The application was successful; and, on the 29th
1 March 1868, permission was granted in writing by the Persian Minister
for Foreign Affairs under authority from the Shah, subject to certain
^ eoaditions as to the size and nature of the buildings to be erected and
the strength and composition of the staff to be employed.
In July 1868, after these arrangements had been concluded and the
Persian ownerships of Hanjam in substance admitted. Colonel Pelly, the
Resident in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , who had not been informed of what was
passing and who was at the moment engaged at Shiraz in negotiating for
a renewal of the Bandar 'Abbas lease to the Sultan of 'Oman, suddenly
reported that the Sultan claimed Hanjam as a part of his dominions
quite independently of the Bandar 'Abbas lease, and was anxious to
transfer it to the British Government, retaining for himself a right of
free anchorage only. Colonel Pelly stated that the islands of Hanjam and
Larak were not shown in a map of the Bandar 'Abbas territories leased
to the Sultan in 1856 which the Persians themselves had recently
exhibited, and that both were inhabited by Arabs owing allegiance
to Masqat, while on Hanjam there was not a single Persian resident;
and it was certain that, unlike Qishm and H or muz, neither island had
been mentioned by name in the Perso-'Omani Treaty of 1856, or was
mentioned in the new lease negotiated by Colonel Pelly. The informa
tion, through no fault of Colonel Pelly's, really came too late to be of
jljl use, though there was still some faint idea of meditation by the Gover-
nor-Greneral of India between Persia and 'Oman in territorial questions :
audit does not appear that the Government of India were convinced by
te Resident's arguments that the Sultan possessed a valid title, not
derived from Persia, to Hanjam or Larak.
The British telegraph, station on Hanjam was maintained until 1880,
w heu it was abolished as being no longer required.
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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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