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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2131] (648/1262)

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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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In April 1901 he resigned and proceeded to Tehran, not however before
he had been presented by the British Government with a sword of
honour for useful services in Makran and had received a decoration from
the Russian Consul-General.
The next Governor of the Gulf Ports was the Salar-i-Mu'azzam, a 1901—1003.
nephew of the Nizam-us-Saltaneh, who was appointed in August 1901,
hut did not reach Bushehr until December ; his acting representative,
from September till December, was the Mu'izz-ul-Mamalik. The Salar-i-
MVazzam restored order at Bushehr and in its neighbourhood, which
had declined after the departure of the Darya-Baigi; but in the spring
of 1903 he was recalled to Tehran.
Pending the arrival from the capital of the Darya-Baigi, who had 1903—1905,
made up his differences with the Mu^in-ut-Tujjar and was so enabled to
purchase his re-appointment to Bushehr, the duties of Governor were
satisfactorily carried on by the Karguzar, Mirza ^Ali Muhammad Khan,
Muwaqir -ud-Dauleh. In 1905 the Darya Baigi was still Governor of
the Gulf Ports; but it was remarked that he was the puppet of the
Mu 'in-nt-Tujjar and that, though conciliatory and even cordial in his
dealings with the British 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. , he had little real power under the
existing regime and was seldom able to fulfil the promises of which he
was prodigal.
It may be mentioned that in 1903 four guns of position were brought
to Bushehr, where a Persian artillery officer from Tehran also arrived; tration,
but no immediate steps were taken to construct the works in which it 1905,
was intended to mount them.
Under the Government of the Gulf Ports there were during the period
regular Deputy Governors at Lingeh and Bandar 5 Abb as, besides
functionaries of a more local or tribal ehatacter at Qishm, Hormuz, and
Minab, and in Shamil and BiyaMn.
From 1900 onwards the administration of the Customs was an
important matter in the Persian Coast and Islands, being carried on there
as elsewhere in Persia, by Belgian Officials and on a European
system ; a full account cf it will be found in the appendix on the Im
perial Persian Customs.
Here, however, may be mentioned a particular incident connected with
^he Customs which occurred in the Governorship of the Salar-i-Mu azzam.
At the beginning of May 1902 the town of Bushehr swarmed with
Tangistani and Dashti musketeers, about 1,000 in number, whom the
Customs authorities had enlisted and assembled on their own authority
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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' [‎2131] (648/1262), 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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