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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2142] (659/1262)

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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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Majesty's Consul at Bandar 'Abbas followed; and eventually, after
17 days, the crowd were dispersed, the Deputy-Governor was deposed,
and he and Haji 'AH were banished from Lingeh. This settlement
and the manner in which it was enforced had a most satisfactory effect
in restoring British prestige along the whole coast from Mu^am to
Minab, where it had been somewhat impaired by the incident.
Since 1892 a number of claims for compensation had arisen on the
part of British subjects and persons entitled to British protection in
Persia, and little or no progress had been made in disposing of them.
Not having as yet been jointly examined by British and Persian
officials,—an omission due to the apathy of the Persian Government
in the matter,—the claims could not be considered as proved in their
entirety; but many were undoubtedly well-founded, and a number
related to losses sustained through failure of the Persian Government
itself to maintain security and good order. When an account of out
standing British and ^^m-British claims was made out, at the beginning
of 1900, for the Persian Coast and Islands, ■'Arabistan, and Persian
Makran, it was found that there were no less than 105 cases calling for
joint investigation and settlement, and that some of them were as
much as eight years old. The total of the compensation claimed in the
whole of the cases was £27,597, and about two-thirds of this amount
was referable to the Persian Coast and Islands, a considerable proportion
of it representing losses alleged to have been suffered at Lingeh m
consequence of the Persian operations there in 1899. Two urgent
claims preferred by European firms were specially settled by the
Persian Government, who paid £1,1B2 to Messrs. Sassoon and £11^
Messrs. Lynch ; but their treatment of the rest was dilatory.
In April 1901 a Persian Commissioner from Tehran, the Hisam -ul
Vazareh, arrived at Bushehr to investigate the pending claims m
conjunction with the British Resident; but he had not been provide
with powers sufficient to overcome the inertia or obstruction of
Governor of the Gulf Ports and the local Karguzar ; and, thougli
remained at Bushehr for a year, not even a partial settlement wa
achieved through him.
At the beginning of 1903 a new Karguzar, the Muhtashim n ^
Vazareh, was appointed to Bushehr for the ostensible purpose^
disposing of the claims in consultation with the Besident; but s
there was no progress.
At the end of 1905 the whole mass of claims was under i nves ^
gation by the British Besident, the Governor of the Gulf P 0 ^
the Karguzar, sitting as a committee.

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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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2142] (659/1262), 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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