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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2147] (664/1262)

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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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fct kj gjitlsh representative was at first accommodated in a hired
ffji .y. a (. Naiband, three miles east of Bandar 'Abbas; but eventually,
k 1 " 1905 it was resolved to construct suitable Government quarters for
"q him at a site nearer to the town.
Htlj the British station of Basldu on Qishm Island difficulty was
Ittj {tom time to time caused by the threatened or actual immigration from
tJe adjoining Persian districts of political malcontents or victims of Ration of
official tyranny. _ _ „ £ tj v. * • • ]
In 1897 some of the A1 Bu Samait. an Arab tribe of Bahrain origin
but settled at Lingeh, took refuge for a time at Basidu; and at the
beginning of 1901 the Shaikh of Bahrain wrote to the Resident request-
protection for the Al Bu Samait colony of Lingeh, whose intention
it "then was to remove in a body to Basidu, in consequence of an
enhancement of the Persian tax on their pearling boats. The move
ment did not, however, take place. In November 1901 some of the
'Abadilah on the Persian island of Shaikh Shu'aib expressed a wish to
emigrate to Basidu and place themselves under British protection
but their proposals; were discouraged and they took no action.
In 1902 the Native Coal Agent representing the Bushehr 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.
if at Basidu was instructed uot to prevent British subjects from settling
■ within the limits of the British station, but he was ordered to prevent
la£ the erection of permanent buildings there without previous reference
to the 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. . The object of this order was to prevent the
occupation of sites which might one day be required for public
purposes, but it had the incidental effect of preventing any undesirable
influx, A number of poor Persians from Old Basidu and from
the mainland, however, built themselves a temporary village at Singau
within the British boundary aud remained there for some time,
their object being to place themselves beyond reach of molestation
by the Persian Customs officials.
In April 1905 the well known Mirin -ut-Tojjar of Bushehr asked
permission to store red oxide at Basidu for exportation, his idea being
evidently to escape the formalities and expenses which attended shipment
of the oxide from Hormuz, where it was extracted and where there
was a Persian Customs post. To grant his request might have been to
cause trouble of difEerent kinds so it was refused,
op The Persian Customs officials on Qishm Island at one time seemed
inclined to annoy the residents of British Basidu, and tiied to oblige
native sailing vessels bringing supplies for the station to discharge
them at Old Basidu, where they were liable to duty. The Persian Mudir
^ 145 A

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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' [‎2147] (664/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 9 December 2023]

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