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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2150] (667/1262)

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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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Adventure of
Sir Robert
Sherley at
Makran under the Maliks, early in tlie 17th century.
In or about the year 1613^ the last ruler of the dynasty of " Ma^iks/ ,
who had been the local Governors of Makran for many generations; came
into power. It is probable that the authority of this family did not
extend so far westward as the Jashk district; but Gwadar, now included
in the ■'Oman Sultanate, was, at the time when our survey of Persian
Gulf affairs begins, a dependency, at least in name of the Persian empire;
and its earlier history, accordingly, forms a part of that Persian Makran.
In 1613, on his return from his first embassy to Europe, where he
represented Shah ^Abbas at various courts. Sir Eobert Sherley, as related
in the chapter on the general history of the Gulf, touched at Gwadar; and
here a a revolted duke t from the Persian, with his forces being there,
" sought, treacherously, to surprise the ambassador, and to take the ship
with the merchants, their goods, and all; but by God's providence,
the duke's treason was discovered by a Persian hermit, by which means
the English were miraculously delivered from extreme danger/' Sir
Robert, possibly actuated by resentment against the treacherous duke ;
wrote from Gwadar on the 18th of September 1613 to the Court of the
East India Company in London, a persuading the settling of a factory An East India Company trading post.
there, which although not in Persia, is under the Government of a tribu
tary, and stating, with ignorant or perhaps unscrupulous exaggera
tion, " that it promises the richest traffic in the world, and is free from
the Portugals."
• The chief authorities for the history of Persian Makran from 1600 to 1800 are:-
Lieutenant E. C. Ross's Memorandum of Notes on Mekran, 1865, and the Imperial
Gazetteer of India (Sections Baluchistan and Makran). See also Ue Three
Brothers \m and the works of delia Valle, Tavermer, and A . Hamilton ^ he.
< n , » Ell S llsh boo ks and reports the title <( Khan " is generally translated
4 Duke, but closer acquaintance with Persian Khans brought thi 8 honorific^
u\lo disuse. &

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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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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' [‎2150] (667/1262), 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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