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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2162] (679/1262)

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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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Jashk and
Biyaban in
Gaih, Dasht-
yari, and Ba-
hu in 1864.
Gwadar and
Chahbai? m
The Chief of the Jashk and Biyaban districts about this time was
Mir 'Abdun Nabi, who had usurped possession of them and of the fort of
Old Jashk on the death of Mir Husaiuj an earlier chief. He was an ener
getic and influential man, and was soon confirmed in the position whicli
he had made for himself by the ruler of ; Oman.
The only local chiefs of importance between Gwadar and the Jashk
district in 1864) were those of Gaih ; Dashtyari and Bahu, of which
districts the last two ; though actually governed by separate rulers, seem
to have been regarded as forming one chiefdom. The chief of Gaih
was still Mir ^Abdullah^ who received Rs. 200 a year from the Sultan of
^Oman for protecting Chahbar; and Dashtyari and Bahu were ruled by
Mir Din Muhammad and Mir Mahammad "'Ali; Jadgals, of whom the
former was paid Rs. 900 a year by the Sultan of 'Oman from the
revenues of Chahbar, while the latter appears to have been in direct
charge of Gwatar. These two chiefs were near collateral relatives of
one another; and Din Muhammad was married at this time, or not
much later, to a sister of Mir ^Abdullah of Gaih. Mir ; Abdullah was
revenue collector, on the part of the Persian Government, for all three
districts. At Gwatar liability to pay revenue to Persia was repudiated,
in theory but not in practice, as an unjust innovation resulting in a
double collection of taxes, one in the name of the Persian Government
and a second time for the benefit of the local chief.
Meanwhile Gwadar and Chahbar continued to be administered and
taxed, without the interference of any Persian agent, by representatives
of the Sultan of 'Oman on their master's behalf.
Further proceedings with reference to the telegraph in Makran,
and question of the border between Persia and Kalat,
dation 8 of:
In 1865 Colonel Goldsmid, who had in the interim become
Director of the Indo-European Telegraph and who was at the moment
engaged in assisting Her Britannic Majesty's Minister at Tehran to
conclude a telegraph convention with Persia, was consulted by ^
Government of Bombay From c. 1668-1858, the East India Company’s administration in the city of Bombay [Mumbai] and western India. From 1858-1947, a subdivision of the British Raj. It was responsible for British relations with the Gulf and Red Sea regions. in regard to the extreme limit to which a aI1
line might be extended westwards from Gwadar without encountering
opposition or reasonable objection on the part of the Persian authorities.
After pointing out a practical distinction between " opposition aI1
reasonable objection," Colonel Goldsmid gave it as his opim 011 ^
Persia could not reasonably object to the extension of the telegr a P^ ^

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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' [‎2162] (679/1262), 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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