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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2163] (680/1262)

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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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[ d from Gwadar to the eastern extremity of the Jashk district, then
held by Sultan of ''Oman on lease from Persia ; but he thought that
the Persian claims included everything to the west of Gwadar ; and he
recommended that, in the interests of the telegraph as well as of the state
f Kalat, in alliance and friendship with Britain, the position of the
boundary between Persia and Kalat should be discussed and defined.
The greatest difficulty in the way of this was the discontent that might be
excited among the petty Baluch chiefs who found themselves definitively
placed under Persia in consequence of a settlement. Colonel Goldsmid
inclined, on the whole to an arrangement under which Persia should
assent to direct dealings between the British authorities and the local
chiefs from Gwadar to Jashk in telegraph matters, the question of the
suzerainty over those chiefs being left undecided.
On the conclusion of the Anglo-Persian Telegraph Convention of
1865, Colonel Goldsmid was authorised to return to India by any route
that lie pleased, bearing in mind the desirability of promoting, if possible,
the prolongation of the Makran telegraph line by a branch into the
interior of Persia. He accordingly travelled with his Assistant, Major
Smith, from Tehran by Isfahan, Yazd, and Kirmanto a point 100 miles
east of Kirman, where they parted. Colonel Goldsmid afterwards pro
ceeding to Bampur and thence through the hills to Chahbar on the coast,
while Major Smith marched direct to Bandar •'Abbas and, landing again
at Jashk, made a short tour along the coast to the east of that place.
The courtesy and hospitality of Ibrahim Khan of Bampur to Colonel
Goldsmid on this journey formed an agreeable contrast with his usual
attitude towards the British in Makran.
The result of the reconnaissance was a scheme for duplicatin g part
of the Indo-European telegraph system by means of a land line connect
ing Gwadar with Isfahan by way of Bandar ^Abbas, Kirman, and Yazd ;
and a draft convention to this end was elaborated by the Government of
India and Her Majesty's Government in consultation, from which all
reference to the disputed boundary between Persia and Kalat was
excluded, a settlement of that question by separate negotiations being
now contemplated.
The character and limits of Persian authority in Makran were clearly
ascertained by Colonel Goldsmid on his journey in 1866. Mirza Said
Khan, the Persian Minister for Foreign Affairs, had already informed
him at Tehran that the extent of Persian jurisdiction was best known to
the Vakil Elected representative or attorney, acting in legal matters such as contracting marriage, inheritance, or business; a high-ranking legal official; could also refer to a custodian or administrator. -ul-Mulk, Vazir and virtual Governor General of Kirman ; and
that official, on whom the title of " Sardar Leader of a tribe or a polity; also refers to a military rank or title given to a commander of an army or division. of Baluchistan had recently
146 A.
Journey of
G-oldsmid and
Major Smith
in Persian
and resulting
scheme, 1866.
Position of
Persia in
Makran in

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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' [‎2163] (680/1262), 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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