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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2164] (681/1262)

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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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been bestowed, frankly told Colonel Goldsmid that Persia had no title
to Gwadar, and that her power on the sea coast to the west of that place
was too slight to allow of his issuing* permits to foreigners for landing
on it. Colonel Goldsmid found the seaboard tract a comparatively cut of!
from the upper country by a rugged hill range " inhabited by Balucli
ti'ibe% to the north of which lay the district of Bam pur, " about as muoli
Persian as Kirman Proper; ;; while the status of the districts to the soutli
of it was entirely different. Bampur was governed by Persian officials
and was garrisoned by Persian troops, regular and irregular as well
as by Baluch levies; but in the southern districts Baluch rule continued,
those hereditary chiefs who most readily accepted Persian suzerainty being
recognised by the Persian authorities, and Persian garrisons as a rule
were not found. Ibrahim Khan, Governor of Bampur, told Colonel
G oldsmid that he could not undertake to protect telegraph operations to
the west of Gwadar ; and the fluctuating character of the Persian position
from place to place was illustrated by Colonel Goldsmid^s own experiences,
Shaik ' Abdullah, chief of Qasrkand and Sarbaz, had recently been
murdered, and the Persians, in recognising his son as ruler of Qasrkand,
had given Sarbaz to the head of another family, who was devoted to the
Persian interest: the result was that the direct road from Bampur to
Chahbar, via Qasrkand, had become unsafe for travellers under Persian
protection, and that Colonel Goldsmid was obliged to take a route by
Fanoch. Over this he travelled more than /^OO miles in perfect security,
without other escort than that of a petty Persian official, who was
unarmed, as were also his Baluch attendants.
From another source we know that in 1867 Mlr'Abdullah of Gaih
exercised direct authority over the coast districts between Chahbar and
Jashk, and indirect authority over those between Chahbar and the Kalat
frontier, and that he was extremely unpopular on account of ^
exactions ; also that Yar Muhammad, a Hot chief at Bahu Kalatinthe
Bahu district, still held out against the payment of tribute to Peisw-
About the same time Mir 'Abdun Nabi, chief of Jashk and Biy ab ^
having killed some of the Tahirzai tribe, was imprisoned by the Persian
Deputy Governor of Bandar ^Abbas, and charge of tie districts was
assumed by Mir "'Ali, a brother of the former chief Mir Husain. ^ 11
^Ali was an old man and incapable of making his authority felt.
Colonel Goldsmid^s opinion, formed in accordance with information
collected on his journey in 1866, was that Dizak (including
barbaz, and Pishin (or Pishing) should go to Persia, and Tump an
Jinwri to Kalat, the boundary at the coast being placed at the mo"^ 0
the Dasht Khor on Gwatar bay.

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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' [‎2164] (681/1262), 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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