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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2168] (685/1262)

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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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In January 1889 ; shortly before Colonel Goldsmid's visit, a letter
objectionable in its tone was received by tbe Assistant Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency.
at Gwadar from Ibrahim Khan ; Governor of Bampur ; in which tlie
writer The lowest of the four classes into which East India Company civil servants were divided. A Writer’s duties originally consisted mostly of copying documents and book-keeping. intimated that he had not been authorised by his GoTernment to
let the telegraph be carried beyond Gwadar; and his attitude so
alarmed the chiefs of Dashtyari and Bahu that they were at first unwill
ing to enter into negotiations for a British subsidy. Very shortly,
however, Ibrahim Khan informed Captain Ross in a courteously
worded communication that a copy of the Convention of 1868 had
reached him from his Government and that the work might proceed.
But his friendship seemed likely to be almost as embarrassing as his
opposition, for he " had received the orders of his Government to
aid us : he must come down to the coast : he must personally ascertain
that we have got all that we require : and his coming must be the
coming of a large body of armed men."" The Khan at first proposed
a meeting between Colonel Goldsmid and himself in Eahu, but the
prospect of his arrival so disturbed the people of that district that
Colonel Goldsmid twice wrote to assure him that his presence was
unnecessary ; and ; whether for this or for other reasons, he did not
appear in Bahu. At Chahbar a Persian envoy was found waiting
with proposals for a visit to be paid there to Colonel Goldsmid by
his master, who was then in Sarbaz; but the reply was that the
journey to the coast would be a needless trouble to the Khan and
again he did not come. His absence greatly facilitated matters and
enabled Colonel Goldsmid to conclude telegraph agreements with the
local chiefs in which no reference was made either to Ibrahim Khan
himself or to the authority of the Persian Government.
Continued During Colonel Goldsmid^s tour along the Makran coast Ibrahim
attitud^of -^an hovered in the interior to the northward, at first in Sarbaz, later
towards ^ Pishin, threatening descents in various directions; and, about the time
Kalat, 1869» ^at Colonel Goldsmid finished his task, it became known that the
Khan had demanded tribute of Mir Murad, Chief of Tump in Kalat
territory, with vague and misleading references to an understanding
between the British and Persian Governments. Tump was near Kaij,
head quarters of the Kalat administration in Makran, to which the
1 ersian Deputy Governor might almost equally well have laidcjaio 1.
His action, which may have been prompted by the Gichki refuge
Muhammad Khan, then in his camp, was successfully counteracted bj
Faqir Muhammad, Naib of Kaij, who at once took effectual steps
support the Chief of Tump. Ibrahim Khan then quitted his position on

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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' [‎2168] (685/1262), 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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