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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2169] (686/1262)

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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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tlie Kalat frontier and visited Chahbar on the coast. On his entry into
this possession of 'Oman, at the beginning of April 1869, he was
accompanied by 100 to 200 horsemen. He remained at Chahbar until the
end of the month and then left for Qasrkand, taking all his men with him.
Settlement of the Perso-Kalat boundary, 1869—-1871.
Matters soon reached a point at which it became imperative, without
reference to the telegraph question already settled, to define in some way
the frontier between Persia and Kalat.
Between December 1869 and February 1870, on information from
India regarding the state of that border, the British Minister at Tehran
more than once impressed on the Persian Government the necessity of
restraining their local officers from encroachments; but the assurances
which he received in return were unsatisfactory, and even conveyed an
impression that Persia did harbour designs upon territory regarded by the
British authorities as belonging to Kalat. In February 1870, under
instructions from London, prepared by the Foreign and concurred in by the
Indial Office, Mr. Thomson took a stronger line and requested, in view
of the disturbance and excitement which were being caused in districts
upon the frontier of British India, that aggression and even threats by the
Persian local authorities on the side of Kalat should be peremptorily
forbidden. Mirza Sa^id Khan, the Persian Minister for Foreign Affairs,
having asked in reply whether this was said in the way of friendly
suggestion or of authoritative demand, and whether a reference to any
particular Convention was implied, Mr. Thomson explained that the
British Government could not look with indifference on the apprehen
sions of the state of Kalat, with which they had treaty engagements •
that the apprehensions in question were justified by the policy which, not*
withstanding disavowal by the Persian Government, the Persian local
officials saw fit to maintain, and that in the circumstances it was
that orders should be issued preventing unauthorised move^
by the Persian functionaries on the spot.
In April 1870, in consequence of these remonstrances, it was
suggested—apparently by the Shah himself—that the frontier between
Persia and Kalat should be determined by a mixed commission on
which Persia, Britain and Kalat should be separately represented.
The suggestion commended itself to the British Government ; and
Lionel Goldsmid, who was almost simultaneously appointed
tions regard
ing Persian
aggression on
Kalat j 1869-
Formation of
a mixed

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2169] (686/1262), 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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