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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2171] (688/1262)

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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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recommended to exercise great caution in proposing any line to the
nortli of Jalk; and even to postpone suggesting one, the reason being
that a premature determination of that section might compromise the
position of the Sistan border, to be settled later, which must necessarily
be a continuation of it. The Government of India explained that
Captain Harrison, 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 Kalat, and Major Eoss,
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, though they would be attached
to the Commission, were not to be regarded as possessing any authority
co -ordinate with that of General Goldsmid, their duties being only to
supply him with information and perform such other services as he
might require of them. It was added : " When the three Commis
sioners/' viz., Colonel Goldsmid himself and the representatives of
Persia and Kalat, " are unanimous, the boundary will be defined
in accordance with their opinion. When they differ, the boundary will
be laid down in accordance with the views of the majority.'" On the
question whether any settlement that might be reached by the
Commission would be treated as final, the Government of India were
unable, in consequence of the attempted modification of the original
understanding by the Persian Government, to pronounce a decided opinion.
This last point was referred to the Secretary of State for India,
who replied that General Goldsmid should communicate the decision
at which he might arrive to the Commissioners of Persia and Kalat
in writing, with a statement of the facts and arguments on which it was
based; that he should await on the spot the result of the references which
they would then make to their respective Governments ; that he should
endeavour to remove any objections that might be raised; and that, if
he failed in this, he should inform his colleagues that bis task was
at an end, and then report to his own Government. The Government
of India in transmitting these instructions to General Goldsmid, told
Mm that the clause relating to the communication of written papers tc
Ms colleagues need not be regarded as absolute, but that he might
use his discretion in the matter; and that, on the conclusion of the
operations on the spot, he should repair to Tehran with the information
collected, and there assist in effecting a final settlement in'communication
with Mr. Alison and the Indian and Her Majesty's Governments.
At the end of January 1871 General Goldsmid and the Persian proceedings
Commissioner, Mir* Ma^sum Khan, who had joined him near Tehran on of the
^ — Boundary
. * Major Euaii Smith's account of the Persian Commissioner, though long, may be Commission
given here on account of the light which it throws on the difficulties encouiitered by in Makran
^British Commissioner (Goldsinid's Eustern Persia spages 147-148). 1871.
" Mirza Ma'sum Khan was a native of the province of Adarbaijan, very dark and

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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' [‎2171] (688/1262), 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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