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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2173] (690/1262)

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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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( | a y^ halt. Their coming had been taken as a sign that the title o£
Persia to Bam pur itself was about to be called in question.
It early became apparent that no co-operation in a reasonable settle
ment of the boundary was to be looked for on the part of the Persian
Commissioner. His feelings had probably been worked on by Ibrahim
Khan of Bampur, who feared to lose the territories that he had annexed
during the previous few years. Mirza Mas^um Khan pretended that the
proceedings of the Commission had been limited, by an arrangement
at Tehran^ to an enquiry into the status of Kaij only, which was claimed
by Persia but was in possession of Kalat. He declined to commence
operations in the north; and when General Goldsmid proposed by way
of concession that the districts adjoining the sea should be taken in hand
first, he rejected that suggestion also. He even refused to discuss the
boundary in the neighbourhood of Kaij itself on the basis suggested
by General Goldsmid, viz., that, after the Persian claims had been
preferred, any counter claim by Kalat should be admitted to a hearing
also. He was at length induced to agree to an opening of the
proceedings at Pishm ; but as the British Commissioner objected to his
being accompanied to the frontier by a Persian armed force, he again
withdrew his consent, alleging that the Persian frontier was beyond
Some time having been lost in fruitless discussions. General
Goldsmid, who had not yet received the instructions sent him from India,
arranged to proceed to Gwadar, where he would be in telegraphic
communication with Tehran and India, and requested the British Minister
in Persia to obtain orders for the Persian Commissioner to rejoin him
there. At the same time he detached Captain B. Lovett, R.E., a
member of his staff, to march down the approximate line of the frontier
from north to south, collecting by the way such topographical and other
data as he could in regard to the border districts. Mir Ma^sum Khan
promised General Goldsmid, before the latter left Bampur on the 16th
February, that he would come down to Gwadar, when instructed to do
so, and discuss the results of Major Lovett-'s survey or reconnaissance
tee; but on the 18th March he began to make difficulties about
visiting Gwadar and to suggest that the next meeting should be at Kaij.
Colonel Goldsmid reached Gwadar on the 6th, Major Lovett on the 21st
of March.
The Persian Commissioner, who had in the meantime received his orders,
a mvedat Gwadar on the 11th April ; but he declined to meet the
Kalat Commissioner, refused to listen to evidence adduced by the Kalat

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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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