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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2174] (691/1262)

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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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authorities in proof of their claims^ and even gave a different account
of his latest instructions from that which had been supplied to
Mr. Alison b j the Persian Government. Instead of being ready to
" visit the necessary places, 33 to prepare a map, and to co-operate in a
suitable manner with General Goldsmid, he had,—according to a
statement which he made to Major Euan Smith, General Goldsmid's
Personal Assistant, at Chahbar, where he had embarked for Gwadar on
the British gunboat " Hugh Rose,^—onlv been authorised to visit
certain specified places ; and, in point of fact, he refused to go anywhere
but to Kaij. " Even Kedj he would not visit unless it was
evacuated by all the Khelat soldiers before his visit, and unless lie was
accompanied by Ibrahim Khan, in whose persistent encroachments the
boundary question originated 3) , On the 24th April, notwithstanding
orders obtained from his Government that he should remain at
Gwadar, he persisted in leaving that place for Chahbar, whence he had
come ; and joint proceedings were thus finally rendered impossible.
Mir Ma^sum Khan preferred unfounded charges against General
Goldsmid which were afterwards referred by the Persian Ministry, m a
memorandum, to the British Legation at Tehran ; but Her Majesty^s
Government having signified displeasure at so unbecoming a step, the
memorandum was withdrawn with excuses and professions of high re
gard for General Goldsmid. The British Commissioner was accused
of acting unfairly and in a way calculated to create disorder in tlie
Persian Frontier districts, of having declared places admittedly Persian
not to be so ] and of disturbing men^s minds by enquiring about the
rights of Persia to other places indisputably hers. The object of the
Persian Government in adopting these charges was, perhaps, only to
bring about an adjournment of the proceedings in Makarn, in order that
those in Sistan might be held first.
In May 1871, General Goldsmid, who had then nearly compl^
the collection of information bearing on the actual status of the districts
between Persia and Kalat in Makran, was directed by the Government
of India to proceed to Makran with a map that had been P re ^ are< ^
Captain Lovett under his orders ; and, after a visit to Karachi for
purpose of obtaining further proofs of the title of Kalat to certain
puted tracts, he betook himself to the Persian Capital, arriving ^ er
before his Persian colleague on the Commission.
Acceptance At Tehran strenuous discussions ensued, occupying the whole mo
^7 of August. On the 6th and again on the 20th of that month; Gen er
Persian _ 0
government Goldsmid was admitted to personal audience of the Shan.

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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' [‎2174] (691/1262), 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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