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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2175] (692/1262)

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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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progress was marked by His Majesty's abandonment, on the 13tli, of ^ ^
the Persian claims to Kaij and Gwadar; but he showed some anxiety proposed by
in, before committing himself to acceptance of the boundary pro-
bj Colonel Goldsmid, not only certain trifling modifications of with a
the same, but also a general assurance on the part of the British Govern-
ment that Kalat was an independent state and that the arrangements 4tli
about to be made would affect only the Khan and his descendants, —in
other words, apparently, that Britain herself was not directly interested
in the settlement. Suspicion, in fact tinged the whole attitude of the
Persian Government in the Kalat frontier question, it not being under
stood bv them, perhaps, that what was desired by the British Indian
authorities was to keep at a distance from India not Persian influence,
but the Russian influence which might follow in its train.
It having been pointed out that Kalat, though independent, was
bound by a Treaty of 1854 to subordinate co-operation with the
British Government and to abstention from negotiations with foreign
powers unless with the British consent, the point seems to have been
waived; and on the 4th September 1871, General Goldsmid's boundary
was accepted in a letter addressed by the Persian Minister for Foreign
to Mr. Alison, from which the following is an extract:—
In obedience to His Majesty's orders I beg, in reply, most respectfully to state that
the Persian Government, notwithstandinPf the clear right which it considered itself to
have over Baluchistan, simply out of regard for the wishes of Her Britannic Majesty's
Government that this question should be brought to a satisfactory conclusion by the
definition of a boundary line, has hereby accepted Your Excellency's letter, and the
map. The Persian Government now looks forward to tlie desirable results and important
advantage which it expects from the British Government for this great act of compli
ance and co-operation on the part of Persia, and awaits to see what will emanate from
tlie suitable manner in which the matter will be represented through the good offices of
Your Excellency, an experienced Minister, and a well-wisher perfectly cognisant of the
whole details of the merits of the question.
In the letter of the British Minister to which the above was a reply
the line proposed for acceptance had been thus described :—
Commencing from the northernmost point or that which is furthest from the sea,
the territory of Khelat is bounded to the west by the large Persian district of Dizzuk,
which is composed of many dehs or minor districts, those on the frontier being Jalk
and Kallegan. Below these two last named is the small district of Kohak, which,
together with Punjgnr, comprising Parum and other dependencies, is on the Khelat
side of the frontier, while on the Persian side is Bumpusht.
Below Panjgur, the frontier possessions of Khelat to the sea are Boleida, including
Zaniiran and other dependencies, Mund, and Busht. Within the Persian line of frontier
are the villages or tracts belonging to Sirbaz and Baho Dustyaree. The boundary of

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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' [‎2175] (692/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 23 July 2024]

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