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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2176] (693/1262)

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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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Dualit is marked by a long line drawn through the Drabol Hill, situated between the
rivers Baho and Dusht, to the sea in the Bay of Gwuttur.
To summarise, Punjgur and Parum and other dependencies, withKohukj Boleida,
including Zamiran and other dependencies; Mund, including Toomp, Naseerakd,
Kedj, and all districts, dehs, and dependencies to the eastward; Duslit with its
dependencies as far as the sea,—these names exhibit the line of actual possessionof
Khelat, that is to say, all tracts to the east of the frontier of actual Persian possession,
which frontier comprises Dizzak and Bumpusht, Sirbaz and Peshin, Baho and Dust-
The acceptance by the Shah of General Goldsmid 3 s proposed line was
qualified by a reservation^ or at least a representation, in regard to
Kohak, which the Shah was very desirous should be included in Persia,
General Goldsmid seems to have found no trace of either Persian or
Kalat supremacy over Kohak^ and would apparently, if left to himself,
have classed it as neutral and independent; but he was bound by the
clear instructions of the Government of India, which bore that if the
Persian Government can establish no claim to take their boundary
to the east of Kohak, the line should be drawn to the west/' The
British Commissioner accordingly threw the burden of proof on Persia,
and, no evidence having been produced on her behalf, assigned Kohak
to Kalat, London was chosen by the Persian Government as the best
place for further discussion of the Kohak question, apparently from
an idea that the Government of India were more adverse to concessions to
Persia than Her Majesty's Government,—an idea which thus found
expression in a memorandum presented by the Persian Minister in
Votre Excellence me permettra de ne pas lui dissimuler que dans plus d'une circons-
tance le Gouvernement de Sa Majeste Imperiale a rencontre en certains points do la part
du Gouvernement des Indes une inflexibility qui semblait peu dictee du de'sir d'etre
agreable a un Gouvernement ami, et qui aurait pu ledecourager dang I'oeuvrequ^ 1181
pas cesse de poursuivre aAec ardeur—celle de resserrer chaque jour de as en plu s ^ 0S
bons rapports qui unissent nos deux pays.
The matter was referred in England to Sir H. Rawlinson,
formerly British Minister in Persia, who considered the question of
Kohak intricsically unimportant and thought that " it would be. • 1 '
to our advantage, if, without violating justice or giving 1 real offence t
the Khan of Khelat, we could confer an obligation upon tbe Sbah 0^
Persia by modifying the Mekran frontier arrangement in his favour.
Eventually, to meet His Majesty's wishes, the line forming the western
boundary of Kalat was drawn to the east of Kohak; but no opinion was
expressed <c as to the position of the Persian, frontier ^ that 011

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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' [‎2176] (693/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 23 June 2024]

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