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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2183] (700/1262)

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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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jjy local arrangement; that the members of the telegraph staff and
ersons genuinely employed by i them as servants should be exempt from
customs duty, this privilege not to extend to shopkeepers in the station;
that no dues should be levied on supplies entering the station from the
interior; if ^ or consumption of the telegraph establishment ; and
finally, that sanctuary or protection against the Persian authorities
should not be afforded by the telegraph officials to local Persian subjects
other than persons actually in their service.
In April 1887 Nasar Ullah Khan was removed from Jashk in accord
ance with the understanding that preceded the Agreement, being suc
ceeded as Deputy-Governor by Hidayat Khan, a conciliatory personage,
who did not remain long and who was followed by Mirza ^Ali Khan, an
official of similar temper. The Indian military detachment was also
removed, and it was at first proposed to replace it by a guard of ^0
Indian police ; but ultimately local levies were engaged. It may be
noted that the boundary of the station, as actually marked out afterwards,
did not agree* in every respect with the indications contained in
the Agreement; but the deviation was apparently acquiesced in by the
local Persian authorities, and neither at the time nor at any later date
did it give rise to dispute.
In 1889, soon after the departure of the Sa'ad-ul-Mnlk, Governor of Question of
the Gulf Ports from Jashk, the wife of a boatman who was employed by ^defthe 11
the telegraph staff and had his residence in the station was seized, when Agreement,
outside the boundary, dragged to the Persian Deputy-Governors house,
and there—it was said—ill-treated. The reason was a quarrel between
ker and the wife of the Deputy-Governor's clerk, who also resided in the
telegraph station. This case became the subject of a correspondence
between the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. at Bushehr and the British Minister at
Tehran; but, the former (Colonel Ross) having pointed out that juris
diction over Persian subjects, even in the telegraph station, could not
be claimed by British officials under the Agreement of 1887, it was
apparently allowed to drop, lest representations in regard to the
woman^s treatment should give rise to inconvenient discussions of
1 See Aitchisbn's Treaties, 4th edition, volume XII, pages 96—97, and Volume II
0 f this Gazetteer, article " Kew Jashk," page 915, footnote. From the latter it will
^Ppear that the directions as to boundary given in the Agreement were, in part at least,
reconcile with actual distances on the spot.

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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' [‎2183] (700/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 28 November 2023]

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