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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2189] (706/1262)

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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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subsidies and
fiieShah, as already described. In 1881 the maiiitenance of permanent
arters occupied by the guard was undertaken by the Public Works
have already had occasion to notice the conclusion by Colonel
Goldsmid in 1B69 of arrangements with the principal chiefs of Persian
M'irran • bv these they pledged themselves to protect the telegraph line telegraph
juaKicm > j . . ijiii im-i matters,
and to render aid and certain special services to the telegraph otticials. 1868—94
The subsidy allotted to the chief of Gaih was Rs. 3,000 a year, and the
region for which he was responsible was described as ext ending from
Chahbarto Sadaich. The chiefs of Dashtyari and Bahu, who were
included in one Agreement, received Rs. 1,000 a year each, and the extent
of their responsibility was from Chahbar to the Kalat frontier. The
subsidies were made payable from the 1st January 1869 in half-yearly
instalments. Similar arrangements were concluded with the chiefs of
Jashk, but the allowances given them were smaller.t
In 1873 a nephew of Mir ^Abdun Nabi, chief of Jashk, was arrested 1873.
"for climbing a telegraph pole but a party of Baluch came and
released him by force. The Assistant Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Gwadar, then
sent for Mir 'Abdun Nabi ; and, as he refused to appear, his subsidy
was provisionally stopped. The case must have been in some way im
portant, for orders were obtained from the Persian Central Government
that the Deputy-Governor of Bandar ^Abbas should warn Mir ; Abdun
Nabi and his people against damaging telegraph property : possibly the
chief had given vent to threats.
The revolutions that often convulsed the interior and sometimes affect- 1881—82.
ed the coast of Persian Makran occasioned, from time to time, doubts
as to the proper recipients of the telegraph subsidies. Thus in 1881,
when Mir Din Muhammad was driven out of Dashtyari, and in the
following year, when Mir Muhammad Ali unwillingly resigned
charge of Bahu, claims were advanced by the usurpers of their places to
the subsidies which the rightful chiefs had enjoyed. It would seem
that these claims were coldly received, and it does not appear that the
subsidies were ever paid to any but the two chiefs mentioned, who
before long recovered the hereditary positions from which they had been
* It was made payable, in the first instance, to the widow of the late chief, Mir
t The text of the Gaih and Dashtyari-Bahu Agreements will be found in
Aitchison's Treaties, 4th edition, Vol. XI, (Baluchistan^, pages 235-36. An account of
Jashk Agreement is given in the Official History of the MeTcran Telegraph
Ike, page 97,

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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:

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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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