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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2195] (712/1262)

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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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Tehran authorities in Makran. In January 1897^ at the desire of His
Britannic Majesty's Minister in Persia, the Resident in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran.
visited Chahbar in the R. I. M. S. Lawrence" with a view to his influ
ence being exerted on the turbulent local chiefs whom the Shah's Govern-
H ment could not control ; but he failed to secure a meeting with any
of them. In April 1897, Old Jashk was raided by a Baluchi gang, and
British Indian traders were robbed of property valued at Rs. 5,000.
Representations concerning this incident were made to the Persian
government, in consequence of which the Persian gunboat " Persepolis "
was despatched to Jashk to restore order, and a garrison of 100 Persian
infantry with guns was installed at New Jashk.
J Such partial measures, however, were of no avail ; [and, at the end Mur( j er 0 f
nfl^97, a culminating outrage which occurred near the coast brought Mr. Graves
. u # i and Persian
matters to a crisis. Mr, Graves, Acting Superintendent in the Indo- military
European Telegraph Department, an elderly man with long experience m
of Persia, had pitched his camp, in the course of an annual tour of under British
inspection from Jashk, at a place half a mile east of the Rapch river where ^encTlS 6 ^"-
the Jashk -Gwadar telegraph line crosses it. On the night of the 2nd 98.
December 1897 a gang of about 20 Karwari Baluchis attacked the camp
and barbarously murdered Mr. Graves with swords, the fatal blow
being struck by Mnlik Ghind-bin-Shali Baig, a headman of the
Shahuzai tribe.
The sole motive of the crime was plunder; and the robbers, after
destroying Mr. Graves' tents, carried off all that they found in the camp
including a considerable sum of money which was for distribution in
wages to the telegraph staff, upon the camels of the deceased officer.
Mr. Graves had established telephonic communication bet ween his
camp and Jashk and the occurrence consequently became known the
next day to Colonel Meade, 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. His Bri-
I tannic Majesty's Minister at Tehran, on receiving news of it, impressed
upon the Persian Government the necessity of immediate action, at the
same time instructing the Resident to proceed himself to the spot, hold
a local enquiry, and watch the proceedings, but enjoining him to leave
measures for the capture and punishment of the offenders entirely to
ttie Persian authorities.
The action of the Persian Government in the case was unusually
prompt. On the 6th December the Persian gunboat " PersepoJis/'
with the Darya-Baigi or Naval Commander-in-Chief and 5»0 Persian
^oops on board, sailed from Bushehr. H. M. S. " Pigeon" followed,
^ying Captain Sykes, His Britannic Majesty's Consul for Kirman and
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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' [‎2195] (712/1262), 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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