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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2210] (727/1262)

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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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1891^92. The rainfall on the coast of Trucial ^Oman was extremely
1892^-93. The summer of 1892 on the Persian coast was long and
trying, and in the following winter there were heavy
gales; an exceptionally severe one, which occurred on
the 17th of November, was accompanied by hail and
did much damage. Rainfall was deficient in Southern
1893-94, In December 1898 a storm, accompanied by heavy rain,
passed over ^Arabistan, and the Karun rose 20 feet at
Ahwaz and remained in flood till the beginning of
January; much country was inundated. In March
1894 heavy rain was experienced in Bahrain, where
many houses collapsed. Rain and floods did immense
damage in Ears.
1895-96. There was good rain, early in 1895, in Turkish ^Iraq; in
1896 unparalleled inundations were caused there by the
Euphrates and Tigris, and great destruction of crops
took place. In Southern Persia rainfall was remarkably
deficient, especially about Lingeh and Bandar ; Abbas;
but near Lingeh, just as distress was becoming acute,
the situation was improved by abundant rain in March
1896-97. Drought prevailed in Southern Persia.
1898-99. On the 3rd of June 1898 a disastrous cyclone passed over
Masqat and the adjacent parts of ^Oman; small craft
were destroyed in great numbers along the coast; and
thousands of date palms and other trees were uprooted
by the storm.
1900-02. The rainfall in Turkish "Mraq was deficient; and at
Bandar 'Abbas, on the 12th March ] 902, there had
been practically no rain for a year.
1902-04. The winter rains in Southern Persia were good.
1904-05. The winter was unusually cold and severe, and on the
morning of the 29th of January 1905 ice was observed
at Bandar 'Abbas.
1905-06. Floods occurred in Turkish 'Iraq. In Northern 'Arabistan
the summer of 1905 was relatively mild, and at the
end of December exceptional cold was experience ^
several degrees of frost being registered. Heavy iam
fell in parts of Persian Makran, where, in the neighbour
hood of Gwatar, 500 square miles of country
flooded, an experience without precedent fo r
years; and rain was general between Jashk and Gwa ar .
1906-07. The year appears to have been normal in most
and respects.

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2210] (727/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 8 December 2023]

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