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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2244] (761/1262)

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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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Sultan should accordingly have amounted to about Rs. 30,000; but it is
believed that, in consequence of mortgages, etc., he was obliged to content
himself with $12,000. This case, having been in effect compromised,
will not afford a very useful precedent for the future.
International political questions on the Arabian side, 1857-1907,
Messrs. Wat
son's project,
Disputes between local authorities are, however, of slight importance
in comparison with the difficulties which might arise were the local
divers on the Arabian banks to be subjected to the competition of
Europeans furnished with scientific appliances, more especially if, as
some authorities believe, the effect of deep-sea dredging would be to
destroy the colonies from which the oysters upon the shallow beds accessible
to native divers are recruited. The representatives of the Britisli Gov
ernment, by whom the question has at different times been considered, have
never doubted that, whether real damage were done to the native fisheries
or not, the appearance of European rivals would arouse great animosity
on the part of the Arabs, who regard the fisheries as their common bu
exclusive inheritance; and, in view of this fact, as well as of the possibi
lity that an industry, on which many thousands of persons depend or
their subsistence might actually be destroyed, the British Governmen
have never ceased to oppose, by such means as have presented themselves,
the intrusion of foreigners—including European British subjects—in 0
the fishery.
The question of European participation appears to haveansen
for the first time in 1857, when Messrs. J. and W. Watson of
were anxious to engage in the pearl fishery. Captain Felix Jones, . •»
however, the British 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. , on the matter being reiene
him, reported that plunder, if not bloodshed, would certainly be P rovo ^'
and Her Majesty^s G overnment, in consequence apparently of this opm 1 '
refused to countenance operations by the firm.
In the season of 1862 the steamer Johnstone Castle^ c ^ e ^ e
by a Bombay syndicate, proceeded without official sanction 0 ^
Bahrain pearl banks and stationed there three Europeans an
native employes, with patent diving machines, to carry on opeia ^
in a Baghlah Large trading vessel. ; the steamer then crossed to Bushehr, w ^ ere i erg
arrived at the beginning of July, and Mr. Plunkett, one of the c
had an interview there with Captain Disbrowe, the Acting . °
Resident. The Acting 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. evidently regarded the si^ ^
as dangerous, for he immediately despatched a Government vessel ^
banks with instructions to remove the Baghlah Large trading vessel. from the ban
bring it to Bushehr. On its arrival at Bushehr, on the 10th 0 ^
the boat was found to be of Turkish nationality,—a circumstance ^
might have occasioned complications^ but did not. The secreC ^ cerI1 ed
which the enterprise had been managed was attributed by those c0 ^ ^
in it to the necessity of concealing their operations from a rival co ^ ^
and it appeared that their action had been taken in good fan^
strength of a statement contained in an official publication that

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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' [‎2244] (761/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 20 July 2024]

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