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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2399] (916/1262)

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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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exists, is now about 200. Much good work is done bj the Society's mission at
Hospital at Baghdad ; in 1904 there were 17 beds and on the average Baghdad
about 12 in-patients and 70 out-patients were daily under treatment,
besides whom 1,076 persons were attended at their houses; those who
could not afford to pay were treated gratis. The staff consisted of a doctor
of the Society, a dispenser, two dressers, and two servants ; and a lady,
who was a trained hospital nurse, was giving her services to the institu
tion. As the doctor, who received only a small salary from the
Society, transferred all the fees which he earned to the Hospital, that
institution, of which the expenditure was about £300 a year, actually
cost nothing to the Society ; and the lady nursed services, it should be
mentioned, were also given gratuitously. The work, however, was
carried on under serious financial restrictions.
After 40 years of missionary and religious work in India, the French 'i
Right Rev. Thomas Valpy French, Bishop of Lahore, resigned his mission to
bishopric to travel among Arabic-speaking peoples with a view to the ^ as< l a t-
propagation of Christianity among them. His attention was directed
to Masqat by the appeal of Mr. Mackay of Uganda, to which we have
already referred, and in 1891 he proceeded to Masqat, having met in
the Eed Sea, as a fellow-traveller, Mr. S. Zwemer of the Arabian
Mission, whose ultimate destination was at that time still unsettled. It
was Bishop French's intention to start a mission at Masqat on his own
account, in the hope that it might be taken over afterwards by the
Church Missionary Society. He arrived at Masqat in February 1891,
began work in the town, and had made arrangements for a journey into
the interior; but, having received a sunstroke in travelling by boat
from Masqat to Matrah, he died at the former place on the 14th of May
1891 at the age of 66 years. He was buried in the European cemetery
at Shaikh Jabir, a small cove adjoining Masqat town on the east, but
separated from it by rocky hills and practically inaccessible otherwise
than by sea.
Bishop French's grave was visited in December 1900 by the
Right Rev. G. A. Lefroy, Bishop of Lahore, by whom the Consecration
Service was read at the Shaikh Jabir cemetery and also at another
cemetery near the American mission house, then recently granted by the
Sultan of 'Oman for the burial of native Christians ; but no English
successor to the veteran pioneer has as yet made his appearance at Masqat.
The members of the Arabian Mission, on their arrival at Basrah in Other < Eng-
1891, found there a Dr. M. Eustace, who was engaged in dispensary llsh mlsslon8
work among the poor; he co-operated cordially with them until his
transfer to the hospital of the Church Mission^ Society at Quetta. In
the allocation of missionary spheres among Christian bodies, the M akran
and Persian coasts have fallen to the Church Missionary Society; but
the Society has not as yet found means to occupy these districts

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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' [‎2399] (916/1262), 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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