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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2408] (925/1262)

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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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to the line had been nearly doubled^ and the Shaikh of Chah Kutah
had destroyed^ or permitted to be destroyed, some 15 miles of the line—
the mischief in this case extending to a point only 5 miles from the town
of Bushehr. The work of repairing the damaged line was arduous, as
the country was rugged and some of the spans were very long; but
communication between Shiraz and Bushehr was restored by the middle
of March 1865, after the interruption—due at first to the interference
of the Persian Government and subsequently to the mischief done by
the nomads—had lasted for five months. The Shah was now thoroughly
interested in the success of the telegraph, and on the 21st of January
1865 he had personally visited the telegraph office at Tehran, where
he remained for two hours conversing over the wires with the
Governors of Shiraz, Isfahan, Kirmanshah, Hamadan, Kashan and
Qum; he expressed himself as pleased with the arrangements made
and impatient to be able to communicate with Europe and India.
The Tehran-Bushehr line however continues, even at the present day,
to suffer in an extraordinary degree from wilful damage; and in the year
1904-05 no less than 536 cases of wanton mischief were reported.
Connection of the Turkish and Persian lines with the Indian
system by way of the Gulf, 1863-68.
The Rev. Mr.
Stewart 's
The history of the principal and most striking section of the great
Indo-European line of telegraph yet remains to be traced. Without
it the Turkish and Persian sections would have remained mere
provincial telegraphs, without general importance, and its construction
was a necessary part of the Indo-European programme; but its
commencement was postponed until the actual progress of the land
lines in Turkey and Persia and the removal of political obstacles tad
reached a point such as to make ultimate success appear certain, "ne
work in the Persian Gu]/ was one of great magnitude, but the
difficulties to be overcome were here almost exclusively of a materia
and mechanical nature.
In 1861 the mode of connecting the Turkish line to Europe— when
it should have been finished—with the Indian telegraphic system was
already under consideration. Under instructions from Government a
scheme for an aerial line from Karachi to Basrah had been propounde
in 1860 by that versatile scholar, the Eev. G. P. Badger; and when
his project was referred for opinion to the Commissioner in Siud an ^
to the British political representatives at Kalat, Masqat and Bush 6 11
three out of those four authorities pronounced in favour of its adoption.
In 1861 Mr. Badger was deputed to enquire into the political sta us
of Makran; but in the end his scheme was found to involve gr ea
political difficulties and was therefore set aside.
In 1862 the general conduct and control of the Indo -Euiopean
telegraph operations were entrusted to Lieutenant -Colonel Pa -tncK

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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' [‎2408] (925/1262), 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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