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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2410] (927/1262)

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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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Gwadar to
Delay at
March 1864.
capacity of Chief Electrician^ left Karachi on the 27th of January
186^ on the steamer " Coromandel ^ of the Bombay Marine The navy of the East India Company. , which had
been placed at his disposal.
On the 4th of February, a shore-end having been landed at Gwadar,
active operations commenced; the cable was payed out at the rate of
5 miles an hour from the Kirkham/' towed by the steamer "Zenobia"
and piloted by the Coromandel ^ ; at Ras Maidani the " RirkhamV'
load of cable was exhausted and her place was taken by the " Marian
Moore. ;; Jashk was reached on the 8th of February.
The expedition then crossed the Gulf of ''Oman and entered
Grhubbat Ghazirah or Malcolm Inlet, where a shore-end was landed on
the* 9th of February upon the isthmus of Maqlab, and communication
with Jashk was established ; it had originally been intended to locate the
station between Gwadar and Bushehr on the island of Larak ; but a site
in the neighbourhood of Maqlab had appeared preferable to Colonel
Stewart, probably as giving a shorter and more direct line. Thus was
completed the first section of the work, which so far had proceeded
without a hitch.
At this stage a month ; s delay intervened, due to political difficulties
with the uncouth Dhahuriyin of the villages adjoining Maqlab. Colonel
Disbrowe, Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Masqat, had visited the^ Malcolm and
Elphinstone Inlets in January 1864 and had spent a fortnight in making
a reconnaissance of the country and in opening relations with the
tribesmen. On the arrival, however, of the telegraph party, it was
found that no honest work could be got from the local Arabs at tail
rates; their cupidity was intolerable; and disorderly scenes 0 ^ c ^ e
between the inhabitants of rival villages, especially of Maqaqah and 11
who were competitors for employment. On the 1 5th of February Coione
Disbrowe joined Colonel Stewart at Maqlab, and, after some days spen
in fruitless negotiations with the Dhahuriyin, the two officers procee e
to Masqat to invoke the good offices of the Sultan of''Oman. There wa
some uncertainty as to the jurisdiction in which the district concerne
was situated, for some of the natives, repudiating the authority o
Sultan, professed to be subjects of the Shaikh of Sharjah, while o
claimed absolute independence.
After a week^s absence Colonel Stewart and Colonel
returned from Masqat on the " Coromandel."" The Sultan had assei ^
his claim to Maqlab and the adjoining country in unequivocal ^ ei . inS; ^
had furnished the telegraph party with authority to continue then op ^
tions and to deal with the tribesmen in his name; but
material assistance, and the British officers had still to^ rely c
on their own prestige and tact for the conclusion of a working al1 ?
ment. Meanwhile, however, the Dhahuriyin had grown more accus o
to the presence of the construction party, and various preiimm
difficulties had gradually settled themselves.
A land line was now carried across the narrow Maqlab
dividing the head of Malcolm Inlet from that of IChor -ash-Sham
Elphinstone Inlet, on which neck of land, had the conduct o
Or, perhaps, one the 13th.

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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' [‎2410] (927/1262), 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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