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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2424] (941/1262)

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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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Kenewal of
the privileges
of the Indo-
E uropean
1882, 1891
and 1906.
of the
of 1872 and
Control of
the Depart
ment trans
ferred to the
Secretary of
State, 1893.
0 h a ^ a ! so . b y ai1 Agreement; and on this occasion the Convention
ot 1868, relating to the Gwadar-Bandar 'Abbas land line, was renewed
to the same date.
were made between the Persian Government and
the Indo-European Telegraph Company on the 12th of August 1882 and
the 10th of January 1891, by the latter of which the concession enjoyed
by the Company was extended to the 31st of January 1925 ; and by yet
another Agreement, concluded on the 14th of June 1906, the term of the
Agreement of 1891 was extended by 20 years, viz., to 1945.
Since the 14th of December 1885 the Indo-European Telegraph
Department have been responsible for the maintenance of a line ;
constructed by the Persians at some earlier period, between Tehran and
Mashhad. The arrangement does not depend upon any formal
agreement and is understood to be terminable at the wish of either the
Indian or the Persian Government, both of which pay annual
contributions towards the expenses of maintenance.
With a few modifications only, introduced when agreements were
renewed or at other times by the consent of the parties, the Convention
of 1872 was observed to the end in its original form. As the share of
the Persian Government in the proceeds of the through traffic^ an
annual sum of 12,000 Tumans was at first paid; but later the amount
was fixed by agreement at the equivalent of 120,000 francs; and on each
occasion of the Indo-European Telegraph Company's concessions being
extended, in 1882 and .1891, this amount, was enhanced by lO^OOO
francs. The gross receipts from through traffic, after deduction of the
annual sum of 120,000 francs which is payable to the Persian Govern
ment, are shared between the Indo-European Telegraph Depart
ment and the Indo-European Telegraph Company; and the Company
is responsible for the payment to Persia, out of its own share, of the two
annual increments of 10,000 francs imposed in 1882 and 1891. For
three years from the conclusion of the Convention, the Persian share in
the income from international messages originating or terminating in
Persia was leased to Great Britain at a fixed rate of 2,000 Tumans per
annum; ^ but thereafter Persia was credited instead, as permitted by the
Convention, with two-thirds of the actual income from this source.
After 1887 the payment by Persia of 1,000 Tumans a year towards
the pay of lineguards was remitted for special reasons.
The debt undertaken by the Indo-European Telegraph Company was
finally discharged in February 1884.
With effect from the 1st April 1899, direct control of the Indo-
European Telegraph Department was assumed by the Secretary of State
or India, in place of the Government of India by whom it had been
exercised since mL During the period from 16th February 1888 to
olst March 1893 the Department was under the Director-General of
e egraphs in India; at all other times it has been under the direct
management of a Director-in-Chief of its own.
i arJ nt exte " s L i , ori of the Gnlf tekgraphs to include Bandar 'Abbas in
. ai id the construction of a central Persian line from Kashan to
•Karachi m 1902-04 are dealt with further on.

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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' [‎2424] (941/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 15 July 2024]

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