Skip to item: of 1,262
Information about this record Back to top
Open in Universal viewer
Open in Mirador IIIF viewer

'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2430] (947/1262)

This item is part of

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. .


This transcription is created automatically. It may contain errors.

Apply page layout

consulting the Persian Government, upon the strength of the authority
granted in 1868 and not subsequently revoked, and thereafter to
negotiate for the desired extension to Bandar 'Abbas. The cable-ship
" Patrick Stewart ^ was accordingly despatched from Karachi on the 9tli
of April 1904, and telegraphic communication with Hanjam was restored
on the 19th of the same month after an interval of 13 years, at a cost
of only Rs. 36^500. On the 10th of April Sir A. Hardinge, the British
Minister at Tehran, on being apprised of these proceedings, informed the
Persian Minister for Foreign Affairs of the intention of the Government of
India to reopen the Hanjam station and intimated that he would shortly
approach the Persian Government with a request for the institution of
a provisional Persian postal service between Hanjam and Bandar 'Abbas
and with proposals for an extension of the telegraph line to Bandar
'Abbas. The Minister's note appears to have been mislaid or carelessly
read by the Persian official to whom it was addressed, and it was not
until some time in May that the Persian Government became aware ;
through a report by the Governor of the Gulf Ports, of what had
occurred at Hanjam ; they were disagreeably surprised, but confronted
with the accomplished fact^ agreed to arrange for a temporary postal
service. M eanwhile the British telegraph officials had instituted both
a weekly and an express service for the delivery of Hanjam telegrams at
Bandar 'Abbas; and some friction occurred when, in August 1^04, the
Belgian Director of Customs at Bandar ^Abbas established a rival
Persian post between Hanjam and the mainland and insisted that it
should be exclusively used and that the bags sent by it should not be
The farther proposals for the extension of the telegraph from
Hanjam to Bandar ^Abbas were at first resisted by the Shah of Persia,
who was at this time in a peculiarly uncompromising mood on the
subject of concessions to foreigners, and seemed to be endeavouring by all
means in his power to stifle the growth of European enterprises in the
country. For a time the representations of the British Legation weie
staved off by a pretence that the Bandar ' Abbas extension would be con
structed by the Persian Government themselves ; but the British Minister
continued to press the point and resorted to the argument that, undft
Article No. 2 of the Persian Telegraph Convention of 1868, the Britis
Government were entitled to construct a land line from Jashk to t e
neighbourhood of Bandar ^Abbas and might avail themselves of this ola
concession if permission to connect Hanjam with Bandar 'Abbas were
refused. At length the desired extension was sanctioned by the "Persian
Government, but on conditions somewhat unfavourable to the Bn is
Government, who had hoped for permission to construct and work
new branch as an integral part of the system of the
Telegraph Department. By an agreement executed on the 13th of a ;
1905 by Sir A. Hardinge and the Mushir-ud-Dauleh, Persian Minis e
for Foreign Affairs, it was settled that a line across Qishm, to conne ^
Hanjam with Bandar 'Abbas, should be constructed on behalf o
Persian Government by two engineers of the Indo-European Telegiap
Bepartment, placed temporarily at their disposal; and that the ^
the cost of its construction—subject to a maximum of Bs. 75, ^
^d been refunded by the Persian Government, should be handed ovei

About this item


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.

Physical characteristics

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.

Written in
English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
View the complete information for this record

Use and share this item

Share this item
Cite this item in your research

'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2430] (947/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 6 December 2023]

Link to this item
Embed this item

Copy and paste the code below into your web page where you would like to embed the image.

<meta charset="utf-8"><a href="">'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [&lrm;2430] (947/1262)</a>
<a href="">
	<img src="!280,240/0/default.jpg" alt="" />
IIIF details

This record has a IIIF manifest available as follows. If you have a compatible viewer you can drag the icon to load it. in Universal viewerOpen in Mirador viewerMore options for embedding images

Use and reuse
Download this image