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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2468] (985/1262)

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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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Date of commence
ment of contract.
Period for which
Contractors to whom
Annual amount of
Frequency of
Contract rate of
average speed.
Porta of call.
1st October 1862
(An agreement
only, having the
force of a con
1866 (Modified in
Ist July 1870
IstMaj 1874
For 1 year.
For 5 years.
To the end of
1872 for longer,
if notice not
given by either
To the 30th of
April 1884.
British India
Steam Naviga
tion Company
(then the Bur-
mah Co.).
British India
Steam Naviga
tion Company.
Ks. 80,000.
Rs. 1,60,000 (appa
rently increased in
Rs, 7,666| per com
plete trip.
Total subsidy to
the Company
Rs. 7,25,000, but
proportion on account
of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran.
service not ascertain
8 voyages a year.
Twice a month (in
creased to once
a fortnight in
• • «
Complete trip to
be made in not
more than 38, or
less than 33
days, from
Bombay to
Basrah and
7i knots.
Gwadar, Masqat, Bandar
'Abbas, Bushehr and
Masqat, Bandar 'Abbas,
Mnsandam, Bushehr and
Karachi, Gwadar, Masqat, NS
Bandar 'Abbas, Lingeh,
Bushehr, Fao, Basrah, qo
and back by the same
route, with an optional
call at Han jam or
Karachi (optional); Gwa
dar (fortnightly) ; Mas
qat (fortnightly, or week
ly if so directed by
Government) ; Bandar
'Abbas and Lingeh (not
more than once a fort
night, if steamer called at
Bahrain, Qatif or Kuwait
instead); Bahrain (op
tional) ; Qatif (optional) ;
Bushehr (weekly); Kuwait
k (wo^ j w " v.v
tVio same ro-ato. A. sor-vico
every f ovir weelss from
A-den to Basrab and 'back;.

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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' [‎2468] (985/1262), 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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