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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2541] (1058/1262)

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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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of India had not
The reservations
the consent of
the Mixed Corn-
Convention of 1897, The representatives of Great Britain signed Persia and
subject to certain reservations^ and the representative of Persia ad abstention of
referendum ; but the representatives of Turkey, who desired to qualify an
tneir signature by reservations which virtually annulled the whole
Convention, were not permitted to sign ; and the representative of
India abstained from signing as the Government
yet decided to adhere to the Convention,
of Great Britain were as follows:—(1) that
His Majesty^s Government to the assembling of
mission for the Eevision of the Turkish Sanitary Tariff—one object
of which would be to authorise the advance of funds for the Hormuz
station—was conditional on a prominent position being given by the
Commission in its programme to the reduction of the sanitary dues at
Turkish ports ; (2) that the decisions of the Commission in voting funds
for the Hormuz scheme must be unanimous; and (3) that no steps should
be taken for the construction of the H ormuz station until the Constan
tinople Board of Health had been reorganised in the manner agreed upon
by the 1 Conference. The further views of His Majesty^s Government
having first been stated, viz., that it had been proved by recent experi
ence that no sanitary station at Hormuz was necessary for the sanitary
defence of the Gulf and that in view of the collapse of the ^Oqair station
it was doubtful whether climatic conditions would admit of the mainten
ance of a post at Hormuz, the Conference allowed the British reserva
tions to be registered.
The Convention has not yet (1906) been ratified by Great Britain, for Non-ratifica-
reasons which will appear below. Convention^ 16
by Great
The Mixed Commission, already once referred to in connection with the
Constantinople Board of Health, was convened early in 1905 for the
fifth time in its history, and in 1906 its sittings still continued j the
principal objects which it had in view were to obtain payment of a debt
due by the Turkish Government to the Board of Health, to regulate the
pay and pensions of the employes of the Board, to provide funds for the
repair of Turkish lazarets, and to obtain—if possible a reduction of the
sanitary dues payable at Turkish ports. The proceedings showed that the
Board of Health had accumulated a reserve of more than £T 268,000 and
that the Ottoman Government were in debt to the Board to the extent of
£T150,000,—an obligation regarding the discharge of which, however, there
were serious difficulties. In view of this superfluity of funds the Biitish
representative on the Commission, Dr.Clemow, pressed for a reduction of
the Turkish Sanitary Tariff by 25 per cent., and on his motion a number
of useless or nearly useless sanitary posts were suppressed; none of these,
however, were in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. . A sum of £T 20,000 was also
allotted for the improvement of the existing sanitary establishment at
Basrah, a measure to which the British delegates at the Paris Conference
had drawn attention as being of greater utility than the establishment of
a new post at the entrance of the Gulf. No grant at all was made for the
proposed station at Hormuz, and a motion by the Kussian delegate that
Peman Gulf
scheme frus
trated by the
M ixed Com

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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' [‎2541] (1058/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 23 July 2024]

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