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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2562] (1079/1262)

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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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Seizure of
the « Balu
chistan "in
'Oman waters
by H. M. S.
" Lapwing
permitted to continue in the hands of Persian subjects and foreigners of
non-British nationality j but the Sbah issued an autograph, order
enjoining strict enforcement of the law against all nationalities alike, and
this order seems to have been obeyed with an exactitude unusual in
At Masqat, action was taken with even more striking success.
The " Baluchistan a vessel of 2,409 tons gross tonnage belono-ing to
Messrs. F. C. Strick & Co. (the Anglo-Arabian and Persian S. S. Co.)
of London, which had left Europe towards the end of 1897, was known
to have on board a heavy cargo of arms and ammunition, partly
consigned to Persian ports ; and preparations were accordingly made for
searching her in the territorial waters of 'Oman under the Sultan's pro
clamation of 13th January 1898. The a Baulchistan ^ was stopped
outside Masqat harbour, on the morning of the 24th of January 1898, by
H. M. S. "Lawping", Commander Carr. The destination of the
arms and ammunition originally intended for Persian ports had been
altered in the course of the voyage to " Masqat ; but this was not
considered to affect their liability to seizure, and they were accordingly
landed, to the number of 7,856 rifles and 700,000 rounds of ammu
nition, and deposited in the British Consulate.
An unforeseen difficulty occurred through the refusal of the Sultan to
convene a court to try the seizure, though made under his own authority
in his own territorial waters, and he at first appeared anxious to throw the
entire responsibility on the British Government; but his! objections were
in the end overcome, and the court w r hich he appointed arrived without
difficulty at the satisfactory conclusion that the arms and ammunition
seized were intended for Persian ports, that the change of destination upon
tihe voyage conferred no immunity from seizure, and that the seizure was
in accordance with the Sultan's proclamation of the 13th January 1898
and was consequently legal in every respect.
The arms and ammunition taken remained in deposit at the British
Consulate until the spring of 1900, when, all legal actions arising out of
the matter having been decided, they were made over to the Sultan.
By this time the rifles had suffered much from neglect, and their value
was estimated not to exceed Rs. 25 apiece; but the concession of a claim
on which he had laid much stress, and which at first had been treated by
the Government of India as doubtful, gave great satisfaction to the
Seizure of arms belonging to Messrs. Fracis, Times and
by the Shaikh of Bahrain, 1898.
The growth of a secondary arms depot in Bahrain has already been
mentioned ; and, shortly after the seizures of arms at Bushehr and Masqat,
an important confiscation took place there under the orders of the Shaikh,
m circumstances which it is now necessary to explain.

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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:

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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' [‎2562] (1079/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 8 December 2023]

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