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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2572] (1089/1262)

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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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al-'Arab which were of doubtful legality * provoked much resentment at
Kuwait, and led to a British protest. In November 1904 the captain m*
of a British vessel, inexperienced in the work of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , was f •
prevailed on by the Customs authorities at Bandar 'Abbas to hand jfTf,
over some arms brought by native passengers for Kuwait in their i j
personal baggage; his complacency was rewarded by the imposition of '
a fine of 25,000 Q,rans on his ship^ but it was not paid. Finally^ in ^ ^
January 1905, the Bushehr Customs would have confiscated, on board a 8661186
British ship, the military arms of a party of three Turkish officers and i 011 ^
twelve Turkish soldiers belonging to the Hasa garrison, who were ^ ^
returning to headquarters at Basrah ; but the British Eesident was able *6; ti
to transfer the Turks with their arms to a mail steamer for Basrah, under ^
the protection of a British military guard. The British Minister at ittorise
Tehran was privately willing to concede that arms carried as cargo but not iincreai
entered in a ship^s manifest, as well as arms declared to be personal icontrolk
baggage but excessive in number, might be seized in Persian ports on ktini-He
suspicion of being intended for Persia ; but he firmly resisted the claim %alon(
to seize arms consigned to non-Persian ports, and he considered that even mses of
to place such arms under seal while in Persian waters was a vexatious us of cart
and unnecessary precaution.
The trade in Makran,, 1898-1905. into ii
Institution The arms and ammunition trade in Persian and British Makran .
of theTrad notwitllstallL( i iQ g' t ^ e proximity of the Makran coast to the Masqat iUthouo
# market, of somewhat tardy development. The Persian expedition of ?ioii Wag b
1897-98 against the Karwanis, described in the history of Persian iieiyi n ^
Makran, showed that modern rifles were at that time scarce in the leernedt]
country ; but immediately after, or even during the operations^ a more or mi .
less brisk traffic seems to have sprung up. In February 1898 twenty ?0
packets of Martini-Henry ammunition were found in the house of a ^
headman of Pasni in British Makran, and, in the same month, three ■ een . c
Pathans in possession of a Martini-Henry carbine were arrested at
Ormarah in the same district j the offenders in the second case proved to ^
be Powindas of the Dera Ismail Khan District in the North-West ? rs of
Frontier Province of India, who, after making a pilgrimage to Baghdad,
had purchased twenty rifles at Masqat and, in attempting to carry them j
upcountry, had been robbed of all but one by Nausherwanis of Kolwa. ^
At the end of 1901 the number of rifles in Persian Makran was found ^ of
to have increased to a surprising^ extent; some of the chiefs possessed ^ k
Lee-Metfords; and, about this time, a consignment of twenty rifles and i^^aiu
ten boxes of ammunition destined for the chiefs of Gaih and Qasrkand
was seen in transit between the port of Tank and the interior. The bulk ^ case
- —— — ■- "feed pj
ir^ * ■^? ne vessels seized were Persian ; two of thorn even belonged to the ; a
^ Shaikh of Kuwait personally; the seizures were made on the high %. f
waters ln 0ne 01 m0ie instances ^ the vessels were pursued intj Turkish territorial J ^

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2572] (1089/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 9 December 2023]

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