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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2579] (1096/1262)

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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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in the Karwan district until a sufficient number had been collected to
load a caravan. Commander Somerville^s principal suggestions were that
a ship based on Jashk, or preferably on Chahbar, should be employed to
patrol the coast, and that the movements of Afghans trying to procure
camel transport near the coast should be carefully watched by the employes
of the Indo-European Telegraph Department.
A little later, Vice-Admiral Poe himself visited the Gulf and reported Vice- Admiral
to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty on the subject of the traffic ^ >0 ® ,s ^port.
in arms. He thought that there was little hope of the trade being sup
pressed by the British war vessels on the station, which were too large and
drew too much water for the purpose, especially as their whereabouts must
always be well known and their movements were carefully watched by the
Arabs. He anticipated good results, however, from the possession by
the Persian Imperial Customs of some steam launches, which had recently
been built for them at Bombay.
The next event of importance in connection with the trade was the ^P uta ^oii
deputation of Captain F. McConaghey, Assistant Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. in ^Conaghey'
British Makran and Commandant of the Makran Levy Corps, to Persian to Persian
Makran, to confer with the local officials and with a representative whom Maki-an
the Persian Government proposed to send from Tehran. Captain April to June
McConaghey marched along the coast from Pasni via Gwadar to Chah- 1906 *
bar, where he met with Mirza Mahmud Khan, the local Mudir of
Customs, who had in the meantime been substituted for the delegate from
Tehran. The party left Chahbar on the 18th of April, and, after visiting
Parag, Kair, Bir, Bandani, Tank and Galag by the way, arrived at a
camp near Balak on the Rapch river. As the Governor of Bampur,
the Sa'ad-ud-Dauleh, who was then at Gaih, could not be induced to
come down to the coast. Captain McConaghey and Mirza Mahmud
Khan started on the 1st of May for Gaih, which they reached, via
Bint, on the 7th. With much difficulty, after 10 days' persuasion,
the Governor consented to return with the delegates to the Karwan
district on the Rapch river, which was clearly shown to be the prin
cipal seat of the trade. Here, on the 27th of May, the Sa^ad-ud-Dauleh
held a public Darbar A public or private audience held by a high-ranking British colonial representative (e.g. Viceroy, Governor-General, or member of the British royal family). at which he informed the Chief of Gaih and
the notables and headmen present that the importation of arms into
Persia by sea was strictly prohibited between Chahbar and Sadaich,
and that they would be held responsible for preventing it.
A regular agreement also, dated 26th May 1906, was executed , ree _
in acknowledgment of this obligation by 13 headmen of the district ^ ent, 26th
affected, was endorsed by Said Khan, Chief of Gaih, and was May 1906.
attested by the Sa^ad-ud-Dauleh, by Captain McConaghey and by
Mirza Mahmud Khan. A little later it was formally accepted at
Chahbar by the Ittila/-ud-Dauleh, Karguzar of Muhammareh, whom
the Persian Government had deputed as a second representative or
their part to deal with the question of the arms traffic in Southern
Persia. The text of this Agreement forms Annexure No. 5 to the
present Appendix.
The investigations of Captain McConaghey threw much fresh light
upon the new conditions of the trade. He found that almost every ^ptain 7
inhabitant of the Karwan district was armed with some sort of breech- MoCona-
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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' [‎2579] (1096/1262), 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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