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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2582] (1099/1262)

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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 autumn of 1906^ the following' consignments of arms were
reported to have reached the Persian Makran coast :—
Increased but
efforts of the
Eoyal Navy
to check the
traffic., 1006-
Date of lauding.
Place of landing.
Number of rifles.
18th October.
26th do.
1st November.
5th do.
5th do.
10th do.
The second of these consignments was
Khan of Gaih
the Customs Mudir of Chahbar.
and the boat which brought the last was
seized^ under pressure^ by the
confiscated by
During the winter of 1906-1907 ; under instructions issued in Decem
ber 1906 by Yice-Admiral Sir E. S. Poe ; the efforts by sea to stop the
importation of arms and ammunition into Persian Makran were resumed
and redoubled. At least one gunboat was continuously engaged during
the next three or four months in patrolling the coast between Chah
bar and Jashk; ingenious expedients were adopted to defeat the watchful
ness of the smugglers^ who had ; it was believed^ a system of signals ; and
wireless telegraphy was utilized as a means of communication between
ships: but the task proved impossible^ and the only result was a
heavy and unremunerative expenditure of coal. Successful elusions were
of frequent occurrence, and it appeared that the destination of vessels
carrying arms was now generally altered after leaving Masqat,—a precau
tion which frustrated every attempt to obtain useful intelligence through
informers. On the 5th of January 1907 a vessel left Masq&t for the
Makran coast carrying 300 rifles, and on the 13th was followed by another
with 400 ; but, though these departures were telegraphed to Jashk and
H.M.S. "Lapwing^ and "Redbreast'' kept a sharp lookout along
the Persian coast, both apparently succeeded in reaching their destination.
Again, between the 3rd and the 5th of March, three Badans carrying arms
purchased by Afghans at Masqat, left 'that port, and H.M.S.
c< Proserpineon receipt of the news made vigorous search for them
along the opposite coast and examined a number of sailing vessels, but
without result; later, it became known that on the 7th of the month
about 1,000 rifles had been landed at J agin by a large vessel belonging- to
Dibai, to which, as subsequent inquiry showed, they had been transferred
from the Badans off Masna^ah. At this time there were about 100
Afghans present in M asqat, more than half of whom appeared to be living
there at the expense of M. Goguyer, the French arms merchant. On
the 12th of March another vessel with arms left Masqat and on the
i8th succeeded in discharging her cargo at Gabrig, where H. M.S.
^ Redbreast ^ had examined four native boats only 48 hours before,
and where H.M.S. " Proserpine" arrived a few hours afterwards

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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' [‎2582] (1099/1262), 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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