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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2585] (1102/1262)

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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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five arms caravans for Afghanistan had started during 1907 from the
Makran coast, of which only the two attacked at Kacha had passed
through British territory: the first one and the last two of the series had
travelled on Persian soil the whole way from the sea to the Afghan border.
By the failure of the means tried for the repression of smuggling—'
except the measures taken in British territory, through which there was
no necessity that importers should pass—the reader will have been
prepared to learn that the Afghan trade up to the end of 1907 continued
in a flourishing condition. The arrival of the following consignments
from Masqat on the coast of Persian Makran were reported during the
months which followed the seizure at Kacha
ed pros
perity of the
arms trade
with Afgha
nistan, 1907.
Date of landing.
Ist May
2nd do.
12th do.
23rd do.
25th do.
Do* do.
26th do.
29th do.
30th do.
Do. do.
23rd Jane
9th July
2l8t do.
28th do.
18th August
22nd do.
Place of landing.
Near Humdan.
20 miles west of (Jalag.
Number of rifles.
The importers of these rifles were in most cases subjects of the
Baluchi Khans of Persian Makran, and the real consignees were stated,
in some instances, to be the Khans themselves. In the month of October
1907 it was reported by the 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. at Masqat that rifles were
beinff carried over by Baluchis to the Makran coast at the rate of 200 a
week, a statement which, by the information reaching the telegraph
officers on the Persian side, was fully confirmed.
Meanwhile it had been shown that Sir Nauroz Khan, Nausherwani, Kharan Am
of Kharan in British Baluchistan, while preventing the passage of arms Agreement,
caravans through his territory, was accustomed to purchase a number of °™ 7 J u v
Masqat rifles from Jalk and Dizak and to take others by way of fine
from caravans crossing his border. As there was reason to fear that he

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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' [‎2585] (1102/1262), 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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