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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2604] (1121/1262)

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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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tive appendix
to the
interpreters or dragomanand student interpreters, were admitted to a
similar privilege, along with professional Consuls and Vice-Consuls, and
the interpreters and non-Persian secretaries of Consulates ; the corre
spondence, including parcels, of foreign Embassies, Legations and Con
sulates was not to be subject to examination ; and ordinary mail bags,
containing letters only, were also to be passed free of scrutiny provided
they had been regularly closed and sealed by a foreign post office, and
that they were handed over to the agents of the Persian Post Office.
Provision was also made for the establishment of warehouses and bonded
warehouses; and the articles relating to frauds and contraventions were
drawn up in the terms agreed on between Russia and Persia, to which
reference has already been made.
The Reglement was followed by a table which showed the location
and grouping of all the customs posts either established or proposed to be
established in Persia, together with the status and functions of each.
In the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. two main divisions were constituted, styled respec
tively " ' Arabistan " and a I he South.^ ^Arabistan was given only one
a principal ^ post—Muhammareh ; the South had three-Bushehr,
Lingeh, and Bandar ^Abbas. At the principal posts every kind of
customs business might be transacted; but the numerous subsidiary
posts were only authorised to deal with coasting craft running between
one Persian port and another, and with sailing vessels engaged in foreign
Progress of the Imperial Persian Customs in the Gulf, 1902-04.
Creation o£ a
separate cus
toms division
of 'Arabis-
tan, 1903.
Vessels pro
vided for the
The tables of posts at the end of this Appendix are evidence of the
unremitting industry of the Customs Administration in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran.
during the time that the Declarations of 1901 and 1903 and the Regle-
ment itself were undep discussion, and afterwards.
The customs of 'Arabistan, after the controversy with the Shaikh had
been settled as described in the history of that province, were brought
under direct management with effect from September 1902; and in
February 1903, after they had been for some months managed by the
Director-General at Bushehr, the ^Arabistan Customs were constituted
a separate division under M. WafOelaert as the first separate Director-
Steps were also taken to improve the general efficiency of the
preventive establishment. At the beginning of 1903 the Belgian steam
yacht" Selika "—which in 1901 had achieved a certain political notoriety
in the Persian G ulf—was purchased from Europe and, under the name
of " Mozafder/^ was employed for the prevention of smuggling; she
carried a couple of small Hotchkiss guns and was officered in the begin-
ning by four Europeans, two of whom were engineers, but later the
places of the European engineers were taken by natives of Baghdad.
In the autumn of 1903 funds were provided for the purchase of 5 armed
sea-going steam-launches of 10 knots for the preventive service ; in the
following year the contract for their construction was placed by the
# Vide page 2247 ante.

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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' [‎2604] (1121/1262), 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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