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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2627] (1144/1262)

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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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Viceroy in Karachi, were now manned, guards were paraded, the bands
played the National Anthem, and, as the Hardinge 33 steamed to the
front between the divisions, each vessel saluted her with 31 guns. The
(( Hardinge" preceded the squadron till nightfall and then took up a
station astern, where she remained until Masqat was neared. The sea
was smooth, and the relative positions of the ships were so admirably
maintained that the lights of the squadron as seen by the night from
the deck of the " Hardinge " presented an apparently stationary pageant.
Throughout the cruise, both at sea and in port, the ships were dressed
with masthead flags during the hours of daylight,
The visit to Masqat, 18th and 19th November/
Soon after sunrise on the 18th of November the coast of Oman was
sighted,—"an apparently unbroken line of precipitous cliffs, rising
diaphanous and opalescent out of the pale blue waters of the Indian
Ocean/' It had originally been intended to strike the coast in the
vicinity of Ras-al'Hadd and follow it to JMasqat, but time did not
admit of this, and a direct course was accordingly shaped for Masqat,
where the R.I.M.S. " Lawrence" with Colonel KembalJ, British Eesident
in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , and UM.S. a Lapwing" were already lying. As the
squadron entered the harbour at 10-30 a.m . the flagship greeted the port
with a salute of ^1 guns which was returned, gun for gun, by one of the
Sultan's batteries ; and, as soon as the ships had taken up their billets,
a salute of 31 guns was fired by the land batteries as a welcome to His
Excellency the Viceroy. The white town in gala array formed a strange
contrast with the grim cliffs by which it was encircled, a contrast that
found its counterpart in the resplendent hulls of the " Hardinge and
" Lawrence 33 , backed as they were by thtf dark line of warships lying
across the entrance of the harbour.
A deputation from the Sultan shortly arrived on board the
« Harding-e " • it included the Sultan's elder half-brother Saiyid Muham-
mad, the Sultan's eldest son, Saiyid Taimur, by whom the State of
'Oman had been represented at the Delhi Coronation 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). , the Com-
mandant of His Highness's land forces, and the Governor of Matrah A
metrical welcome in Arabic was read by one of the deputation, of whxch
the translation ran as follows :
The welcome and auspicious tidings have reached me, and I have been cheered
with deep andlmpWe happiness at the arrival of His Exalted and Noble Excellency
Lord Curzon. .,
At his coming the suns of joy and gladness have risen and the moons of happiness
and good cheer have shed their light.
All honour be to him of exalted rank and dignity, who comes in th,s great state.
m f>1 - en( j I have deputed my brother and my son, that they may both b e
To this ena J jia l' e]le ^ behalfj ana that they may pay respect to
honoured by mee itig H hi ioious al . r i Ta l j and also as a mark of our joy
«hEir.." jstfy- -«•*• •' "• " oM : "T"- ,
May he never cease to live in honour and splendour, higb repute and prosperity,
as long as the dajs and nights continue. ^
Arrival at
from there

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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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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' [‎2627] (1144/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 8 December 2023]

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