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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2642] (1159/1262)

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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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next in those of the Afghan ruler, whose foreign relations are in our hands. Countries
and Powers which are thus placed in relation to each other can hardly fail to develop,
and ou^ht to encourage, the closest connections; and the more that those who are
responsible for their administration see of each other and learn of each other's views
and needs, the better must it be for both.
I think that I have said enough, therefore, to show that if it is a novel thing it is
yet no unnatural thing that the Viceroy of India should come here to pay you a visit
and to see how Indian interests and Indian subjects are faring in this allied aud
adjacent country. Perhaps in my own case the instification is not weakened by the
fact that I have for many years taken a deep interest in Persia, and have always
entertained the warmest desire that the ancient friendship between the British
Government and the illustrious Sovereign of this country should be strengthened and
deepened as time goes on.
Gentlemen, I concur with yon in thinking that it would be a great advantage to
you to be connected by telegraph with the outer world ; and nothing would give me
greater pleasure than to be instrumental, with the good offices of the Persian Govern
ment, in bringing about such a consummation. In conclusion let me offer you my
best wishes for your continued and increasing prosperity in the future.
Visit to In the afternoon the Viceregal party landed on the islands of Hormuz
Hormuz and arir | visiting the Portuguese Fort on Hormuz and the town of
Qishm; the reception by the natives of Qishm o£ their unexpected guests
was remarkable for its cordiality^ and an ode in honour of the occasion
was improvised and recited on the spot by a local bard. These visits to
the islands afforded further material for a discussion between Lord Curzon,
Sir A. Hardinge and Kear-Admiral Atkinson-Willes of the question of
naval defence and strategy at the mouth of the Gulf. In the evening the
town of Bandar 'Abbas was illuminated^ but a display of fireworks which
had been arranged was countermanded on account of the death of a Persian
princess^ a daughter of His Majesty the Shah.
Examination of Hanjam, the southern coast of Qishm, and Basidu the
23rd and 24th November. ?ei
The squadron^ which halted for the night off Qishm town, reached ^
Hanjam at dawn on the morning of the 23rd of November^ and a visit
was paid to the site of the former British telegraph station; the result of
the observations made here, and subsequently at Basidu, was to convince
both the Viceroy and the Naval Commander-in-Chief that Hanjam was ^
a better point than Basidu both for landing a submarine cable to establish ^
telegraphic connection with Bandar 'Abbas, and for a signalling station g
at the mouth of the Gulf. From the Hanjam anchorage the " Lawrence^, ai
with the Viceroy, and H.M S. ^ Sphinx ^ carrying the Naval Comman- ^
der-in-Chief, started in the early morning of the 24th and coasted ^
along the southern shore of Qishm ; a landing was made at two places
near the Namakdan salt caves. In the evening the two ships reached
Basidu, having followed the inner channel which adjoins the south-west
ern corner of Qishm Island. At Basidu the Viceroy's party went on
shore about 5 p.m ., and the site of the British station there was

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2642] (1159/1262), 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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