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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎257] (400/1782)

The record is made up of 2 volumes (1624 pages). It was created in 1915. It was written in English. 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.


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6th.—If fpracticable, a serviceable road* should be made from the settlement along
the coast line to the so-called Pirate Towns and F orts. A good'oaravansarai should be
erected at the settlement terminus of this line, for the convenience of all travellers, and
I believe that the free, frequent, friendly, and beneficial interchange of visits which
would then ensue, as between the maritime Arabs and the settlement, Trould do more to
civilize the former and to open up Arabia to commerce and progress, than would do all
the menaces that a Resident might fulminate from Bushire, and than all the annual
visits of state that could be made before the year 1900 ; a little leaven leaveneth the
whole lump ;'and strong healthy life expels disease by its very nature.
7th.—Notification should be made of the freedom of the port, and all people should
be invited to settle there without any other condition than that of paying rent or pur
chase money for the ground they might secure, and of becoming subject to any munici
pal rules which the community might impose on itself.
8th.—No Turkish wall, no works with plunging fire would |be required. Persons
entering the settlem ent must come unarmed, and if any outrage occurred, punishment,
severe but pro mpt, should be administered, and no further altercation or retaliation
dreamed of.
9th.—'The officer entrusted with the charge of the settlement should have full powers
until all was settled. He could never have a fair chance of success if subordinates,
whether afloat or ashore, were allowed to cavil or offer the vis inertiae.
10th,—The Naval force should consist of two handy screw steamers. Vessels on
the more recent plan as to engines, would be most efficient and cheapest in the long run.
The title of Commodore or Senior Naval Officer (which in practice is only another
name for Commodore, with the extra inconven ience of the officer by reason of his real
want of rank being more than commodorely jealous of his dignity)|should have no place
in tUs little armament. The vessels should be attached to the chief of the settlement,
and should be wholly at his disposal whether for anti-slave work, telegraph communi
cation, suppression of piracy, conveyance of the chief to other points of Gulf, and for
miscellaneous cruising and maintenance of peace along the pearl bank. As a general
rule, one vessel should be on the move, the other in harbour ready to relieve or to meet
11th.—The functions of Government, and the actions of Government servants in
the settlement should be limited to the removal of obstacles, to the maintenance of the
peace, to the protection of commerce, in so far as to render its development really free
and unmolested, and to the erection of remunerative public works, such as telegraph
office, a post office, bridges, wells, etc. For the rest, the settlement should be allowed
to grow of itself.
12th.—Muscat, whose interests and territories are thoroughly interlaced with those
of its neighbours about Mussundoom, should form part of the Mussundoom charge ;
there might be a Native Agent Non-British agents affiliated with the British Government. in the town of Muscat; and the one now at Sharga
might go there.
13th.—There should be a Vice-Consul under the Minister at Bushire, and who,
though directly subordinate to the Foreign Office, might correspond upon Gulf affairs
with the chief at Mussundoom.
5. The proposed settlement would flourish, I think, under any officer who would use
common sense on its administration, and leave commerce andpeople in general to manage
* From the hasty glimpse I had of this coast in 1857,1 fear that a road could not
be made between the Elphinstone Inlet and Eas-al-Khyma. But the distance is short
by sea ; and,from Ras-al-Khyma northward, along the Pirate Coast itself, the coast
is low and easily traversed.

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Theses two volumes make up Volume I, Part IA and Part IB (Historical) (pages i-778 and 779-1624) of the Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , ’Omān and Central Arabia (Government of India: 1915), compiled by John Gordon Lorimer and completed for press by Captain L Birdwood.

Part 1A contains an 'Introduction' (pages i-iii) written by Birdwood in Simla, dated 10 October 1914. There is also a 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Tables' (page v-viii) and 'Detailed Table of Contents' (pages ix-cxxx), both of which cover all volumes and parts of the Gazetteer .

Parts IA and IB consist of nine chapters:

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2 volumes (1624 pages)

Volume I, Part I has been divided into two bound volumes (1A and 1B) for ease of binding. Part 1A contains an 'Introduction', 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Trees' and 'Detailed Table of Contents'. The content is arranged into nine chapters, with accompanying annexures, that relate to specific geographic regions in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. . The chapters are sub-divided into numbered periods according, for example, to 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 annexures focus on a specific place or historical event. Further subject headings also appear in the right and left margins of the page. Footnotes appear occasionally at the bottom of the page to provide further details and references.

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Foliation: 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. The sequence runs through parts IA and IB as follows:

  • Volume I, Part IA: The sequence begins on the first folio with text, on number 1, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 456. Total number of folios: 456. Total number of folios including covers and flysheets: 460.
  • Volume I, Part IB: The sequence begins on the first folio with text, on number 457, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 878. It should be noted that folio 488 is followed by folio 488A. Total number of folios: 423. Total number of folios including covers and flysheets: 427.
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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎257] (400/1782), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/1, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 24 April 2019]

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