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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎578] (721/1782)

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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in addition to other smaller purchases, a large plot of land on the sea-
front, extending from the British Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. to the Sultan's
customs house, was acquired from Ratansi Parshotam, an Indian
merchant, at a cost of Rs. 50,000 ; and a house was erected thereon for the
Ag-ency Surgeon, besides quarters for the telegraph establishment and the
Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. clerks. While Dr. Jayakar was Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. Surgeon, for 23 years
ending in 1900, he had resided in a house of his own at Matrah; and
before 1901 there were no telegraph officials, and the political clerks
had been accustomed to find accommodation as best they could in the
native town.
From 1900 onwards efforts were made at intervals by various Political
Agents and Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. Surgeons to obtain, entirely for the benefit of Arab
and other native patients, an improvement of the buildings and equipment
of the dispensary attached to the British Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. ; but, though the
Government of India in 1902 added a compounder to the staff at their
own expense, the Sultan and native community gave little assistance, and
Government, in view of their apathy, took no further steps.
Besides the above, some expenditure was incurred by the Govern
ment of India in efforts to improve the harboir at Masqat, and espe
cially the facilities for landing or communicating vith the shore in bad
weather. In 1903 a sum of Rs, 3,000 was grarted for the commence
ment of an experimental coal jetty in the Makallah cove, and a farther
amount of over Rs. 8,000 was subsequently allotted for the purpose of
carrying on the work. A scheme for a breakwater on the east side of
the harbour near its head and another for a pier opposite to the British
Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. were also discussed; but in 1904 it was decided in
the first place to try whether the case could not be met by deepening
the Duwairah channel, so as to provide a new and sheltered entrance to
the harbour, and money was allotted for the work.
Internal history of'Oman after 1899.
The narrative of recent internal affairs in 'Oman has been postponed
to the end because of the much greater importance, during the time in
question, of the Anglo-French contest, which for a long time absorbed
the Sultan s attention and sometimes, even in domestic questions, restricted
his freedom of action very considerably.

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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)
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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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