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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎608] (751/1782)

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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l«?Q r 7i tendencies; and, when in April ]869 Xasir, a son of the Sultan
Tbuwaini, escaped from detention at Masqat and arrived at (iwadar the
people received him with open arm-; and expelled Saivid Saif in his
favour. 'Azzan wished to send a force to re-instate the displaced TVali
but the preservation of the maritime peace in th^ Gulf of "'OmaE. as well
as in the Gulf of Persia, was at this time a part of the policy of the
British Government ; and an interdict was placed by Colonel Disbrowe
the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Masqat, upon the sailing- of the intended expe
dition A little later the idea of attacking Afasqat was mooted by
NasL'-bin-Thuwaini, which obliged Major Ross, the Assistant Political
Agent at Gwadar, to address to him a similar prohibition. 'Azzan-bin-
Qais. however, continued to press for permission to attack Gwadar
which he regarded as part of his hereditary dominions, in a regular
m»nner ; and eventually, as his relations with the British authorities
inproyed, the latter became disposed to concede the point. The desired
authorisation, however, was withheld until 'Azzan should have been
officially recognised by the British Government —a condition which in
consequence of his premature death was never fulfilled. Nevertheless
in February 1869, an annual payment of Ks. 1,500 to the ruler of Masqat
was sanctioned by the Government of India on account of telegraph
facilities afforded at Gwadar and Chahbar, two-thirds of the sum beino"
it was understood, on account of the former port.
At the end of January 1870, Saiyid 'Abdul'Aziz, son of the late
Sultan Sa'id and younger brother of Saiyid Turki who was 'Azzan's
principal rival, appeared off Gwadar in a native coasting vessel and was
decoyed ashore and seized by Nasir-bin-Thuwaini ; but the latter, pre-
feuing to deport lathei than to imprison him, at the suggestion of
Major Ross sent his captive to Bushehr in a British maiT steamer
In October 1870, in consequence of a report that 'Abdui 'Aziz was about
to attack the place, alarm prevailed at Gwadar; and the Indian traders
there were allowed to take refuge in the British telegraph station
r lhis arrangement was objected to by Dahu-bin-Muhammad, the African
Wazir of the Arab Wall of Gwadar, who one day appeared in the office
and presented a pistol at the head of Mr. Possmann, then in charge *
but Mr. Possmann struck the weapon out of his hand with a ruler',
and his followers were cleared off the premises by the telegraph staff!
Two days later Major Ross, who had been absent, returned from
Karachi with the "Dagmar " and the I.M.S. " Kwangtung " ; and on
the following day, under threat of a bombardment of the^ fort, Dahu
gave himself up and was removed to India, where he was detained as a
political prisoner for two years.
c a - y -j Tin-ki-bm-Sa'id succeeded 'Azzan-bin-Qais at Masqat,
Saiyid "Abdul n ib Wthe 1 ai yd Abdul Aziz, already mentioned, after declining the
'^iz, command of an expedition ag-ainst Sohar and the prospective governor-
1871 -72. ship of that place, crossed over in June 1871 to Gwadar, and established
himself there in place of Nasir-bin-Thuwaini, who had meanwhile
taken ship for Zanzibar. At his arrival the functions of government
were apparently being carried on in the name of Sayid Turki, but
mos me cientlv, by a Baluchi who had once been a peon on the
staff of the British Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. . The action of 'Abdul 'Aziz was
not apparently authorised by Saiyid Turki, but neither did he at once
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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' [‎608] (751/1782), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/1, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 19 January 2019]

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