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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎625] (768/1782)

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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be of such importance that he returned to Masqat with Colonel Stewart,
R.E., the Director of the telegraph operations^ and asked Saiyid Thuwaini
to state in writing-, for purposes of official record, whether Maqlab
itself and the villages of Habalain and Maqaqah, between
which the telegraph line crossed the isthmus, were part of His
Highnesses territory, and whether he agreed to certain local dispositions
proposed by the telegraph officials. In reply, in a communication dated
2l6t February 1864, the Sultan with reference to "Maqlab, Khasab and
their neighbourhood •" stated categorically "These are all my country
and my dependents, no one has any concern with themand he assented
to the suggestions regarding details of construction. From local
enquiries, made later, it seemed certain that Kumzar and Khasab on the
western coast, together with the villages between them, actually
acknowledged the sovereignty of the Sultan of 'Oman; but some
doubt remained as to the status of the inhabitants of Film, Shabus, and
Shisah on the eastern side of the promontory, who were said to be
virtually independent while at home and to become subjects of the
Shaikh of the Sharjah in the date season, when they were accustomed
to migrate to Dibah. On the other hand no claim to any part of
Ruus-al-Jibal was openly advanced by the Shaikh of Sharjah, and it
was stated that, in reply to a reference from the Shaikh of Maqaqah,
Sultan-bin-Saqar had merely ordered that the telegraph operations
should not be opposed in any way.
The undispelled doubts in regard to jurisdiction at Maqlab continued
for some time to exercise the Government of Bombay; but they clearly
inclined to the view that the tract belonged to Masqat. The
question whether the telegraph station should be regarded as lying in
the official district of the Consul at Masqat or in that of the
Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. 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. , between whom at this time
there was some friction, was decided by the Bombay Government on the
iUt of April in favour of the former officer, on the ground that
" it is generally admitted that Mussendom is in the territory of the
Imaum of Muscat and later, on the 5th of July 1S64, the same Gov
ernment ruled that " the Telegraph Islands in the liilphinstone Inlet are
part of the Muscat territory,^ and that consequently 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 should deal with offences committed in Ruus-al-Jibal by British
subjects under his consular instructions, obtaining from the Sultan of
'Oman the requisite authority to dispose of such as might be committed
by others. On the 26th of October 1864 however, on a representation
by Colonel Pelly, Resident 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. , that it was inexpedient
to raise a question of local boundaries and that the contingency of claims
to ownership by the Trucial Shaikhs might be provided for by t t exe
cution of an agreement on their part to protect the British telegraph at al
places in or near their territory, the Government of Bombay lea i >
assented, adding that no investigation of claims had been eithci mtende
or authorised; and, as the Government of India held similar views, an
agreement was obtained in the form suggested, as is related m _ he
history of Trucial 'Oman. The ownership of Ruus-al-Jibal thus remained
indeterminate.
In 1865 a journey was made by land from Dibah to Ras al^ K haimah
by Colonel Disbrowe, 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, and Captain Po^
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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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