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'GAZETTEER OF PERSIA. VOLUME I' [‎64r] (132/820)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (396 folios). It was created in 1910. 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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The bazar and inhabited part of the town cover a comparatively small
space near the arlc ; and the remainder of the enclosure is filled with
strong walled gardens. There is space for a large number of men ;
and the valley in ordinary seasons* would afford ample supplies of
grain. In the square of the citadel were, in 1874, four old field guns.
Bustam contains five baths, seven mosques and eight water-mills. The
town is divided into four mahallehs, viz., —Mahalleh-i-Bazar, Mahalleh
i-Rangrazan, Mahalleh-i-Sar Asia and Mahalleh-i-Kashaba. The road
from Shahrud to Bustam goes through a level plain. Bustam is an
important position ; for, supposing a Russian force were to be disembark
ed near Ashurada, there is at present nothing to prevent its occupying
the whole of Khorasan, whilst by seizing the important position of
Shahrud-Bustam, they would cover their flank by virtually cutting:
Persia in half. The Persians do not seem to recognize its importance,
as scarcely anything has been done to protect it. There is plenty of water
in the height of summer for a force of 60,000 men. The district is very
productive, and it would be impossible to invest it, if properly fortified.
Bustam is separated from Sbahrud by a bare, rocky hill. (Napier l
MacGregor ? Khanikoff ; Schindler ; Mania Bakhsh.)
A small hamlet containing five families to the north of Rashidabad, at a
little distance from the road in the Nishapur district of Khorasan. (H. M.
A flourishing village in Khorasan, situated in a wide glen in the district
of Kain, formed by a bend in the Isfian and Kuh-i-Siah hills.—(Mew.)
BUTHKUR— Lat. 37° 1' 0" ; Long. 58° 40' 0"—(Stewart).
A village in the Kuchan district of North-Eastern Khorasan, with a
population of 100 families of Za’afaranlu Kurds, who own 150 cattle, 1,200
sheep and goats, 40 camels and 10 horses. The normal annual production
of wheat ajid barley is 9,000 and 7,200 Indian maunds, respectively.
(Oranoffsky, 1894.)
A village in the Jam district of Eastern Khorasan, 10 miles to the south
east of Turbat-i-Shaikh Jam.. The village, which has been recently rebuilt
by the Mu’avin-ul-Aialeh and re-populated with some 50 Bakharzi and
Khafi families, stands on the site of a town which was formerly the capital
of the district.. An old fort in the vicinity is littered with fragments of
pottery, and burnt bricks are extracted from the ruins by the present
inhabitants.— (Sykes, 1905.)
The frontier village of the Kainat, containing 100 houses, and situated
at the base of a high, precipitous hill. Supplies plentiful, water good.
Revenue, 250 iwwaws. Crops, 1,000 fcnmrs. Large^ flocks of sheep and,
goats. The name of the village used to be Burzuabad from BurzQ, th3
48 IB

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The item is Volume I of the four-volume Gazetteer of Persia (1910 edition).

The volume covers the provinces of Astarabad, Shahrud-Bustam, and Khorasan, or such part of them as lies within the following boundaries: on the north the Russo-Persian boundary; on the east the Perso-Afghan boundary; on the south and south-west, a line drawn from the Afghan boundary west through Gazik to Birjand, and the road from Birjand to Kirman, and from Kirman to Yazd; and on the west the road from Yazd to Damghan and thence to Ashraf.

The gazetteer includes entries on villages, towns, administrative divisions, districts, provinces, tribes, halting-places, religious sects, mountains, hills, streams, rivers, springs, wells, dams, passes, islands and bays. The entries provide details of latitude, longitude, and elevation for some places, and information on history, communications, agriculture, produce, population, health, water supply, topography, military intelligence, coastal features, ethnography, trade, economy, administration and political matters.

Information sources are provided at the end of each gazetteer entry, in the form of an author or source’s surname, italicised and bracketed.

The volume contains an index map (from a later edition of the Gazetteer of Persia ), dated January 1917, on folio 397.

The volume also contains a glossary (folios 393-394); and note on weights and measures (folios 394v-395).

Prepared by the General Staff Headquarters, India.

Printed at the Government Monotype Press, India.

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1 volume (396 folios)
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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 398; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. Pagination: the file also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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