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'GAZETTEER OF PERSIA. VOLUME I' [‎115r] (236/820)

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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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Persia, when rne Russians commenced to take forced labour from them,
and were settled by the Chief of Bujnurd at Incha-i-Bala and Incha-i-
Pain, where they now are. But these are considered to be Bujnurd sub
jects, and do not form part of the Gurgan Guklans. Some 100 other
families of Dilli and Jan Kurbanli sections of the Kai branch are also
said to have lately come from Khiva, and are now settled at Chiklik at the
head of the Kara Balkhan valley.
The revenue assessment of the Guklans in Persian territory is fixed at
6,031 tumdns per annum, which has to be collected by the chief of Bujnurd
wl o has permanent charge of them, and after deducting the pay and
allowances of the 200 savdrs who are now kept up at a cost of about 3,000
tumdns per annum, the balance is paid by the Chief to the credit of the
Astarabad treasury. The Government assessment being fixed, it is thus
to the interest of the Chief and his local deputy to enumerate the Gflklan
at the lowest possible figure (900 or 1,000 families), as all the surplus
revenue derived goes into their own pockets, and were the Persian Govern
ment to get news that the numbers were increased, or the country more
quiet, they would promptly put on an extra assessment.
The following table prepared by Khan Bahadur Maula Bakhsh, under
the supervision of Colonel C. E. Yate, C.M.G., C.I.E., in 1894, gives the
names and numbers of the different sections of the Guklans, in Persian ter
ritory, as they are now said to stand :—
List showing the, tribes and numbers of Gukldn Turkomans in Gurgdn
{Persian territory).
Kava Sakhal
Dehaneh Sakhal
Chakka * ‘ .
y 400
Suffan , ..
: • •
Qarajeh ..
Kui gar
Carried over

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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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