Stuart Horsman: David Lorimer – Consul in Khuzestan, Kerman & Baluchistan 1903-1917
November 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
David Lorimer, apart from his political and military duties as consul during those turbulent times, was a noted scholar and linguist. He studied Persian and the dialects of the Bakhtiari country, of Kerman and of the Gabri. When working in India he wrote a standard work on Burushaski, a language spoken only in the Karakoram, as well as a number of other languages. His wife published a number of folk stories collected on their travels.
Lorimer was primarily a military officer rather than a linguist. He was often assigned to collect information on significant people, roads, strategic sites, and do other intelligence-gathering functions. His other activities in Iran comprised of establishing friendly relations with tribal chieftains and dignitaries and using this influence to further British policy in the region. There are abundant documents showing Lorimer’s crucial role as an intelligence officer in southern Iran between 1903 and 1909. This includes a report on Bakhtiari chieftains and their internal relations as well as the attitude of each towards the British. It contains a detailed evaluation of the personal character of each tribal head, and the specific relations prevailing between the various tribal chieftains. The importance of his activities in southern Iran cannot be underestimated, considering the vital British interest in Iranian oil and the geopolitical importance of the region for India’s security.
Stuart Horsman is a member of our council and has been studying the life and work of Lorimer.
The lecture will be held on 15th November at 7pm at the Army & Navy Club