The collection comprises the linguistic papers of Lieutenant-Colonel David Lockhart Robertson Lorimer, relating to his work on Burushaski, Khowar, Shina, Bakhtiari, Karmani Persian and Gabri. Also includes photographs and film of a field trip to the Hunza Valley, North West Pakistan in the mid-1930s.
Lorimer, Lieutenant-Colonel David Lockhart Robertson
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 102 PP MS 66
- Dates of Creationc 1906-1948
- Language of MaterialEnglish , Persian and the manuscript material appears in Burushaski, Khowar, Shina, Bakhtiari, Karmani Persian and Gabri.
- Physical Description62 boxes, 1 trunk
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Administrative / Biographical History
David Lockhart Robertson Lorimer was born on 24 December 1876. He entered the Indian Army in 1896. From 1898-1903 he served with the Q.V.O. Corps of Guides, and was seconded with the Khalibar Rifles from 1901-1903. He entered the Indian Political Service in 1903, serving with them until 1924. His posts included H.B.M.S. Vice-Consul for Arabistan (1903-1909); Political Agent, Bahrein (1911-1912); H.M. Consul, Kerman and Persian Baluchistan, and ex-officio Assistant to the Political Resident, Persian Gulf (1912-1914); Assistant Political Agent, Chitral (1915); on field service with the I.E.F.D., Mesopotamia, and Civil Governor Am?ra (1915-1916); H.M. Consul Kerman and Persian Baluchistan (1916-1917); Political Agent, Loralai, Baluchistan (1920), and Political Agent, Gilgit (1920-1924). Lorimer was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, 1933-1935. He also received an honorary fellowship of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in 1953.
Lorimer's publications included Syntax of Colloquial Pashtu (1915); Persian Tales (1919); The Phonology of the Bakhtiari, Badakshani, and Madaglashti Dialects of Modern Persian (1922); The Burushaski Language, Volumes I and II (1935), and Volume III (1938); The Dum?ki Language (1939), and The Wakhi Language (1958).
The material has been arranged into groups according to dialect/language.
Conditions Governing Access
Bequeathed to SOAS in 1962
Other Finding Aids
Associated Material held elsewhere: Family correspondence (1919-1933) [ref. MSS Eur F 177], and correspondence and papers (1921-1957) [ref. MSS Eur D 1168] are held at the British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections.
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