Lorimer, Lieutenant-Colonel David Lockhart Robertson

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

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.

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


Acquisition Information

Bequeathed to SOAS in 1962

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished handlist

Separated Material

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.

Conditions Governing Use

No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance

Related Material

Related Collections at SOAS: The Art and Archaeology section of SOAS Library also holds a substantial collection of Lorimer material. This comprises some 400 3/4 inch slides mainly of Hunza in Kashmir and Iran in the 1920s and 1930s; 22 cine-films; 761 photographs; 2 albums of photographs taken in northern India and western Iran; hand-written notebooks; Hunza rock and seed samples. A catalogue of the collection Annotations to the late Col David L. R. Lorimer's list of captions in his catalogue of slides for Hunza in the 1920s and 1930s prepared by Julie Flowerday, is available from the Art and Archaeology section.

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