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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1792] (309/1262)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (1165 pages). It was created in 1915. It was written in English and Arabic. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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of tlie Agent
to Mr. Skipp.
Trade and
other diffi
culties at
the Ka'ab; but the British authorities at Basrah considered that tlie
proceedings of the Persian Envoy had been such as to render unnecessarj,
and even improper^ any further correspondence with the tribe, and they
therefore proceeded to act upon their instructions without delay.
The British Agent at Basrah was now a Mr. Henry Moore; whoge
personality was to exercise a peculiar and by no means beneficial
influence upon the negotiations with Karim Khan ; and a first sign of his
eccentricity appeared in the manner in which he modified the orders of
the Presidency The name given to each of the three divisions of the territory of the East India Company, and later the British Raj, on the Indian subcontinent. in conveying them to Mr. Skipp. In one sense
Mr. Moore^s interference was cautious, for he did not withhold any of the
commands of the Government, and he even urged Mr. Skipp to pay due
heed to them all; but at the same time he suggested that they were not
of a binding nature and put forward in place of them a number of sug
gestions of his own, of which the principal were that the Vakil Elected representative or attorney, acting in legal matters such as contracting marriage, inheritance, or business; a high-ranking legal official; could also refer to a custodian or administrator. should be
pressed to co-operate for the destruction " of the Ka^ab, or, failing that,
to arrange a firm and lasting peace between the Chaub on the one part,
the Turks and us on the other,^ on a basis of payment of full compensa"
tion for English and Turkish losses, together with El,00^000 on account
of the expenses of the expedition equipped by the Company, and of the
recognition by the Persians of the country dependent on Qubban —
though not of that dependent on Doraq — as subject to Turkish
In short, it would appear that Mr. Skipp received virtual discretion
to make the best terms that he could with Karim Khan in respect of
compensation and all other matters^ and to pay as much or as little heed
as he chose to the views of his superiors at Bombay. Mr. Skipp appears
to have left Basrah for Bushehr, on his way to Shiraz, about the middle
of April 1767: he took with him an introduction from the Persian Envoy,
special letters for Karim Khan from the Governor of Bombay and the
Agent at Basrah, and presents to the value of Rl0,000. The valuation
handed to him of the ships a Sally " and Fort Williamand their
cargoes amounted to RS,90,930.
It.should be mentioned here that, perhaps in consequence of the enter
prise against Mir Mahanna in which Mr. Jervis had, engaged in 1765,
the Court of Directors The London-based directors of the East India Company who dealt with the daily conduct of the Company's affairs. in May 1766 prohibited the Resident at Bushehr
from corresponding with the Vakil Elected representative or attorney, acting in legal matters such as contracting marriage, inheritance, or business; a high-ranking legal official; could also refer to a custodian or administrator. or ruler of Persia for the time being in
any important matter^ such as the obtaining of new settlements or
grants, unless under the instructions of the Agent and Council at
Basrah, and from deputing any person to represent him at Karim Khan's
court or at Shiraz. Mr. Jervis, however, before the receipt of these orders

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This volume is Volume I, Part II (Historical) of the Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , ’Omān and Central Arabia (Government of India: 1915), compiled by John Gordon Lorimer and completed for press by Captain L Birdwood.

Part II contains an 'Introduction' (pages i-iii) written by Birdwood in Simla, dated 10 October 1914, 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Tables' (pags v-viii), and 'Detailed Table of Contents' (ix-cxxx). These are also found in Volume I, Part IA of the Gazetteer (IOR/L/PS/20/C91/1).

Part II consists of three chapters:

  • 'Chapter X. History of ’Arabistān' (pages 1625-1775);
  • 'Chapter XI. History of the Persian Coast and Islands' (pages 1776-2149);
  • 'Chapter XII. History of Persian Makrān' (pages 2150-2203).

The chapters are followed by nineteen appendices:

Extent and format
1 volume (1165 pages)

Volume I, Part II is arranged into chapters that are sub-divided into numbered periods covering, for example, the reign of a ruler or regime of a Viceroy, or are arbitrarily based on outstanding land-marks in the history of the region. Each period has been sub-divided into subject headings, each of which has been lettered. The appendices are sub-divided into lettered subject headings and also contain numbered annexures, as well as charts. Both the chapters and appendices have further subject headings that appear in the right and left margins of the page. Footnotes appear occasionally througout the volume at the bottom of the page which provide further details and references. A 'Detailed Table of Contents' for Part II and the Appendices is on pages cii-cxxx.

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The foliation sequence is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. It begins on the first folio with text, on number 879, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 1503.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1792] (309/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 21 February 2024]

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