25 File 624 Biographical histories of noteworthy persons; information collected from officials at Muscat, Makran Coast, Gwadar

IOR/R/15/1/186

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The record is made up of 1 volume (430 folios). It was created in Sep 1852-May 1884. It was written in English, Arabic and Persian. 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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The volume contains a collection of biographies of 'noteworthy persons' within the political jurisdiction of the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. . There is some limited correspondence related to the collection of this information, which includes applications made by Edward Charles Ross, Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , to the following:

The majority of the biographies have been submitted via standardised forms with entries for the following; name, father, wife, tribe, residence, and children. Each entry has a biographical history for each subject, while some have both an entry in Arabic, and an entry in English (i.e. a translation). At the back of the volume is a single entry in Persian. The returns for Oman — supplied by the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. and Consul at Muscat — do not follow this format, and are instead supplied as manuscript biographical histories.

The entries are arranged into sections. The first section is not labelled, but may represent the returns from Gwadur. The remaining biographies fall under the following sections:

  • Unlabelled section.
  • Office Copies - Busrah [Basra].
  • Office Copies - Bahrein [Bahrain].
  • Office Copies - Coast of Fars.
  • Office Copies sent to the Foreign Office.
  • For Office Record.

It is noted that the biographical information from the Deputy Director of Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. Telegraphs (i.e. Gwadur) was compiled by Mr McDonall.

Extent and format
1 volume (430 folios)
Arrangement

The biographies are arranged by the region they were returned from, while other copies are arranged by their intended destination/use. These sections are ordered as follows:

  • Unlabelled section.
  • Office Copies - Busrah [Basra].
  • Office Copies - Bahrein [Bahrain].
  • Office Copies - Coast of Fars.
  • Office Copies sent to the Foreign Office.
  • For Office Record.

The very first section is not labelled, but possibly represents the returns from Gwadur [Gwādar].

Correspondence related to the collection of this information is interspersed throughout the file, though it is primarily located at the front and back of the volume.

Physical characteristics

Condition: A large number of folios have suffered from minor pest and water damage. As a result, some of the folios are very fragile, and some of the text has also been obscured, which can result in difficulties interpreting affected text.

Foliation: The foliation sequence commences at the front cover and terminates at the back cover; these numbers are written in pencil, and can be found 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.

The volume contains the following foliation corrections; f 69, and f 69A; f 71, and f 71A.

Written in
English, Arabic and Persian in Latin and Arabic script
Type
Letter book

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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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Unrestricted

Archive reference
IOR/R/15/1/186

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Sep 1852-May 1884 (CE, Gregorian)

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25 File 624 Biographical histories of noteworthy persons; information collected from officials at Muscat, Makran Coast, Gwadar, British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/186, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100000000193.0x00009f> [accessed 8 December 2019]

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