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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1780] (297/1262)

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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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Grant of
to the Bri
tish by
Karim Khan,
July 3763,
for u pomp and parade " on the part of a British representative, indicated
Bushehr as a very suitable location for a Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. ; and he remarked
that it would always be easy to obtain satisfaction for injuries
sustained at Bushehr by seizing vessels belonging to the port.
Not long after this^ Mr. Price^ who had meanwhile become aware
that Shaikh Sa'dun was subordinate to Sadiq Khan^ brother of Karim
Khan and Governor of Shiraz ; directed Mr. Jervis to apply to the latter
tor confirmation of the agreement made with Shaikh Sa'dun ; and on
Sadiq Khan sending a present and expressing a wish that a European
gentleman should visit him at Shiraz, the Resident took advantage of
the opportunity to send his Linguist, Stephen Hermit^ accompanied by
Lieutenant Durnford, to deliver a return present and make the required
application. On the 1st of August 1763, these two returned to Bushebr
bringing with them a Grant of Privileges of which a copy, duly authentic
ated by Karim Khan^s own seal, was subsequently received. The principal
provisions of this grant were the following : that the British should have
liberty to erect a Factory An East India Company trading post. at Bushehr or at any other port in the Gulf,
to mount thereon as manv guns as they chose, not larger than 6-pounders,
and to build in connection therewith, in any part of the kingdom,
any number of ordinary houses ; that their trade should be free of import,
export and internal duties both at Bushehr and at other ports, and that
the Shaikh of Bushehr and other local governors should not charge
more than 3 per cent, export duty on British goods purchased by Persian
merchants; that the British should possess a monopoly, as against
all other nationalities, of the importation of woollen goods into Persia;
that the local governors should assist them in the recovery of their lawful
debts in Persia, failing which they should be free to take their own
measures against their debtors ; that their trade should be free from all
restrictions throughout Persia ; that, without the knowledge and consent
of the British official representative, native merchants should not pur
chase goods from any British ship arriving at a Persian port; that,
British vessels in the Gulf, if driven on shore or otherwise lost, should
not be plundered, but should be salved, free of charge, by the local
authorities ; that the British and those under their protection should
enjoy religious freedom in all parts of the country ; that British deser
ters, whether soldiers, sailors or slaves, should be delivered up by the
Persian authorities, on condition of their not being punished for a fi^t
or-a second offence ; that Linguists, brokers and Factory An East India Company trading post. servants should
be exempt from Persian taxes and subject to British jurisdiction ; that
a spot of ground should be assigned to the British, wherever they jnigW

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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:

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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' [‎1780] (297/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 8 December 2023]

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