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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1791] (308/1262)

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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 the Persian 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. . 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. were well aware of the disfavour
with which the Court of Directors The London-based directors of the East India Company who dealt with the daily conduct of the Company's affairs. at this time regarded entangling
alliances with native powers in the Gulf, but they could devise
no other means of retrieving their political and commercial position
in that quarter ; and, though they were particularly unwilling to be
drawn into operations against Mir Mahanna in the interest of
Karim Khan, they thought that even these should be undertaken,—if
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. were to insist on them as an indispensable condition of his
friendship,—on the best terms that might be obtainable from him.
Their instructions to the Agent at Basrah were framed on these lines ;
and they recommended the immediate despatch to Shiraz of Mr. George
Skipp, one of the Council at Basrah, to conduct the negotiations. At
the same time they suggested the following as terms to be stipulated
if assistance were promised against Mir Mahanna ; that the Grant
permitting a British settlement at Bushehr should be confirmed,
with the addition that the Company should be at liberty to build a fort
or Factory An East India Company trading post. there, or at any other place in Persia, and to mount on it
such guns as they might please ; that a sum of 1120,000 to R25,000
a year should be assigned to the Company from the Customs of Bushehr,
or from some other item of public revenue, to defray the expense of their
maintaining a cruiser constantly in the Gulff that any island in the
Gulf which the Company might select for the purpose should be granted
to them, if they desired it, for the foundation of a settlement ; that
ample satisfaction should be made for the losses sustained by the British
out of the booty that might hereafter be taken from the K a^ab, the
vessels of that tribe being at the same time destroyed or handed over, or
fall security being given that they should not again be employed against
the British; that half the booty taken from Mir Mahanna should be
delivered up to the British, whatever its nature; and finally, in the event
of a joint Anglo-Persian expedition against Kharag proving successful,
that Mir Mahanna should be allowed to retain possession of the island on
undertaking not to cede it to any European power other than the British.
It was added that, in any case, the return of British field-guns, etc., taken
% the Ka^ab in war must be insisted on, and that an endeavour should
be made to obtain commercial advantages in Persia, especially in regard
to the trade in Gilan raw silk. According to the orders sent from
Bombay, the application to Karim Khan was not to be made until a last
ehauce of coming to terms had been offered by the Agent and declined by
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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1791] (308/1262), 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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