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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1826] (343/1262)

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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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cHiefly in European manufactured cloths and in goods from Surat and
Bengal. J
Weollpns, The principal article imported by the East India Company into
Persia continued to be, as in the period preceding 1763, woollen cloth of
1763. various kinds. In 1763 at the establishment of the Bushehr Eesidency,
Mr. Price caused a stock of 384 bales of broadcloth, 184 bales of perpets,
and 4 chests of tabbies and sattins ^ to be landed, these being the
sortments proper for the Persia market,"' 3 and gave the newly appointed
Resident authority to dispose of them, in the first instance, at prices
lower than had been customary at Bandar ^ Abb as, in order that up-
country merchants mighjb be attracted and the Dutch on Kharag dis
couraged from competition in the trade. Mr. Jervis was also to procure
lists of all the kinds of woollens suitable for sale in the different parts of
Persia, and he was to draw up estimates of the probable annual demand
for each. Afterwards, strict orders having been given -to the Resident at
Bushehr " not to sell perpets separate from cloth, as the profits on th|
cloth are faf^superior to those on the perpets/' difficulty was from timj
1764. ta time experienced in making sales ; and in March 1764 Mr. Jervis
reported " that not having received any scarlet or aurora perpets by tn|
" Drake and the coarse cloth by the Nancy being all of one colour had
"proved very prejudicial to his sales, the purchasers in January ^ aV1I1 $
declined taking coarse cloth and perpets to an equal amount of w ^ a ,L
Uh ves
nolens U
s of tlie h
iiit M bee
fk importe
its, coarse mfi
N" Dra]
"they then bought for want of those other sortments, and he had heenp I
obliged to abate two rupees Indian silver coin also widely used in the Persian Gulf. per piece on the blue and green perpets ^
a by the^ Corasooners, which made it absolutely necessary there should bej- wasj
, proportion of ^0 or 25 bales scarlet or aurora perpets to 100 of the other
colours, without which the popinjays would never sell, being a colour
"much disliked by the Persians in general.'" Later in the same year ^
was obliged to refuse an offer from some Khurasani merchants^ then
visiting Bushehr, "to take all the green and blue perpets at 20 rupees Indian silver coin also widely used in the Persian Gulf.
per piece, provided he would sell them separately,^ and the merchants
on learning that he had no scarlet perpets in stock announced their intej
tion of waiting till some wer^ received ; meanwhile, however, the BaleSi
1766. at the 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. were very trifling. On the 5th of April 1766 the cas
balance at Bushehr was R37,021, recent sales, "for want of proper sortnifc
ments of coarse cloth and perpets,^ having been small ; but in the mean k j
while, at the beginning of March, 151 bales of cloth and 200 of ^ 0I1 ^
ells for the Persian market had been despatched in the " Tartar " ^ r0Iia
1776. Bombay. In February 1775, notwithstanding the dangers i^P®^|||j
' 'ji
* Corasooners = Khiirasgnis ? |

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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' [‎1826] (343/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 28 November 2023]

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