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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1827] (344/1262)

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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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over Basrah from the side of Persia and the detention by the Agent and
Council there for their own protection of the Eagle " and " Success, "
the Bombay Governmeot sent 300 bales of woollens to that place by the
^Drake" and 230 more, including 30 bales of drabs, by a specially
freighted native vessel. In the early summer of 1776, after a fresh 1776.
stock of woollens had been laid in at Bushehr, an effort was made under
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. to enhance the selling prices; but the
season was unfavourable for the attempt, as from June to August inclu
sive many of the merchants were accustomed to retire from Bushehr to
Shiraz to escape the heat at the coast, and there was no retail sale of
woollens in the country before September ; and a combination to resist
enhancement had been formed among the merchants and was supported
bjthe Shaikh of Bushehr, who was himself the principal buy^r of the
cloth goods imported by the Company. In the end the Resident de
cided to sell off the goods for the most they would fetch, before the end
of the followino: season. In 1778 there was a strong demand at Bushehr 1778.
for perpets, coarse medleys and coarse cloth.
A considerable trade in tin seems to have been carried on at Bushehr Tin.
and Basrah about 1764, and a consignment from Bombay at the end of
that year was equally divided between the two places. Earlier in the
year the Resident at Bushehr, who had taken 14,107 caps of tin out of the
passing vessel i( Drake " and sold them to local merchants for rupees Indian silver coin also widely used in the Persian Gulf.
per Tabriz Man, estimated the annual Bushehr demand to be 10,000
Tabriz Mans at about this price, and the action of 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. in
sending more was probably due to his advice ; but they blamed him for
having sold the tin caps apart from the tin in slabs, for which there was
not so much demand.
Sugar was also an article of the trade with Persia at this time, and Sugar,
we find that in 1773 a leading merchant of Bushehr purchased 124 canis
ters at H,s. 8 per Tabriz Man from Commodore Nesbitt of the cc Revenge.'"
The exports of Persia through Bushebr, as enumerated by Niebuhr Exports,
who visited the place in 1765 were silk fabrics from Yazd and Kashan,
r ed Gilan silk, carpets (of which the most valuable were from Isfahan),
line wool or goats* hair from Kirman, horses and mules, rhubarb and
other drugs, cotton, fruits, rose-water, and a great quantity of Shiraz
wme. The East India Company, however, did not deal in all these
Nicies, but left the trade in some of them to their Resident at Bushehr
^ his capacity of private merchant.
That Kirman wool, notwithstanding the distance of the producing jj aw woo ^
districts from Bushehr ? still entered into the export trade of Persia is
125 x

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1827] (344/1262), 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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