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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1833] (350/1262)

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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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In the treatment of their servants, especially in exceptional
the Company often showed a judicious liberality. Stephen Hermit,
who was Linguist at Bander ^Abbas and afterwards at B ushehr and who their
H accompanied Lieutenant Durnford to Shiraz in 1763, having lost his s01vants -
'art if life by the explosion on the u Defiance ; ' in 1767, the Bombay authorities
aJ in 1769 acquiesced in the grant to his widow and children of an * allowance
tliet " sufficient to afford them a decent maintenance and Messrs. Beaumont
uii and Green, after their release in 1775 from two years'confinement in
Persia, were awarded a gratuity of Rs. 4,000 each by the Company, in
consideration o£ their sufferings.
The period following the death of Karim Khan was one of confusion
and unrest, during which the power of the Qajars of Mazandaran steadily
increased at the expense of that of the Zands of Shiraz ; and by 1795 the
supremacy in Persia had been completely transferred from the southern
to the northern tribe. We may deal with the events of the time under
two aspects s first in their relation to Persia as a whole, and again in
their bearing on the Persian Coast districts with which we are more
immediately concerned.
lii order to explain the relationship among themselves of the Zand
i3rinces, to whose dissensions more than to any other cause the ultimate
triumph of the Qajars must be attributed, we subjoin a table which
contains their genealogy in outline. One of them, Ja^far Khan, it will
be seen, appears in two places in the table.
* This allowance was still being paid in 1788, at the rate of Rs. 30 a month.

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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' [‎1833] (350/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 9 December 2023]

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