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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1853] (370/1262)

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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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and the adjacent islands, which seems to have, been granted to
lim in 179^ probably because it could not be refused^ either by Agha
Khan or Lut£ ^Ali Kh§n.
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iv %i aiil Britisli relations with the southern districts of Persia, 1779—-1795,
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The East India Company, the sole custodian as yet of British interests
in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , maintained 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. at Bushehr during the
whole of the period now in question ; but their political dealings with
the Goyernment of Persia, perhaps on account of its instability in the
| time of the Zand rulers after Karim Khan, were few and unimportant,
weqi# ^ ^ ^ands, Ja'far Khan at least was well disposed towards the
British; and in 1786 his minister Mirza Muhammad Husain, who had
been favourably known to the Company^ representatives at Basrah as the
adviser of Sadiq Khan during the Persian occupation, was presented by
becdeam ^ Galley, the British Resident at Bushehr, with " an elegant
h AH II, telescope and a Fahrenheit^ thermometer, two articles of
which Persians are extremely desirous,^ avowedly as an incentive
as deiett towards ^the continuance of his friendship to the English ^^0^''.
^aodJl In 1787 Mr. H. Jones of the Basrah Factory An East India Company trading post. , afterwards Sir H.J. 1^7.
, and Ensign Francklin of the East India Company^ service
ySliaiS gp e nt a pleasant summer at Shiraz under the protection of Ja^far Khan,
'1 ^V !1 and were enabled to make an excursion to the ruins of Persepolis.
idbyasil On the 18th of January 1788 Ja'far Khan issued an elusive Farman 1788.
1792, aiil to the address of the British Resident at Bushehr, promising full
)f Jud ^ mI protection and absolute freedom of trade to British subjects in Persia, and
flertisR undertaking to abolish road dues and other vexatious impositions, to which
1, tog: they had apparently been subjected ; and in September of the same year
bis time'® another document of similar purport was granted, accompanied by a robe
Lbanirf of honour for the grantee.
[tbtlrt 1 ^ In June 1790 Lutf ^Ali Khan, referring to his late fathers disposition 1790-1791 9
in the matter, strongly urged the British to push their trade at Shiraz
) ott^ ^ P 10,:]Q ised to grant them every facility that they enjoyed in Turkish
' Banfe Mr. Harford Joneses relations with Lutf ^Ali Khan in 1791 were
0 aQ altogether unofficial nature.
ly> llnse ^led state of the country was as unfavourable to commercial Mja
s ^ w as to political activity. In February 1780, the official dis- trade^and 8
her thei^ burse:
Qients of the Resident at Bushehr having been largely ia excess C01isu l a g e »

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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' [‎1853] (370/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 4 December 2023]

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