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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1885] (402/1262)

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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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at Bushehr^ the Envoy was further expected to increase the East India
Company 's sale of European goods in Persia, and to obtain better prices
for their imports than had of late prevailed.
Mehdi 'Ali Khan began his work at Masqat, where, as is related in
another place, Jie obtained from the Sultan of 'Oman a concession for the
establishment of a British Factory An East India Company trading post. at Bandar 'Abbas; but the Govern
ment of Bombay did not advise the Government of India to take
immediate advantage of the grant, unless for the purpose of forestal
ling the French, who were suspected of desiring to set up a station there.
Mehdi 'AH Khan also mentioned the possibility of establishing a British
settlement on Kharag; but, on account of the constant disturbances
between the Shaikh of Bushehr and other claimants, he did not recom
mend the project.
On the 3rd of October 1798 Mehdi 'Ali Khan received charge of the
Bushehr Kesidency from Mr. Hankey Smith, by whom it was held at
his arrival; but that gentleman absolutely declined " to deliver the British
flag to the will of a Musulman " unless under a positive command from
the Government of Bombay From c. 1668-1858, the East India Company’s administration in the city of Bombay [Mumbai] and western India. From 1858-1947, a subdivision of the British Raj. It was responsible for British relations with the Gulf and Red Sea regions. ; and he advanced a number of reasons for
his refusal, some of which were not wanting in cogency. The Govern
ment of Bombay, however, took a severe view of Mr. Smith's behaviour,
cast some reflections upon his sanity, and ordered him to make the flag
over at once to Mehdi 'Ali Khan, who was to hoist it with some degree
of ceremony in the presence of as many British officers as could be
assembled, but not of Mr. Hankey Smith.
Mehdi 'Ali Khan, after this, opened a correspondence with the Shah's
ministers; but he thought it well to disguise the chief objects of his
mission, and he therefore substituted a letter of his own for that from
the Governor of Bombay which he had brought with him, and gave out
that he had been sent merely to convey to Fat-h 'Ali Shah the condolences
of the British upon his uncle's death and their congratulations upon his
own accession. The Shah had already determined upon undertaking
hostilities against his neighbour, the ruler of Afghanistan; and the
British representative accordingly, though he expressed his personal
approval as a pious Shi'ah, and even suggested that the claims of
Mahmud to Herat would provide a specious ground of action, avoided
all mention of his employers' anxiety for something to be done against
Zaman Shah,—an anxiety which, if it had been allowed to appear, would
certainly have involved them in expense. In July 1799 Fat-h 'Ali Shah
was at Mashhad, actively threatening the iVfghan border, and Mehdi
Ah Khan had reached Shiraz, where he met with a highly honorific
Mehdi 'Ali
Khan's sug
gestions in
regard to
Bandar 'Ab
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of Mehdi 'Ali
KhSn in
Persia with
reference to
the Afghans
and the

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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' [‎1885] (402/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 6 December 2023]

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