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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1891] (408/1262)

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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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far as Baghdad by Mr. Day^ a civil servant of fhe Bombay establish-
meut; but by some tbe escort of a Christian seems to have been regarded
as an insult,* rather than as an honour, to the corpse upon its last
When the news of the tragedy first reached Bushehr, a version of it
by which the whole of the blame was made to rest upon the ill-fated
Haji himself was invented and communicated to the Persian Court by
Melidi'Ali Khan^ the British Resident; but the chief consequence of this
fiction seems to have been the compulsory retirement of its author upon
a pension at the recommendation of Captain Malcolm. So unusual an
incident as the violent death of an ambassador naturally caused
astonishment at Tehran, and extreme advice is said to have been offered to
tlie Shah by a youthful member of his family, but in the end the matter
was passed over by the Persian Government with complete indifference.
Mr, Lovett, the successor of Mehdi 'Ali Khan in the Bushehr Resi- Self-assumed
mission or
dency, fell ill not long* after his arrival in Persia; and in February 180^, Mr. Manesty
without obtaining the orders of Government, he made over charge of his ^04
appointment to Mr. Manesty, the British Resident at Basrah. Mr.
Manesty, who had reasons of his own for entering into this arrangement,
almost immediately set out for Tehran, representing himself as an Envoy
from the Governor-General of India to the Shah. On arrival at the
Persian Court he met with a cordial reception ; and he was able to obtain
a Farman for the settlement of two cases of the plunder of wrecked British
ships which had occurred in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. ; but, the first Perso-Russian
war having now actually begun or being upon the point of breaking out,
he soon found himself pressed by the Persians with questions and
demands to which he was not in a position to return any answer. Mean
while the Governor-General, who had become aware of Mr. Manesty^s
proceedings, peremptorily ordered him to return to Basrah; and so ended
Ms unauthorised venture. The Governor-General in the first instance
directed that payment of some bills which Mr. Manesty had presumed to
draw upon the Government of India in the character of envoy should be
refused; but afterwards, partly out of consideration for Mr. Manesty's
1 ^ i fcee an amusing note in Brydges' Mission (No. VIT, pages ix—x) regarding the
l P opinion of Sukiman Pasha An Ottoman title used after the names of certain provincial governors, high-ranking officials and military commanders. of Baghdad, from which the following is an extract:—
ndalffl' Hajee KKeleel lived an infidel, and with infidels, and therefore, was destined to hell:
jpees, >■ was 'however, murdered by infidels and so became a shahyde (martyr), this gave
■H him a chance of paradise ; but his former friends have robbed him of this ohanoe by
an infidel to attend bis corpse to the grave j his fa^a therefore is now fixed,
you may carry him to the devil in any manner you like best.''
129 a.

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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' [‎1891] (408/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 5 December 2023]

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