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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1895] (412/1262)

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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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the British interests and concerns in Persia and Turkish Arabia A term used by the British officials to describe the territory roughly corresponding to, but not coextensive with, modern-day Iraq under the control of the Ottoman Empire. ,
the local servants of the Company being thus placed under his orders ;
and he was furnished with credentials for presentation^ in case they
should be required, to the Shah of Persia and the Pasha An Ottoman title used after the names of certain provincial governors, high-ranking officials and military commanders. of Baghdad. He
was specially instructed to refute^ should an opportunity of so doing
present itself; an argument which had been adopted by the Government
of Persia^ that the Anglo-Persian treaty of 1801 was in effect one of
offensive -defensive alliance against all other powers^ and that it had been
violated by Britain when she failed to afford support to Persia against
Kussia. Elaborate directions were added as to the manner in which
General Malcolm should comport himself towards Sir H. Jones, if they
should chance to encounter one another in the Persian field. The gist of
these was that the representative of the Governor-General must, as
Envoy to the Persian Court, give place to the representative of the
King; but that, in his general capacity as an agent of the Government
of India, he might take part in the proceedings, especially by affording
General Malcolm sailed from Bombay in the Psyche'^, a French
prize, on the 17th of April 1808, only a few days before the arrival there
of Sir H. Jones. The other vessels employed on the Mission were the
"Doris", frigate, and the East India Company's ship "Wexford"
and it was intended that some line-of-battle ships should follow at an
interval of about a month. The Envoy^s principal assistant was Captain
C. Pasley, a relative of his own^ who had accompanied him on his
First Mission and had passed; since then^ about four years in Persia*
The escort, properly so called, consisted of 100 native Indian cavalry
and 50 sepoys Term used in English to refer to an Indian infantryman. Carries some derogatory connotations as sometimes used as a means of othering and emphasising race, colour, origins, or rank. ; but 300 men of H. MVs S4th Regiment were embarked
as marines; and a detail of European artillery with two light guns
was to be sent with the ships of the Boyal Navy. General Malcolm
arrived at Bushehr on the 10th of May; and on the 12 th he landed and
was met at the beach by the Shaikh, who conducted him to a house and
there entertained him. The Envoy was accompanied on this ceremonial
occasion by a guard of 50 men of the 84th Regiment, these being the
first European troops ever landed at Bushehr. A few days later Captain
Pasley left for Tehran with a letter containing; it would seem; strong
remonstrances on the subject of the relations of the Persian Court with
* ra nce; but the bearer Was prevented from proceeding beyond Shiraz,
of li| and it was intimated to General Malcolm that he must transact his
with the Prince-Governor A Prince of the Royal line who also acted as Governor of a large Iranian province during the Qājār period (1794-1925). of Ears. Surprised and indignant at

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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' [‎1895] (412/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 1 December 2023]

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