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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1897] (414/1262)

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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 staff o£ the Mission, as reconstituted after the landing at Bushehr,
consisted of Mr. Morier, in whom the appointments of Public and Private
Secretary were now combined, Major Smith having been left behind in
India; Mr. T. H. Sheridan, of the Bombay civil establishment; Lieute
nant W. Bruce, who had remained at Bushehr after the departure of
Captain Pasley, and as Acting Resident had received Sir B. J ones on his
arrival; Captain J. Sutherland, of the Bombay military establishment.
Surveyor to the Mission; Cornet H. Willock, of the Madras Cavalry,
commanding the escort,* - which consisted of the Indian detachments pro
vided for Gene7al Malcolm ; and Dr. Jukes, Surgeon.
Circumstances, at the time of Sir H. Joneses landing in Persia, were
partly propitious and partly unpropitious. On the one hand the Persian
Court had begun to distrust the Prench, their connection with whom had
brought them no advantage in the shape of a settlement with Eussia, and
to hope for better results from a friendship with Britain ; but on the
other hand they were under apprehension of hostilities by the Government
of India, whose representative had recently quitted Persia in displeasure.
The attitude assumed towards Sir H. Jones by various local officials was
at first unsatisfactory, but the Envoy was not without influential personal
friends in the country, and with the lapse of time the prospect gradually
improved. On the 17th of December, Sir Harford started from Bushehr
on his journey to the interior ; and on the 30th of the same month he
entered Shiraz. On the way he had accidentally met with Muhammad
Nabi Khan, formerly Persian Envoy to India, an old acquaintance of
his own; but this individual, instead of helping him, attempted to pry
into the nature of his instructions and even pressed on him a corrupt
bargain for providing additional presents to distribute at Tehran. On
the 1st of January 1809, Sir H. Jones was well received by Hasan 'Ali
Mirza, 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 Pars ; and though an endeavour was made
j to induce him to open his negotiations at Shiraz, as General Malcolm
| f; had been required to do, it was not persisted in.
On the 5th of January, however, while still halted at Shiraz, the
British Envoy suddenly found himself placed in a very difficult predica
ment by a despatch from Lord Minto, in which he was informed that
the occupation of the Persian island of Kharag by a force from India had
^en resolved on, as a measure of precaution, and in which he was himself
directed to withdraw from Persia.

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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' [‎1897] (414/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 13 July 2024]

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