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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1904] (421/1262)

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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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towards him from Basrah, rejoined him in safety at Shiraz. General
Malcolm reached the Shah's summer camp at Sultamyeh, 50 miles
to the west of Qazvm, on the 21st of June; and two days later lie
had his first audience of the Shah. As he and Sir Harford Jones ;
though they exchanged visits and otherwise treated each other with
becoming courtesy, could not agree as to the manner in which tliey
should appear together in the royal presence, the King's Envoy absented
himself upon this occasion.
The duty of General Malcolm at the Persian Court seems to have
consisted in the delivery of gifts and complimentary messages, and
he was treated by Fat-h ^Ali Shah with much cordiality. Among the
gifts t seems to have been included, in harmony with the spirit of
the Preliminary Treaty not as yet ratified by Britain, two batteries of
horse artillery guns, with harness complete, and 35,000 stand of small
arms. But at the beginning of July, during a movement of the ShaVs
camp from Sultaniyeh to the plain of U jan near Tabriz, Sir Harford
J ones was able to inform General Malcolm of a decision by H is Majesty's
Government to keep the appointment of the British representative
at Tehran in their own hands, and of their choice of Sir Gore Ouseley
to succeed Sir Harford himself, whose resignation they had accepted.
This decision, reached after full consideration of Lord Minto's views,
was a death-blow to General M alcolm^s prospects of permanent employ
ment in Persia, and he at once made dispositions for returning to India,
Before his departure he received from the Shah the titles of Khan and
Sipahdar and was invested with the order of the Lion and the Sun,
instituted in his honour. At the instance of Sir H. Jones, his relations
with whom became more friendly towards the end of their association
in Persia, he left Captain Christie, J Lieutenant Lindsay, Ensign
^ The evidence as to the nature of the disagreement is conflicting. One awkward
circumstance was that Sir H. J ones had been accustomed to stand in the presence
of the bbah, while General Malcolm at his former visit to the Persian Court ^
received a seat. The contrast in ceremonial matters between the two British Envoys
was certainly to the disadvantage of Sir H. Jones, who had instituted a practice
of making his presents in hard cash,—a system perfectly effectual but somewhat
f See Brydges* Mission, page 364, and notes to the same, pa^e xxviii. Rawfr 1 '
son, however,—see his England and Russia in the East, page 26,— speaks of
" a limited supply of military stores
t These were the first British officers lent to Persia ; and the idea may have been
suggested, along with the clause in the Treaty referring to officers, by the action
of General Gardanne's French Mission in Persia. But there is reason to think that,
perhaps in imitation of Turkey, Persia had turned her attention to European milW
arrangements and tactics even before 1807 (see Dt/ndsty of the Kajars, page 308)

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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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