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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1905] (422/1262)

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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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Monteith and Mr. Surgeon Cormiok to be employed in Persia on the
public service. On the 15th July General Malcolm had his final inter
view with the Shah, after which he made his way via Tabriz to Baghdad,
arriving there on the 20th September. At the end o£ October he left
Basrah for India.
The cost of this third and last Mission of General Malcolm to India
^as extravagant; and its political results, partly no doubt in consequence
of its terminating otherwise than the authors had intended, were in^-
commensurate with the expense, and even negligible. In fact General
Malcolm's History of Persia, on which he was employed at Bombay
during 1811, remains the most substantial of his later achievements in the
Persian field; and next, in order of importance, should perhaps be ranked
the detailed information regarding parts of Persia, Afghanistan,
Baluchistan, etc., which was acquired through the labours of his official staff.
We have been obliged, on account of the special interest of India
in these affairs, to give a somewhat full account of them; but, apart
from one more Treaty, the further proceedings of British representatives
at the Persian Court during the reign of Fat-h "'Ali Shah need not
detain us long. After the signature of the Preliminary Treaty Sir
H. Jones was confidentially consulted by the Shah on various matters
of foreign policy, especially in regard to Russian affairs; and a strong
but naturally unsuccessful effort was made by the Persian Government
to obtain, through him, the personal services of General Malcolm in the
war against Russia. Sir H. Jones finally made over charge of his
Mission archives to Mr. Sheridan and returned to Europe by way of
Constantinople, travelling as far as that city in the company of a Turkish
Ambassador whose visit to Persia he had been partially instrumental
in bringing about. He was shipwrecked on the English coast in H.M.S.
Pomone 3) on the 11th October 1811; and this unfortunate incident,
though he survived until 1846, marked the close of his strenuous public
Sir Gore Ouseley, Ambassador Extraordinary, to whom was confided
tbe completion of the task begun by Sir Harford Jones, arrived at Tabriz
^^9th ^ November 181 1. With him there returned from England
was . Sir 0usele y had some peculiar features. The Ambassador
The vnv I y his wife, and his Private Secretary was his brother, Sir W. Ouseley.
oc Cm J a ; e T? m , ^pithead to Bombay, which included a fortnight at Rio di Janeiro,
PeSl 1810to tlie 12 th January 1811; and after landing in
1811* f . y of three months took place at Shiraz, from 7th April to 10th
IkssiflTi« 0r P ure v domestic reasons. At this time, be it remembered, the
to know whpfl P r ® ssm £ Persia hard, and the Shah was waiting with impatience
a Morier of >, ^ ^ ex pect active aid from the British. Had Persia possessed
e i own, what a subject was here for a caricaturist of British methods !
of Sir H.
Jones's Mis?
sion to Pei>
sia, 1810-11,
Mission of
Sir Gore
Ouseley to
Persia, 1810*

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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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