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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1907] (424/1262)

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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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his third mission to Persia, was sent out from England, as a Minister
Plenipotentiary, with fresh instructions. Mr. Ellis arrived near Erivan
in August 1814 and proceeded with Mr. Morier, the Minister Plenipoten-.
1 fciaiy d interim, to Tehran, where, on the 25th of November, the
■'| Definitive Treaty with Persia, sometimes styled the Treaty of Tehran,
1 was adjusted by their joint exertions.
This imporfant engagement, which with one important modification
continued to regulate Anglo-Persian political relations for more than 40
years afterwards, consisted of eleven articles. By the first article the
p ers j an Government declared all their alliances contracted with European
nations in a state of hostility with Great Britain to be null and void; bound
themselves not to allow any European army to enter Persian territory or
to proceed thence, by land or sea, in the direction of India; and engaged
not to suffer individuals belonging to European nations entertaining
designs on India or at enmity with Britain to frequent Persia. By the
same article the Shah of Persia undertook to use all the means at his
disposal to indace the powers of Central Asia to prevent a European
invasion of India by routes though their dominions. The second article
established perpetual friendship between Britain and Persia, and bound
the British sovereign to refrain from interference in domestic strife in
Persia and to request the territorial integrity of the Persian kingdom,
The third article defined the treaty as purely defensive in its nature, and
preseribed as the boundary between Persia and Russia that which
should be # accepted by the two countries and by Great Britain. The
fourth article referred to the obligations imposed on Britain by the Preli
minary Treaty of 1809 in case of an invasion of Persia by a European
power, and fixed the amount of the subsidy to be paid by Britain to Persia,
the assistance rendered take the form of a subsidy, at 200,000
; it was added that the subsidy should not be payable if
the war which led to the invasion of Persia had been provoked by aggres
sive action on the part of Persia herself, also that proof must be afforded
the subsidy being applied solely to the military purposes for which it
was intended. The fifth article permitted the employment by the Persian
Government of European officers for the training of their troops, provided
tiiat such officers did not belong to nations at war or at enmity with
Britain. I n event of a European power at peace with Britain making
war on Persia, the British Government were to mediate; but, if mediation
0 f GUlistan, 1813, between Persia and Russia virtually left the frontier
a ^le determination by Commissioners.
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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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1907] (424/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 8 December 2023]

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