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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1908] (425/1262)

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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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British re-
failed^ the obligation by which they were bound to assist Persia either
with a military force or with a subsidy was to remain binding on them.
By the seventh article the British subsidy^ when payable, was to be paid
" in as early instalments as may be convenient.^ Under the eighth and
ninth articles, if war were to break out betweeen Britain and Afghanistan,
the Shah was to take action against the Afghans and receive a grant for
his expenses from the British Government; whereas, in the event of war
between Persia and Afghanistan, Britain was not to interfere, unless as a
mediator at the request of both parties. The tenth article related to the
expulsion and extradition of political offenders. Finally, by fche eleventh
article, the British Government undertook, in very general terms, to
assist the Shah in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. ,if convenient and practicable/'with
ships of war and troops; but their expenditure, in such a case, was to be
reimbursed by the Persian Government; and it was added that their ships
must anchor at such ports as were appointed by the Persian authorities
and not, unless from absolute necessity, at any others. The bearing of
the eleventh article, which was doubtless inserted at the request of the
Persians, is not explained: it may have had reference to the general
prevalence of piracy, to apprehended danger from the Wahhahis, to
Persian designs on Bahrain, or to the difficulties which occasionally arose
between the Shiraz Government and the semi-independent chiefs of the
Persian littoral.
The wording of the Definitive Treaty was general, resembling in this
respect that of the Preliminary Treaty; but, in consequence of the change
in the political situation, the new Treaty was as clearly directed against
Russia as the older one had been against France. The ratification of
this Treaty by the Prince Regent was brought from Europe by Mr. H.
Willock, who arrived in Persia in September 1815 j and Mr. Morier
finally left Persia in the following month.
After the arrival of Sir Harford Jones in Persia in 1808 the interests
lations with 0: £ Britain at the Persian Court were continuously watched by spe
Persia, 1815
representatives of varying rank, who were generally appointed by His
Majesty's Government and not by the Government of India. From
to 1826 this function was discharged alternately by Mr. H. Willock an
Major G. Willock, who had first come to Persia in command of the escorts
respectively of Sir H. Jones and Sir G. Ouseley, with the title of Charge
d^Affaires; and in 1826 Colonel J. Macdonald (Sir J. M. Kin 116 ^
who had been introduced to the country by General Malcolm on his ^
mission, was appointed Envoy Extraordinary by the Indian Governtt^ ^
to which the responsibility for supervising British interests in Per sia

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1908] (425/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 6 December 2023]

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