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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1943] (460/1262)

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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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station. I 11 October 18^^ a report on Basidu was furnished by Captain
T Remon oi: the Bombay Engineers, probably under instructions from
The Shah unfortunately proved less accommodating in regard to Further dis-
the occupation of Qislim Island by British troops than the Prince- ^v^aan^ 11
Governor of Shiraz had shown himself in his conversations with Dr. withdiawal of
Jukes. He even insisted positively on the withdrawal of the detach- detachment
ment and the utmost concession to which he would agree was that the
result of a mission which he proposed to send to the British Court
should be awaited. In these circumstances the advisability of maintain
ing the Qishm garrison was elaborately discussed by the Government
of Bombay ; and, though they feared that a retirement would cause
a revival of piracy in the Gulf, they eventually advised withdrawal. The
reason for their recommendation was that the good relations of the
British and Persian Governments, which were of greater general import
ance than the quietness of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. ; appeared to be endan gered
by the feelings with which the Shah regarded the presence of the British
on Qishm. They advised that care should be taken, in removing the
troops, not to say anything by which the claim of the Sultan of ^Oman
to the island could be adversely affected ; and they urged that the
garrison, on leaving Qishm, should be withdrawn from the Gulf alto
gether, as its continuance at any place upon either coast would sooner
or later involve the British Government in the politics of the adjoining
These views were approved by the Government of India and were
about to be carried into effect when information was suddenly received
via Bushehr of an apparently serious disagreement between the Shah and
the British Charge d'Affaires, in consequence of which the latter had
thought it necessary to quit the Persian Court. The causes of this
unpleasantness are indicated as having been partly the discouragement by
l ord Londonderry of the Shah^s proposed mission to the King, till the
accomplishment of which the Shah had agreed to suspend his demand for
the evacuation of Qishm, and the attitude assumed by Persia towards
the Porte; but it is probable that there v\ere also * personal elements in
so f ■^ e following passage in Kawlinson's ^England and Russia in the East (page
W a PP ears t® re fer to this incident
i\ n of Ve n0 ^ f or gotten that a personal misunderstanding between Sir H. Willock
w the Shah led to i he temporary wit) drawal of our Mission from the Court; bui
e occasion of the rupture was so entirely accidental, and the effects of it Were so
aDsient, that it cannot be considered to affect the general character of our relations
uimg the pcriQd i n question. "When our truant Minister, indeed, reported himself
ma e f f ( !!' eign ^® ce » Canning is said to have observed "Henry Willock P I know a
w tM name at Teheran, but certainly not in London," a remark which sufficiently
attach't 0: ^ the quarrel, and censured the undue importance that had been

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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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