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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1946] (463/1262)

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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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which disposed of a number of delicate and important matters.
Mr. Bruce then announced his intention of leaving Shiraz with Lieute
nant Hart of the Pioneers about the 15th September^ and of marching
by a direct route to the coast in the neighbourhood of Basidu.
The Agreement related chiefly to Bahrain, and its effect in connection
with that principality is described in the history of Bahrain. Here we
have to do with its general character and with such of its provisions as
bore upon the affairs of the Persian Coast. Even the preamble of tlie
document was objectionable, and it is difficult to understand how any
British representative could have assented to its terms^ for it laid the
blame of the trouble that had occurred upon the British authorities, in
the following words:—
Two years previous to this it became necessary to suppress the piratical acts
committed by the Joasmis, for which purpose troops arrived from India in the Gulf
of Persia, and a few acts were committed by them erroneously, which did rot accord
with the good understanding existing with this state; in consequence of which His
Royal Highness Hussein Mi Mirza deemed it advisable for the good of ids Govern
ment to inake known these acts of misunderstanding to the Government appertain*
ing, nearest to his own, that they might be aware of svhat had occurred (and) that
some explanation might be offered for His Royal Highness to act upon."
The articles of the Agreement with which we are now concerned
were the third, the fourth, and the fifth. The third article laid down
that such losses as the people of Lingeh and Charak had sustained
through the destruction, a by mistake, ^ of their vessels by the British
authorities should be made good to them. The fourth referred to the
Persian complaints against Mr. Bruce, stating that they were with-
drawn, and that the Prince-Grovernor would now prefer his continuance
as Resident at Bushehr to the appointment of any other officer. ^ .
fifth, which after the Bahrain articles was the most important, ran as
follows ;—
5th. The British forces who bad taken a position in an island on the coast of
Persia and who had been requested to withdraw.
As the Hon ble the Governor of Bombay has expressed a wish for their hfi^
allowed to remain for a time for the sake of api earances and benefit derived theiA^
in consequence His Roynl Highness deemed it advisable for the safety and tratquW
of the Gult, and, to preserve the intercourse free and uninteirupted, has comili e( ^ 01
the term of five years and until a naval equipment sufficient for the purpose can
be gradually collected, on the following conditions ; —
Tnat, if previous to the five years His Royal Highness should have collect^ a
naval force sufficient to ensure the tranquillity of the Gulf and will pl'dg 6
himself to that effect, the British forces [to] withdraw on the assurai^
and pledge being given.

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1946] (463/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 4 December 2023]

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