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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1947] (464/1262)

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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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That, if t^ e forces should be considered too great with a view to eoono-
my, they are to be reduced, and an equivalent force to be furnished by
His Royal Highness! under the orders of an officer, to encamp on the island
and to attend to their wishes and desires.
The British and Persian forces to take positions on any island on the coast of
Persia, the climnte of which may be found to be the best, and which His
Royal Highness may nominate and deem advisable.
Should His Royal Highness, during the period the British troops are stationed
in the Gnlf, require the services of one or two cruisers from the station
to proceed to any of the islands or ports oE Persia, they are to be furnished,
and particularly so on the present occasions when an expedition as in con-
templation against Bahrain to reduce it to obedience. His Royal Highness
promising, after the service may be over, to dismiss the vessels with proper
honour and respect. Should the vessels be required beyond the period of
forty days, provisions and necessaries to be supplied by His Royal High
ness, in failure of which the vessels are at liberty to return.
Such vessels and stores as His Royal Highness may require, to be at liberty to
purchase them in any of the ports of India without molestation from the
No analysis of these articles., which with the rest of the treaty were
immediately repudiated by the Government of Bombay From c. 1668-1858, the East India Company’s administration in the city of Bombay [Mumbai] and western India. From 1858-1947, a subdivision of the British Raj. It was responsible for British relations with the Gulf and Red Sea regions. , is necessary.
It will be enough to quote the severe but not undeserved strictures on
Mr. Bruce^s conduct that were conveyed to him by the Secretary to the
Govemment of Bombay, in a letter, dated 1st November 182^ :—
The Governor in Council directs me to express his surprise that you should
have entered on a negotiation with the Prince of Shiraz which was never contemplated
hy Government, and for which you were neither furn shed with instructions nor with
powers. He observes that the treaty which has been the result of those negotiations
is not only unauthorised, but entirely inconsistent with the views of Government
and with the cbli^ations of the public faith.
1 he treaty ^rounds your supposed mission on errors of the British Government
which have never been admitted, and of which the Governor in Council 'u still uncons
It admits the claim of the King of Persia to Kishm, contrarv to all history, to the
protestations of His Highness the Imaum of Maskat, and to the repeated declarations
of this Government. It thereby admits the occupation of that island without the
,n g of Persia s consent to have been an unjust aggression, and it agrees to admit
a Persian force into Kishm, and to make over to the Persians the island which we
received from the Imaum.
* * # #
It places onr voluntary pavment to the sufferers at Lin^ahon the footing of a
concession to Persia; and it makes the appointment of a Resident at Bushehr a
P 01 D of negotiation with the Prince of Shiraz.
] e ® ec ^ 0 ^this treaty would be to compromise the dignity of the British Govern-
en > and to overturn every part of the policy wiiiodi it has adopted in relation to the
powers of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. *

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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' [‎1947] (464/1262), 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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