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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1948] (465/1262)

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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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ment of
McLeod to
the Hnshehr
Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. ,
ments on the
Coast for the
repression of
In conclusion, Captain Bruce was informed that the Gorernor in
Council fotmd himself obliged to disavow the treaty in the most explicit
terms, and—the more clearly to mark his disapproval of the whole
proceedings—to remove Captain Bruce from his appointment as Resi
dent at Bushehr and recall him to Bombay. He was directed to make
over the Factory An East India Company trading post. at Bushehr to the B/esidency Surgeon, and
all instructions relating to the general politics of the Gulf to Lieuten
ant-Colonel Kennett, who at this time commanded the detachment at
To the Prince-Governor A Prince of the Royal line who also acted as Governor of a large Iranian province during the Qājār period (1794-1925). of Shiraz the Governor of Bombay wrote
expressing his regret at Captain B/uce^s error ; but at the same time lie
made the invalidity of the Agreement very plain in the following
words ;—
It is proper to explain clearly to Your Royal Highness that Captain Bruce had
been merely directed to return to his duty at Bushire, and had received no authority
to proceed to Sbiraz, and no powers or credentials to enter on any negotiation whatever
with Your Royal Highness; the treaty which he has concluded is, therefore,his
own act and not that of this Government. I accordingly disavow it, and desire it
to he considered exactly as if it had never been written.
Captain Bruce was succeeded in the Bushehr Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. by Lieuten^
ant John McLeod of the Bombay Engineers, an officer of much promise
who had been employed in the Gulf in various capacities during the
British operations there. In his first instructions, dated 12th November
1822, the new Resident was directed to do all that lay in his power to
efface from the minds of the Sultan of 'Oman and the Shaikh of Bahrain
the unfortunate impressions which Captain Bruce's Agreement had
probably produced, and to moderate the resentment which the Prince-
Governor of Shiraz might be expected to feel at its repudiation; but his
principal duty was to inaugurate a system of purely naval precautions
against piracy, which was now introduced in a manner and with results
which are described in the history of Tracial 'Oman, The ''permanent
local functions ;; of the Resident at Bushehr were defined as exclusively
commercial, and as consisting in the protection of British trade and
shipping and of British subjects engaged in either.
In the case of piracies committed by subjects of Persia inhabiting the
Persian Coast, the Resident was instracted in future, in consequence
the responsibility lately assumed by the Shah's Oovernment, to confine
himself in the first instance to representations to the Farman-
Farma of Fars, and, should these fail, to refer to the British Charge

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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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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' [‎1948] (465/1262), 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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