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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1950] (467/1262)

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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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in the case of
a Johanna
boat wreclsed
on the coast
of Dashti,
Question of
British com
in Fersia,
been due to stringent orders which the Shah addressed to his son, the
Farman-Farma. Zaki Khan, the chief adviser of 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). ,
was stated to have been fined 40,000 Tumans for complicity in the
disrespect lately shown to the Eesident; and every possible kind of
amends for the insults of which the British had to complain was promised
by the Shah^s ministers. In connection with the last mentioned offer, a
functionary of the Shah^s household named 'Ali Murad Khan was
specially deputed to Bushehr, where he had an interview with the Resi
dent on the 1st August 1827. He stated that he came armed with full
powers to enforce execution of all the Resident's desires ; but Captain
Wilson discreetly limited himself to asking that the Shaikh of Bushehr
might be informed of the Shah^s wish that the British should be treated
with respect, and that orders might be issued to prevent the molestation
and detention of British agents and messengers and a tampering
with the British mails which had recently become common in various parts
of Fars.
Another matter discussed with'Ali Murad Khan during his visit to
Bushehr was the misbehaviour of J amal Khan, Chief of Dashti, in the case
of a Baghlah Large trading vessel. from Johanna, one of the Comoro Islands, which bad been
wrecked upon the coast of his district and plundered by his subjects, two
of the crew being moreover, detained as slaves. An officer sent to
Dashti by 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 Fars had returned without effecting
anything; and Saiyid Hamzah, the owner of the Baghlah Large trading vessel. , and a
servant of the British R esident, both of whom had gone with bim,
had narrowly escaped being poisoned. "'Ali Murad Khan, on learning
that the vessel had contained some British-owned goods, that the people of
Johanna were in amity with the British, and that it was not the custom
in the British dominions to plunder wrecked ships, stated that he bad
already sent for Jamal Khan and promised to do his utmost to bring
about a satisfactory settlement.
Before the arrival of 'Ali Murad Khan at Bushehr, some difficulties
in regard to British trade there had evidently arisen, leading to a dis
cussion among the British authorities themselves as to the rights undei
treaty of British traders in Persia. The British Envoy in Persia stated
that in his correspondence with the Persian Government he had invariably
assumed the Commercial Treaty arranged by Sir John Malcolm to h e
still in force, but that he was aware that such was not the view of
Persian Government, who contended that it had been annulled by
Morier-Ellis Treaty of 1814, which, itself containing' no comin erC ^

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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' [‎1950] (467/1262), 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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