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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1954] (471/1262)

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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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Council returned the ShaiWs letter unopened to Bushehr^ with an inti
mation that Sir J. Malcolm, as one long acquainted with the Shaikh's
family, would always be delighted to receive open marks of his friendship
for the British Government, but that no communication could be accepted
from him in circumstances which indicated that it was in any way in
consistent with his allegiance to his lawful sovereign, the ally of the
British Government. The Shaikh was further assured that the refusal
to entertain his proposals did not proceed in the slightest degree from
displeasure with him. A remark was also added as to the dangers of a
correspondence such as that on which he had entered, against the con
sequence of which, if it should be discovered by the Persian Government^
the Governor of Bombay would be unable to shield him without in-
curring suspicion of having countenanced his proceedings.
In the spring of 1832 plague prevailed at Bushehr ; and the British
Resident, to avoid infection, removed with his whole establishment to
Khargu Island, where he remained from the 12th March to the 29th of
to 0 Khli U gu elir J UIie * ^ I1 Itasident^s absence the Factory An East India Company trading post. building at Bushehr was
1S32. entered and stripped of the few articles of any value that had been left
behind; and in 1833, after his return to Bushehr, a theft was committed
by Qawasim One of the ruling families of the United Arab Emirates; also used to refer to a confederation of seafaring Arabs led by the Qāsimī tribe from Ras al Khaima. in a stone house lined with tent-cloth which he had built
for himself at Khargu, with the sanction of Government, during his
residence on the island. The proceedings in the latter case are noticed
in the history of Trucial' Oman.
Claim of the We have seen, in the previous section dealing with events upon the
Government l )ers i ai1 Coast, that in November 1832 the Qasimi Shaikh appeared off
to British Bushehr in a hostile manner with a large marine force, and that he was
against mari- 0I1 ^ to leave without attacking the town by the determined
time aggres- attitude of the British Resident. In the following month the Prince*
Governor of Fars^ no doubt dreading further naval descents or menaces,
wrote to Mr. Blane, the British Resident at Bushehr, insisting that it
was the duty of the British under their treaties with Persia to prevent
maritime aggressions upon the Persian Coast, and even, it would seefflj
blaming him for having allowed the demonstration by Shaikh Sultan-
bin-Saqar's fleet against Bushehr. To this communication Mr. Blane
judiciously replied that he could not act in foreign affairs except by the
orders of the Bombay Government, and that the British Envoy ^
Tehran was the only authority in the country authorised to enter into
discussions with Persian officials on the subject of treaties.
removal of
the British
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.

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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' [‎1954] (471/1262), 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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