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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1960] (477/1262)

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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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at the time of its becoming vacant happened to be at Tabriz. An under
standing between the two powers having for its object the maintenance
of the integrity and independence of Persia^ even, came into existence
in 1834 and was renewed in 1838 ; but it did not ; either then or later,
assume the shape of a formal agreement.
The funds which Muhammad Mirza required for overthrowing two
rival competitors,—namely, his uncle ^Ali Mirza, known as the Zilks-
Sultan, and his uncle Hasan ''Ali Mirza, Governor-General of Fars, known
as the Farman-Farma,—were supplied by the British Minister at Tehran,
Sir J. Campbell, in anticipation of the sanction of Government; and the
rapid success of the royal troops was mainly due to the leadership of
British officers in the Persian service. Colonel^" Lindsay-Bethune, who
commanded the forces of Muhammad Mirza in the ensuing operations,
left Tabriz for Tehran on the 10th November 1834; at Qazvinwheret
Maniichehr Khan, a Muhammadanised Georgian or Armenian, wlio after
wards became notorious as IJersian Governor of ^Arabistan, joined him
with a tribal force, all that remained of the Zill-us-Sultanas army sur
rendered; and on the 2nd January 1835 Muhammad Shah entered the
Persian capital in State. In February 1835 Colonel Lindsay-Bethune
moved against the Governor of Fars and completely overthrew in the
field, between Isfahan and Shiraz, his numerous army commanded by his
brother, the Shuja^-us-Saltaneh : the royal force, though small, liad the
advantage in artillery. The Zill-us-Sultan, the Farman-Farma and the
Shuja/-us-Saltaneh, all of whom had been captured, were despatched as
prisoners to Ardabil, the Shuja-us-Saltaneh being first blinded; but the
Farman-Farma died on the way. The Farman-Farma^s sons Kiza Q^ 1
Mirza, Najaf Quli Mirza, and Timur Mirza, the names of two of whom
have been mentioned before in connection with Bushher affairs, naade
their way to England, where they spent a summer in English society
under the guidance of Mr. Baillie-Fraser, the traveller, and were received
by His Majesty King William. Their claims to Fars were not, a PP al
ently, encouraged by the British Government ; but pensions seem to have
been granted them. At Constantinople, where they were found a ^
months later, they met with a bad reception ; and it was only thiono^
* This was the Lieutenant Lindsay whom Malcolm brought with him to ^ ^
.1810. He returned to England in 1821, but came back to Persia in 1834 an
there in 1851 at the age of 64. He was made a Baronet for his services in
t Can this Maniichehr Khan, later known as .the Mo 'tamad-ud-Dauleh, be i
with the " Manutchohr " whom Rich met at Shiraz in 1821 ? {Narrative of a esl
in KoordistanVolume II, page 212.

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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' [‎1960] (477/1262), 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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