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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2013] (530/1262)

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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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j4 Jlr ff T. Thomson, the British Minister in Persia, nominated this indi- 55; and
* yidual to the First Persian Secretaryship of the British Legation ; but his of theBritLh
nlnvment in that post was strenuously opposed by the Sadr A'zam, who Mission from
ein P ^ 11 i ; itt TorK-n/r Tehran, 5tb
disliked him personally, and was not pressed. In June 1855 Mr. December
Thomson proposed to send Hashim Khan to Shiraz, instead, as British 1855 '
Agent at that place, — an alternative which the Sadr A-'zam himself had
suggested, but, when steps were taken bj the Hon^ble* C. A. Murray,
Mr. Thomson^ successor, to carry out this arrangement, the Persian
Government refused to sanction it and intimated that Hashim Khan
would not be allowed to accept any post under the British Government.
The reason assigned was that Hashim Khan had never been formally
discharged from the Shah^s service, to which he had once belonged ; but
this was the merest subterfuge, for no custom of granting formal dis
charges from the Shah^s employment had ever existed. The Persian
Government added that, if Hashim Khan tried to make his way to
Shiraz, he would be arrested ,* and on Mr. Murray^s remonstrating with
them on the subject of this threatj they caused Hashim Khan^s wife,
who was a sister of one of the Shah^s wives^ to be arrested. Hashim
Khan himself apparently continued to reside in safety within the pre-
i cincts of the British Legation. Mr. Murray demanded the release of
the lady, as being the wife of a British employ^, and informed the
Persian Government that, if this were granted and if immunity from
punishment and employment on suitable terms in the Persian service
were guaranteed to Hashim Khan, he would discharge that person from
the British service. Efforts to accommodate the matter on this basis were
made by the Turkish and French representatives at Tehran, who feared
the results of a breach between Britain and Persia while Turkey, France
and Britain continued to be at war with Russia, but in vain. The
Sadr A ; zam then produced charges against Mr. Thomson and
Mr. Murray of having retained Hashim Khan solely on account of his
wife, with whom—he alleged—they had held improper relations. In
assuming an aggressive tone the Persian Prime Minister may have been
;erwliicM ein ^ 0 ldened by the ill-success of the allied arms against Russia in the
0 lastof operations adjoining Persia; and he probably reflected that,
[ricliretf 1 ^ an y case, the absence of the British Mission from Tehran would
tbeAf* the execution of the designs of his Government upon Herat.
the 20th November 1855 Mr. Murray struck his flag ; and on the
^ ^ emai, d9 Sir Charles Murray. He was born in 1806, was a son of Lord
mm > had been British I Consul-general in Egypt, and A possessed linguistic and

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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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