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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2016] (533/1262)

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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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cerning the disputes from which it originated not being published until
after the conclusion of peace. The war was undertaken by the Govern
ment of the day on their own responsibility; and it was at first con
demned by some in Parliament and in the press.
The British Qn the 22nd September 1856 instructions to withdraw from Persia to
September— Baghdad with his whole establishment were addressed to Mr. Stevens, His
October, Britannic Majesty^s Consul at Tehran. He was directed to remove the
public archives with him ; to make the best arrangements that he could
for the protection in his absence of the Mission premises and such property
as must necessarily be left behind ; to decline^ on the ground of Persians
attitude with reference to Herat^ any invitation to stay that might be
extended to him by the Persian Government ; and to inform British
subjects at Tehran of his approaching departure, allowing them at their
choice either to accompany him or to remain behind under the protection,
which he was to request, of the French Legation. It was intimated to
him that a British naval and military expedition would shortly be de
spatched to the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , but he was expressly cautioned not to refer
to the intentions of the British Government in this respect. His Britan
nic Majesty^s Consul at Tabriz was also ordered to leave Persia.
Negotiations were opened with Dost Muhammad Khan, the Afghan
Amir of Kabul and Qandahar which resulted, on the 26th January
1857, in the conclusion of an agreement directed against Persia ; and a
mission under Major Lumsden was sent to Qandahar to supervise the
execution of the terms arranged. The agreement provided that the
Amir should, from the 1st January 1857, receive a subsidy of Rs. 1,00 ,000
monthly from the Hon^ble East India Company on condition of main
taining his existing establishmerit of artillery and cavalry and
not less than 18,000 infantry, of whom not less than
13,000 should be regulars, and of communicating to the British
Government any overtures which he might receive from Persia, oi
from the allies of Persia, during the war ; the past offences of Afghan
tribes on the British border should be condoned by the British Govern
ment ; ond the Amir should be presented with 4,000 muskets, iu a( ^"
tion to 4,000 already given him. The subsidy was to cease at the
conclusion of the war, or earlier, at the discretion of the British Govern
In the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. the British political representatives, evidently
acting without authority, offered allowances to various chiefs of the
Persian coast districts on condition of their assisting the British m
the war : among the chiefs thus tampered with were Baqir Khan^ of

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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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