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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2024] (541/1262)

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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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tation in
the war.
Commodore Ethersey^ the senior officer of the Indian Navy in the Per-
sian Gulf ; took his own life in a similar manner. Neither tragedy was
attributable to any disagreement with superior authority. Witli General
Stalker the causes seem to have been over-anxiety as to the hutting of his
European troops and the receipt of bad news of a private character from
India, acting on a mind temporarily enfeebled by indisposition contract*
ed on the Burazjan raid. Commodore Ethersey, who had asked leave
to retire from the service two years previously on account of failing
health, appears to have succumbed to a fear that he might mismanage
the naval attack on Muhammareh, which was impending; but he was
also affected, in all probability, by General Stalkers melancholy example.
Supreme political as well as military control of the expedition was
vested, as already remarked, in Sir J. Outram ; and that judicious leader
did not fail to turn to the best account all the knowledge and experi
ence of such political officers as were within his reach, whether under
his authority or not.
The Hon^ble C. A. Murray, late British Minister at Tehran and
temporarily residing at Baghdad, visited Bushehr at the beginning of
the war, accompanied by Dr. Dickson, the physician to the British Lega
tion in Persia. He came by way of Basrah, descending the Shatt -al-'Arab
in the " Hugh Lindsay/"' and passing Muhammareh with his flag at
the mast-head, yet without drawing the fire of the Persian batteries,—
a circumstance which the author * by whom it is mentioned inter
prets as a courtesy on the part of the Persians towards a British
Minister. Sir J. Outram on arrival at Bushehr found Mr. Murray
there, and a cordial interview took place between them ; nor did
Mr.. Murray leave again for Baghdad until the 23rd of February. He was
apparently in favour of vigorous measures against Persia,— : an attitude very
natural on his part in view of the causes of his retirement from Tehran.
It was at nrst ordered that Commander Felix Jones, I.N., the B^si-
dent in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , should cease to exercise his functions as such
on the arrival of the expeditionary force and that he should be attached,
as a Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. with advisory powers, to the staff of the General io
command. After the occupation of Bushehr Commander
Was employed, with his Assistant Lieutenant Disbrowe, " i 11
* Watson in his History of Persia, page 447, footnote. But it may be doubted
whether Persian artillery officers would be able to distinguish one British flag fr0111
another ; and it does not appear that dtiy British vessel in the river was fired, od by ^
Persians before the " Comet " on the 3rd March which on her previous downward
journey had passed without annoyance.

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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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2024] (541/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 7 December 2023]

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