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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2029] (546/1262)

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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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tion published on the 6th November 1857, that "the British troops leare
behind them in Persia a reputation, not for valour alone, but for dis
cipline, moderation and justice.*" In addressing the Secretary of State
for Foreign Affairs regarding his dealings with the Arab tribes Sir J.
Outram, shortly before his departure from Persia, wrote :—
" It will be as satisfactory to your Lordship as it is to myself, to know, that whilst
our relations with the Arab tribes have been carried on in the most friendly spirit, in no
one instance has their presumed loyalty to the Shah been tampered with, neither have
we fettered ourselves ^ith a single after engagement towards them.
"Their only regret seemed to be, that we were not to continue in permanent posses
sion of their country, and when it is remembered that such sentiments were expressed
after our victorious troops had occupied their soil for nearly two months r the fact re
flects the highest credit upon the discipline and morale of our Anglo-Indian army."
But the most convincing evidence of the moral effect of the war on
the people of Persia, as distinguished from the Persian Governmentj was
supplied by Colonel Taylor, Herat Commissioner^ who reported as
follows more than a year after the ratification of, the Treaty of Peace ;—
... during my march through Persia I have observed in many instances the good
effects of the late occupations by British troops. The whole people of Fars (Southern
Persia) are loud in their praises of the justice and humanity evinced on every occasion by
all officers with whom they came into contact; the treating wounded soldiers and pre
senting them with a gratuity on their recovery was contrasted with the conduct of their
own people, who instantly plundered them of the clothes and money they had received,
from their enemies ; the prompt payment and liberal price given for every necessary
article has kept up the impression of the unlimited resources of the Government, and the
wealth of individuals.
Throughout the country, overtures have been made to me by all classes, and not only
unsought, but positively discouraged. The soldiers at Shiraz spoke out boldly against
the Shooja-ool-Moolk (the Hero of Kooshab) and their other officers. The Elkhaneey
(the most influential man in all Fars) remarked that we could take the low country
easily enough, but that we should find difficulty in forcing the passes, " which," he
significantly added, "are in my hands." He continued, "your Government makes a
mistake in not placing chiefs in higher positions: when Fars is annexed, confer the
rank of Colonel, etc., and do not limit them to soobadars and jemadars." The eldest
son of the Tungistan chief, who has the sole control of everything, said with much
emphasis, that the next time British troops came into Persia, he should join them
bodily with every efficient man, without even waiting for a guarantee for the future.
To all these overtures I gave a general assurance that the English Government was
not disposed to weaken Persia, but rather keep her strong, as was manifested by the
mild chastisement inflicted on the occasion of the last war ; but, I added, that their
appreciation of the justice, humanity, and liberality of the English officers could not
ail to afford satisfaction to the Governor-General.
At the conclusion of the operations the relations between the British
^ P er sian military chiefs were friendly, though not close; and no

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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' [‎2029] (546/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 4 December 2023]

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