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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2033] (550/1262)

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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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was eventually ordered to Herat, where he arrived in December 1857, was
W eii received bv Sultan Ahmad Khan, the new ruler, and remained till
the following March, returning to Bushehr on his way to India at the
beginning of June 1858.
Meanwhile Mr. Murray had returned to Tehran on the 18th July
1857 ; and, all the requirements of the Treaty in regard to his reception
having been honourably executed, preparations were made for the evacu
ation by the British troops of Bushehr and Kharag.
On the 2nd October 1857 Bushehr was evacuated by the British
troops and Commander Felix Jones resumed his duties as Resident there;
but a garrison, including the SSrd Native Light Infantry, was temporari
ly left, under the command of Brigadier Honner, upon Kharag Island.
Meanwhile the Persians continued to occupy Lash-Juwain in Sistan,
Eventually, beginning in December 1857, the British garrison on Kharag
was also withdrawn, the process being finally completed on the 4th
February 1858.
After the war the relations of Britain and Persia resumed an ami
cable course ; but for a number of years, apart from telegraph operations
to be mentioned presently, apathy was the principal characteristic of
British policy in regard to Persian affairs. After the serious military
reverse which they sustained in Turkistan in 1860, the Persian Govern^
raent once more sought to obtain British officers for the Persian army ;
but their proposals were coldly received by the British Government, and
the negotiations ultimately^ broke down on a question of the proportion
in which the cost of the arrangements should be divided between Persia
and India.
The Persian request for British military officers was renewed in 1870,
when it was again ignored ; and thereafter the guidance of Persia in
military affairs passed into the hand of foreigners of other nations.
The construction of lines of telegraph in and across Persia between
1861 and 1870, on British advice and by British agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. , was a work of
great magnitude and in its result conferred vast advantages on the
country. It had an excellent and happy effect on Anglo-Persian rela-
hons, besides which it maintained British prestige in Persia and kept on
in p- . ^is opportunity is bewailed by the principal writers on British policy
Curzc) 01 ' 818 ^ 866 - ^ aw ^ n80n ' s England and Bussia in the East, page 101, and Lord
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October 1867,
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The Anglo-

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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.

Physical characteristics

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' [‎2033] (550/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 5 December 2023]

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