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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2088] (605/1262)

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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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amount of which recovery as claimed was 1,500 Qrans. The circum
stances were considered exceptional by Captain Felix Jones, the Resident
a virtual fraud being involved to which the Native Agent Non-British agents affiliated with the British Government. of the British
Government at Lingeh seemed to have been a party ; and he accordingly
sent the " Clive^ to Lingeh with orders that repayment should be
pressed on the Shaikh in an uncompromising manner, yet without com
mitting the British authorities to any course of action, of whicli the
British Minister in Persia might disapprove. Circumstances connected
with the Anglo-Persian War no doubt influenced the Resident in his
choice of this somewhat unusual course ; the mission, however, succeeded
and the money was recovered.
Afterwards, the Court of Directors The London-based directors of the East India Company who dealt with the daily conduct of the Company's affairs. of the Hon'hle East India
Company having animadverted on his conduct in interfering between a
money-lender and an Arab Shaikh, Captain Jones wrote
The recovery of sums lent by our subjects to Arab Chiefs does in reality form no
pait of the duty of the British representative in these parts, though in his intercourse
with the Chiefs and people he has always endeavoured by friendly remonstrances to
advance their claims by recommending them to the Chiefs, so that they may receive
attention in regions where, without the occasional countenance of protecting authority,
their mercantile transactions and British Indian trade in general would be precarious
if not altogether stagnant.
^ *
At the same time I am fully impressed with the correction that the adjustment of
ordinary transactions between British Native traders and the Chiefs and the people of
these regions should not come under the consideration of the British Kesident, conducted
as such transactions are, in a complicated and usurious manner, peculiar to a needy
papulation on the one hand and a highly speculative and exacting class like the banians
on the other. Indeed, were interference the rule instead of the exception, it would
necessitate Courts of Appeal and British Consular authorities in every petty locality of
the Gulf. Moreover, owing to insecurity attending trade in all Arab localities, I have
more than once promulgated, to those engaged in trade, warning that they are pursuing
it at their own risk. The profits are, however, so great that they are heedless of
temporary losses and continue in the prosecution of gain, content with the assurances
of our general protection against open insult or oppression.
It was eventually laid down by the Grovernment of Bombay
" the Resident should, as a general rule, abstain from all interference
With the claims of merchants against chiefs and others on the shores of
the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. ;» and the Secretary of State for India, with reference
to these instructions remarked that " Her Majesty's Government are
extremely anxious to avoid all useless interference with the pecuniary
and commercial transactions of these Arab chiefs and tribes, and cordially
approve the orders issued by you on the subject." Notwithstanding ^

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2088] (605/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 1 December 2023]

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