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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2089] (606/1262)

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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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Tle ; ; cons tructioii of which they were capable, these orders can hardly,
*t must be supposed, have been intended to apply to all the commercial
flings of British Indian subjects in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. .
ea(! ^ k In 1866 difficulties arose at Bushehr in consequence^of a veto placed Right of
it 4 I: ^ the i 00 al officials on the purchase of houses by British merchants from jects to ac-"
% Persian subjects. The question was governed by Article 5 of the separate
.1 lUi Com pact attached to the Treaty of Turkmanchai between Persia and etc., in
Wt % Russia (1828), of which, under the Treaty of I'eace between Persia and ^^5
siluii,. Britain (1857), British subjects were entitled to enjoy the benefit. The
fer )N article referred to laid down that, as it was difficult for foreigners in
p er sia to hire dwelling houses, warehouses, and places for depositing
their merchandise, Russian subjects — and consequently British subjects
— should be free to acquire immoveables of those classes in full owner
In November 1866 the Persian Minister for Foreign Affairs informed
Sir C. Alison, the British Minister in Persia, with reference to the
Bushelir disputes, that British subjects might acquire immoveable
property in Persia only if the hiring of accommodation was impossible,
and that even in such cases the extent of the property must not exceed
the requirements of the occupier as regards either living room or space
for the storage of goods. This reply was forwarded by the British
Minister to the Resident at Bushehr with the remark that, while Europeans
had undoubtedly bought land in Persia and built on it, the building (as
distinguished from the purchase) of houses by foreigners was not speci-
tically authorized by treaty ; and that Sir C. Alison thought it well in
the circumstances, that Europeans should in the first place try to hire
what accommodation they needed, and in case of failure to hire, should
arrange to purchase (instead of building) premises. But the limitations
which the Persian Ministry sought to impose on the acquisition of im
moveable property by foreigners were regarded by Her Majesty^s Govern
ment as unwarrantable, and the British representative at Tehran was
instructed to shape his action in accordance with this view.
Nevertheless, in July 1867, the Persian Minister or Foreign Affairs
gave instructions that no landed property should be alienated to British
subjects or the subjects of other nations, — an order which the Karguzar
^ Bushehr interpreted as meaning that no houses, habitations, or plain
ground could be sold to British subjects or dependents, or to Persian
subjects in British employment. In January 1868 the Karguzar sent the
Resident a list of the British subjects and dependants in whose favour,
under orders from Tehran, no transfer of immoveable property in town

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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' [‎2089] (606/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 8 December 2023]

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