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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2090] (607/1262)

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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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or country might be registered; and the list which purported to be issued
from the office of the Governor, was evidently as comprehensive as it
could be made, including all who were in any way connected witiithe
British Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. down to the very Persians employed in it as servants
In 1868 Her Britannic Majesty's Minister at Tehran obtained permission
for two British subjects to purchase houses, but it was granted by the
Persian Government as a concession, and Her Majesty's Government
thought that on the next occasion which presented itself the general
rights of British subjects in the matter must be firmly insisted on.
After this the question seems to have remained dormant until the end
of 1874, when Messrs. Gray, Paul & Co., bought some land at Bushehr
intending to build warehouses on it, but the Karguzar declined to recog
nise the validity of the transfer or to register the deed of sale unless
under orders from the Persian Foreign Office. In May 1875 the neces
sary orders were procured, not without the intervention of the Britisli
Legation ; but the dimensions of the land acquired by the Britisli firm
were strictly defined, and orders were given that the local Persian
authorities should demolish whatever the purchasers might erect beyond
its limits. The British Minister at Tehran, Mr. Thomson, thought it
necessary to challenge an expression used by the Persian Government in
authorising the sale to Messrs. Gray, Paul & Co., which implied that the
authority was granted " by the Persian Ministers out of respect for the
British Legation, and with a view to friendly co-operation, which they
deem necessary, as far as possible; 33 and he further claimed, on behalf
of British subjects in general, the right to acquire land for building
warehouses whenever such were needed. The Persian Minister for
Foreign Affairs demurred, in his reply, to these views ^ and, though
Mr. Thomson cited numerous cases in which land had been acquired and
built on by foreign subjects in Persia, the correspondence ended incon
In 1876, the Persian authorities at Bushehr having declined, in ^
absence of orders from headquarters, to let Messrs. Gray, Paul & Co,
Limited, a residential house for members of their firm on a plot of i^nd
outside the town specially bought for the purpose, the help of the British
Minister at Tehran was requested by Colonel Ross, the Resident, and
permission was accorded after some delay.
The removal of the British telegraph office from Bushehr to Risbehr.
ultimately effected in November 1877, after four years of correspond
ence, gave rise to fresh discussions regarding the acquisition of
immoveable property in Persia by foreigners. The Persian Government

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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' [‎2090] (607/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 23 July 2024]

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