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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2127] (644/1262)

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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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j December 1904 a special Persian Mission under Mirza Riza
was received at St. Petersburg by His Majesty the Tsar.
h official matters general to the whole of Persia, 1896-1905.
Increased British activity in Persia resulted in increased expenditure^
the incidence of which became a question between the Imperial and
Indian Governments, In 1899 the contribution of His Majesty's
Goverament to the maintenance of the British establishments in Persia
was £15,460, that of the Government of India £61,05^ per annum. A
re -adjustment of these charges was desired by the Government of
India, who suggested that either the whole expenditure of the two
Governments in Persia should be thrown together and then divided
between them in a fixed proportion, or each Government should
undertake the expenses relating to a particular territorial sphere. The
whole question was settled by the report of a Eoyal Commission
appointed in 1897 to consider the question of Indian expenditure.
Their recommendations, which were made in April and adopted in
September 1900, were to the effect that the annual contribution of
£7,000 from Indian revenues on account of the British Mission in
Persia, which had been fixed in 1891, should be lowered to £2,000;
and that future additions to the charges of the Mission and Consulates
in Persia should be evenly divided between the Home and the Indian
Treasuries, the two Governments agreeing not to create new establish
ments or add to existing ones except by mutual consent.
In 1899 an officer of the Indian Army was appointed to be Military
Attache in His Britannic Majesty's Legation at Tehran, and to combine
with his functions as such those of Oriental Secretary. But in 1901
this arrangements ceased, and, though an Indian officer still held the
post of Military Attache, he was no longer charged with any political
During the period under review, chiefly in consequence of the supply
% Russia of Cossack guards to her Consulates in Persia, a large increase
was made in the number and strength of the British consular guards
also, the additions consisting wholly of Indian cavalry. In 1899 the
only British consular guards in the country were 56 Indian infantry
a mounted escort of 9 sabres at Bushehr, besides 5 Indian cavalry at
Division of
in Persia
between His
and the Gov
ernment of
India, 1899-
Personnel of
His Britannic
Legation at
Increase of
British Con
sular guards
in Persia,

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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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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' [‎2127] (644/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 9 December 2023]

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