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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2389] (906/1262)

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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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1691. father Charles died of plague at Basrah.
1694. Father Klie de St Albert, a Belgian Carmelite of Antwerp,
was appointed Bishop of Isfahan by Pope Clement X.
1698. Father Pierre-Paul, a Barefoot Carmelite of a noble Neapo
litan family, was appointed Vicar Apostolic of India and
Ambassador on the part of the Pope^ the Emperor of the
Romans, and the Venetian Republic to the Shah of Persia.
1699. The prelate of Isfahan, appointed in 1694- - see above, was
sent by Shah Husain as an Ambassador to the Pope and the
1700. In this year Father Basile de St. Charles was prior of the
convent at Isfahan.
1703. The Carmelites were expelled from Basrah by a fanatical
lurkish Governor; but 18 months later they returned, to
the great joy of their flock.
1708. Mgr. iMaurice de Ste. Therese, a Barefoot Carmelite, Vicar
Apostolic in the territories of the Great Mughal, passed
through Basrah on his way to India; he founded a Carmelite
mission at Bombay, which has since been replaced bv one
of the Jesuits.
1712, Mgr. Gatien de Galliezan, coadjutor of the Bishop of
Babylon, died at Isfahan.
1721. The present Carmelite mission at Baghdad was founded by
father Joseph-Marie de Jesus, a Burgundian. (This
Father had the rank of Pro-Vicar Apostolic; his life, while
at Baghdad, was repeatedly in danger from the Muham-
madans and the Gregorian Armenians.* In 1721 there was a
Portuguese church at Kung, and one or two priests resided
there who subsisted on alms and perquisites.)
1728. Father Urbain de Ste. Elisee, as Provincial Yicar of Persia
and Arabia, visited the convents in both countries.
1733. Father Jean-Joseph de St. Antoine, of Avignon, died at
Bandar 'Abbas.
1735. Father Antoine, a Carmelite missionary died at Bandar
1737. On the 16th of June M. Matthieu de Villeneuve of the
French ship u St, Francois/'' died at Basrah, assiste par
nos Peres et muni des sacraments/' On the 29th of July M.
Claude Granger, of Burgundy, sent by the King of France,
" a la recherche d'antiquites, ou de monuments, ou de plantcs
inconnues,'" died of sunstroke in the desert at two days' march
from Basrah, (but appa rently without the rites of the Church).
# About this time, according to Hamilton, the Basrah mission was in bad hands.
^ of thr e e Carmelite priests there: "These sanctified .Rascals wer a a Scandal
fro hy making a Tavern of their Church; fcr having more Indulgence
vji n , Government than the. Mahometans, in moral Matters, they abuse it to the
ParL' S f 8 ' se ^ D S Arrack, which they distil from Date9, and procuring Birds of
Baw 0 * ^ 1186 ^ their Customers." He describes a raid made by the Pasha An Ottoman title used after the names of certain provincial governors, high-ranking officials and military commanders. of
&1 ali upon the Carmelite distillery.

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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' [‎2389] (906/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 13 July 2024]

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