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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2640] (1157/1262)

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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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a Hardinge". At H a.m . the Governor came off from tlie shore and
was received on the main deck of the a Hardinge ^ where 1 he Shah^s
message was officially delivered to the Viceroy and was acknowledged by
him. Subsequently the Governor's visit was returned on shore by Sir A.
Hardinge and Mr. Dane^ Secretary to the Government of India in
the Foreign Department, who were received by the Salar-i-Mu'azzam in a
tent upon the quay ; the quay was covered with carpets, a guard-of-honour
was in waiting, and the Minister's salute was fired by a shore battery.
Later in the day a deputation of the British Indian subjects
itish an ^ traders residing at Bandar 'Abbas, over 30 in number, were received
sub- by the Viceroy on the main deck of the " Hardinge " ; they were intro
duced by Captain Grey, Vice-Consul at Bandar ^Abbas, who accompanied
the cruise from this place to Bushehr, and they presented an address of
welcome which ran as follows :—
Mai/ it please Your Excellency y —We, the British Indian Subjects and Traders
of Bandar'Abbas, beg leave to offer to Your Excellency a respectful and cordial
Owing to the situation of this port at the entrance to the Gulf, the subjects of
the British Empire residing in Bandar 'Abbas are privileged to enjoy the unique
honour of being the first to welcome the first; Viceroy of India who has visited the
shores of this country.
We welcome Your Excellency to the land of ancient Iran, a land which has passed
through troubles and changes above its share, and which has ever been, and will ever
be, to the rest of the world a land of absorbing interest, if orly on account of its
historical connections ; we are, moreover, privileged to welcome Your Excellency not
as a stranger, but as one who is intimately acquainted with Persia, and who takes the
liveliest interest in her affairs.
The port of Bandar 'Abbas, although it is well known to be unhealthy, and has
the reputation of being one of the hottest places in the world, enjoys an importance
peculiar to itself. The neighbouring islands, in addition to the ruins of ancient
fortresses, which were in former times scenes of encounters between powerful
European Powers, abound in rich mineral ores, which will employ the attention of
traders for many years to come. Our port itself, with its valuable import and export
trade, may be considered the great empoirium for the marts of Central and Southern
Persia; and the fact that British subjects can, under the protecting hand of Govern
ment, lay claim to the greater part of this trade, is to us a source of pride and
Another fact which we beg to record on the present occasion is that of the estab
lishment of a Vice-Consulate, which has taken place during Your Excellency's tenure
of the Viceroyalty, and, for this marked proof of the interest taken by the Imperial
Government in the advancement of our interests, we beg to offer our grateful
acknowledgments. Since this Consulate has been founded our community has
increased, our trade has risen to a higher level, and our merchants have penetrated
into the furthest towns of Central Persia; and, although there are still adverse
circumstances to contend with,—notably the absence of telegraphic communication
with the outside world,— our unbounded confidence in the benignity of British rule
leads us to hope for greater facilities in the future, to the increasing prosperity of
British subjects, and the consequent enhancement of British prestige.
In conclusion, we desire humbly to express the hope that Your Excellency's past
associations with this historic land will he strengthened by the present visit, and that
of the memories of your tour in these waters not the least pleasant may be that of
Your Excellency's reception by the British subjects in Bandar 'Abbas.
Lord Curzon replied to the address in the following terms:—
Qentlemen, —In thanking you for your address, let me express my pleasure at
meeting here a community of British Indian subjects of His Majesty the King-
Emperor, enjoying the hospitality of a foreign and friendly land, and engaged in a

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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' [‎2640] (1157/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 4 December 2023]

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