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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2646] (1163/1262)

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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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Shaikh ; Iea said that he would consider the subject with his sons and
brother^ and His Excellency admitted that this was a very proper
course; but at the same time he warned the Shaikh that the matter
could not be dropped^ and that definite proposals for a change must be
submitted shortly. After the interview had lasted more than half an
hour the Shaikh took his leave.
Expected An opportunity had been arranged for Shaikh Ahmad of Dohah in
Shaiktfof ^ a ^ ar mee t the Viceroy at Bahrain for the purpose of paying his
Do^iah. respects and stating his views concerning his relations with the British
Government. Had he appeared he would have received an assurance^
authorised by His Majesty's Government^ that the friendship of the
British Government would be continued to him so long as he abstained
from entering into engagements with any other power ; but ; in consequence
of the invitation sent by Colonel Kemball not reaching him in time, he
was absent, and the assurance remained uncommunicated.
The visit to Kuwait; 28th and29tli November.
Arrival and
visit of the
to the
Formal visit
oftbe Shaikh
to the
At 10-30
a. m . on the morning of
of the bay.
Visit of the
Viceroy to
the 28th of November, the "Hard-
mge" reached Kuwait, whither the larger ships of the squadron had
preceded her, and was accompanied by H. M. S. "Pomone" to the inner
anchorage. A salute of 81 guns was fired from an antiquated
battery in front of the Shaikh^s residence, and the " Hardinge"
had scarcely dropped anchor when Shaikh Mubarak himself stepped on
board, accompanied by Colonel Kemball, the Political Kesident, to enquire
for Lord Curzon^s health and to learn the time fixed for his official visit.
At 3 o^clock in the afternoon, the hour appointed, he returned to the
" Hardinge " accompanied only by Shaikh J abir, his eldest son, and was
received with precisely the same ceremonial and etiquette as had been
observed at the formal visit of the Shaikh of Bahrain. Among the
presents he received was a sword, and on taking it from His Excellency's
hands the Shaikh remarked that he also required a belt, as he was now
" one of the soldiers ^ (ahad min al ''asakir),—by which perhaps he meant
a military official of the British Empire. At his departure he was honoured
with a salute of five guns.
After the Shaikhs visit. Lord Curzon proceeded in the "Sphinx" to
examine the headwaters of Kuwait Bay, in the neighbourhood of Kadha-
mah,— an operation which occupied the remaining hours of daylight and
in the course of which the a Sphinx ^ was temporarily aground.
At 10 a. m. on the 29th of November the "Viceroy left the " Hardinge "
under a salute of 31 guns from the a Pomone and landed at Bandar
Shuwaikh, a boat anchorage about three miles from the town, " where
" Shaikh Mubarak, with his sons and chief retainers awaited him at the "
"head of a gallant gathering of Arab horsemen. The Viceroy and"
" Mubarak entered the only carriage which Kuwait boasts of, horses were "
" provided for His Excellency's suite, and then, amidst the firing of guns "

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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' [‎2646] (1163/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 6 December 2023]

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