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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2651] (1168/1262)

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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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but His Excellency did not land as lie would have done had the Gover
nor-General of Ears been present there^ as at first intended.
The second modification which the Persian authorities desired to
introduce into the programme was of a more serious character, and their
efforts to obtain it gradually brought about a situation in which Lord
Curzon found himself obliged to decline landing at Bushehr. The first
step was an offer made by the Persian Government on the 27th of
October—the day of the British Minister's departure from Tehran—
to provide a residence for the Viceroy at Bandar 'Abbas and another at
Bushehr; the terms in which the offer was made seemed to imply that
the Persian Government expected the Viceroy to live on land during his
stay at both places instead of on shipboard, and Lord Curzon accordingly
asked Sir A. Hardingeto explain to the Persian Government the reasons
which made it difficult for him to take up a fixed residence on shore.
The Persian Government, however, continued to press their offer, and,
on the 28th of October requested that the Viceroy would consider the
house which they would provide as being an official residence foi
the reception of visitors on land; their invitation, as reported by
the British Charge d'Affaires at Tehran, concluded with the significant
"phrases— a This will enable the Governor-General of Ears to pay the"
"Viceroy the first visit. If the Viceroy has not an official residence^
" provided by the Persian Government, the latter wish the following ^
" change to be made in the programme The Governor-General of Pars "
" to receive the Viceroy at the landing place, and to proceed together to the ^
" Persian Government House, where the former will receive the Viceroy/
This was the first indication that the question was regarded by
the Persians otherwise than as one of courtesy merely; but as they
asked for an immediate reply, it seemed that they attached some
importance to its settlement. On the 29th of October Sir A. Hardmge-
then at Kashan on his way to Bushehr-recommended, m order to save
discussion, the acceptance by Lord Curzon at Bushehr at least, of a
pro formd official residenee on shore for the purpose of receiving the
Persian Governor-General's official call ; and the Viceroy on the same day
decided to act upon this recommendation and also agreed to the proposal,
advanced bythe Persian Government on the 38th, that he should aceom-
pany the A 'la-ud-Dauleh to the Persian Government House.
On the 30th of October further light was cast upon the attitude of Negotiation,
the Persian Government by a verbal message which the Mushir-ud-Dauleh
sent to Mr. Grant-Duff, the British Charge d 'A &ires at Tehran ; xt was
to the effect that the Persian Government expected the Viceroy to make
the first visit unless he had an official residence provided by the Persian
Government. This suggestion elicited a vehement protest from Sir
A H ardiLe, who had now reached Isfahan in the course of his journey j
and on refeipt of the Minister's letter from that place, about the 12th
of November, the Mushir-ud-Dauleh endeavoured to repudiate his mes-
+ Wv r rarit-Duff His explanations were incredible, for the mes-
" Naww&b Husain Quli Khan, an official of
SVenir rS Offio., f. consultation with «hom Mr. G re „t-D.«
the Persian joreig re porW the message and by whom a copy of
t\t^rhSJt g Xn e Lay for the information of his chief.

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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' [‎2651] (1168/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 28 November 2023]

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