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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2652] (1169/1262)

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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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On the 2nd o£ November it transpired that the Governor-General
of Fars wo aid reside, daring Lord (Jurzon^s stay at Bdshehr, at a house
which was five miles from Bushehr and was connected with the town
only by a very inferior road ; also that he proposed to give the official
Persian banquet in Lord Curzon^s honour at this highly inconvenient
place. The Viceroy, who at this time was suffering from indisposition,
on becoming aware of these circumstances gave it to be known that,
unless the banquet could be arranged in some Persian official residence at
Bushehr town, he would be willing to dispense with the compliment-
Later it appeared that the house selected by the Persian Govern
ment for the Viceroy^s residence on shore was one known as the Mid-hat -
ud-Dauleh's (or the Malik's) at Eishehr, ^ very difficult of access from
Bushehr; and on the 22nd of November the Persian Government
enquired whether the Viceroy would prefer this house or the Persian
Government House, generally known as the Chaharburj, at Bushehr ;
in asking this question the Mushir-ed-Dauleh intimated, not obscurely,
that it was hoped the Mid-hat-ud-Dauleh's house would be chosen. On
the 25th of November Sir A. Hardinge, replying on behalf of Lord
Curzon to the Persian Government's inquiry of the 22nd, explained that
the Mid-hat-ud-Dauleh's house was unsuitable, and proposed that, unless
the official residence for the Viceroy could be provided in Bushehr town,
the A'la-ud-Dauleh should pay his ceremonial visit to Lord Curzon on
board ship or, preferably, at the British Kesidency at Bushehr. On the
next day, the 26th, orders were given by the Persian Government to
prepare the Chaharburj for His Excellency's reception; but, notwithstand
ing this, on the 27th a hint was indirectly conveyed to Sir A. Hardinge
that the Shah would be annoyed, and would probably attribute it to
the Minister's advice, if the Chaharburj were selected instead of the Mid-
hat-ud-Dauleh's house. It should be noted that when Sir A. Hardin^e
met Lord Curzon at Masqat he did not anticipate any trouble about the
arrangements at Bushehr; nor, indeed^ did the difficulty become serious
ftntil the arrival at the latter port.
On the 30th of November Colonel Kemball arrived at Bushehr
from Kuwait, and had an interview with the A'la-ud-Dauleh and his
assistant, Nawwab Husain Quli Khan, C.B., the Persian Foreign Office
functionary once already mentioned ; this individual belonged to a family
having connections with India, he had for may years been First Secre
tary of the Persian Legation in London, he spoke English and French,
he had accompanied the Shah on his European tour of 1902, and on the
present occasion he was attached to the Governor-General of Fars as a
representative of the Persian FWeign Office. At his interview with Colo
nel Kemball the A'la-ud-Dauleh announced that he had received distinct
orders from his Government and from t|ie Shah which precluded his
paying the first visit to the Viceroy at the British Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. ; while
Colonel Kemball on his side pointed out that, as the A'la-ud-Dauleh was
himself occupying the Chaharburj, it could not be regarded as the
Viceroy's exclusive residence, and that an interchange of visits between
the two while occupying the same building would be little better than
a farce. Various alternative arrangements were then discussed, and
# rhe Micl-hafc«d«Dau leh or Malik-u-Tuj jar was a former Governor of the Gulf Ports

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2652] (1169/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 5 December 2023]

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