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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2656] (1173/1262)

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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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message to
the Shah.
tations by the
of a statement by Lord Percy in the House of Commons on the 3rd of
February 1906^ that a the form of ceremonial originally arranged between ^
a the Persian Government and His Majesty^s Minister at Tehran was*"
" subsequently modified by the former in certain particulars before the "
^ Yiceroy's arrival at Bushehr/^ and that a the desire and intention "
" expressed by His Majesty the Shah of showing courtesy and hospita- ,}
"lity to the Viceroy was unhappily frustrated owing to the arrangements "
" locally made.^ On the 22nd of February the Persian Government^
through the Persian Minister in London^ formally signified their dissent
from Lord Lansdowne^s memorandum of the 25th January and their own
opinion that the British officials were responsible for the Bushehr incident.
The matter was now submitted to His Majesty King Edward.
His Majesty was pleased to approve Lord Lansdownc's memorandum
of the 25tK January^ and he commanded a special message to be conveyed
to the Shah. In this message, while emphasis was laid on the friendly
sentiments animating both nations and on the cordial reception given
to the Viceroy at Bandar ■'Abbas, it was intimated that the King was
unable to consider that the proposals made by Lord Curzon and Sir A.
Hardinge as to the ceremonial at Bushehr were in excess of what was
suitable, oi that the Viceroy was otherwise than justified in deciding
that the alternatives offered to him were not such as could properly be
accepted; but it was added that, in view of the friendship happily existing
between the two countries, it would be a mistake to make the incident the
subject of prolonged discussion. About the 23rd of March the A^la-us-
Saltaneh, the Persian Minister in London, had an audience of the King at
which a communication in the above terms was made to him, and the mess
age was also sent to Sir A. Hardinge at Tehran for delivery to the Shah.
When the royal message was delivered by Sir A. Hardinge to the
Mushir-ud-Dauleh, a special audience of the Shah not having been
deemed necessary,—it was found that the Persian Minister in London
had conveyed to his Government an erroneous idea of the purport of the
message, and efforts were thereupon made by the Persian authorities to
obtain a modification' of its terms. This was of course refused, and the
British Minister at Tehran was cautioned to avoid using any expression
which might be construed as an apology. The affair thus ter
While these discussions were in progress, the Persian officials and
Government did not neglect means of giving currency to their version
of the case. Shortly after Lord Cnrzon^s departure an article appeared
in the Persian newspaper " Muzaffari ^ at Bushehr, in which it was
stated that, according to the arrangements agreed upon, the Viceroy was
to have visited the A^la-ud-Dauleh first at the Chaharburj and that his
call was to have been returned at the " Amiriyeh and the whole incident
was represented as a striking example of British bad faith. It was
believed that this article was inspired by the A^la-ud-Dauleh ; but the
Salar-i-Mu^azzam showed scant consideration for the editor, whjm he
arrested and caused to be bastinadoed on the 11th of December. On the
25th of January 1904 the Persian Foreign Minister sent a cypher
telegram to the Yamin-i-Nizam in Sistan in which, various essential
particulars being suppressed, a misleading account was given of the
arrangements for the Viceroy^s visits to Bandar ^Abbas and Bushehr

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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' [‎2656] (1173/1262), 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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