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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎30] (173/1782)

The record is made up of 2 volumes (1624 pages). It was created in 1915. It was written in English. 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.

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80
Other diffi
culties of the
English in
Periia, 1624-
25.
Persian re
quisitions for
English
naval assist
ance.
their Persian trade, after making, if possible, a personal inspection in
Persia. Apparently at the beginning' of 1625 Kerridge arrived at
Bandar 'Abbas, where he was present during the naval engagements with
the Portuguese fought in February of that year; and, presumably on his
advice, the Company's establishments in Persia were maintained.
In addition to commercial difficulties, the Company's representatives
had to contend with dishonesty and unreasonable demands on the part
of the local Persian officials. No redress could be obtained in respect
of the spoil of Hormuz, the Persian share of which had apparently been
reported by the Khan of Shiraz to his sovereign as amounting to 60,009
Tumans or over £180,000, nor in regard to the unfair division of the
guns taken; and the Company were obliged to be content with three
months' pay for their ships, which had in fact, from first to last, been
employed for eight months in the Persian service. The Persians
apparently agreed that the English should receive half the customs of
Bandar 'Abbas in lieu of those of Hormuz, the trade of which had ceased
to exist; but the proceeds received by the Company were disappointingly
small, and, whereas the former customs of Hormuz had amounted to
^180,000 * a year, the Company's moiety at Bandar 'Abbas seems to
have been only 225 Tumans (£675) in 1624 and 300 Tumans (£900) in
1625.
Frequent requisitions by the Persians for aid against the Portuguese
were, however, the greatest cause of friction. Though not included in
the Anglo-Persian agreement of 9th January 1622, some undertaking to
the effect that " Knglish shipping should clear the passages of this Gulf
and sustain the moiety of the charge " had apparently been given to the
Persians,t who took advantage of it to demand the co-operation of the
English against the Portuguese at Masqat and in the direction of Basrah ;
but the request in regard to Masqat was ultimately evaded, and the other
was directly refused. J The Persians had meanwhile fortified Bandar
'Abbas and improved the defences of Qishm, and at first they held the
Hormuz fort also with a garrison of 200 to 300 men; but the latter
post, till the final overthrow of the Portuguese fleet by the English and
* Piobahly not less than £20,000, and poasibly a good deal more. One contemporary
authority estimated the annual value of the Portuguese customs at HormQz at
£400,100 ; but this seems an impossible figure.
t See m particular Calendar of State Papers {Fast Indies) 1625-29, page 2.
t Fryer—gee footnote on page 24 a«^-seems to connect the failure of the English
to o tain a fail slaie of the Bandar Abbas customs with their supposed default in
protecting the Gulf ; but this theory seems contrary to the evidence.

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Theses two volumes make up Volume I, Part IA and Part IB (Historical) (pages i-778 and 779-1624) of the Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , ’Omān and Central Arabia (Government of India: 1915), compiled by John Gordon Lorimer and completed for press by Captain L Birdwood.

Part 1A contains an 'Introduction' (pages i-iii) written by Birdwood in Simla, dated 10 October 1914. There is also a 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Tables' (page v-viii) and 'Detailed Table of Contents' (pages ix-cxxx), both of which cover all volumes and parts of the Gazetteer .

Parts IA and IB consist of nine chapters:

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2 volumes (1624 pages)
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Volume I, Part I has been divided into two bound volumes (1A and 1B) for ease of binding. Part 1A contains an 'Introduction', 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Trees' and 'Detailed Table of Contents'. The content is arranged into nine chapters, with accompanying annexures, that relate to specific geographic regions in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. . The chapters are sub-divided into numbered periods according, for example, to 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 annexures focus on a specific place or historical event. Further subject headings also appear in the right and left margins of the page. Footnotes appear occasionally at the bottom of the page to provide further details and references.

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Foliation: 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. The sequence runs through parts IA and IB as follows:

  • Volume I, Part IA: The sequence begins on the first folio with text, on number 1, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 456. Total number of folios: 456. Total number of folios including covers and flysheets: 460.
  • Volume I, Part IB: The sequence begins on the first folio with text, on number 457, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 878. It should be noted that folio 488 is followed by folio 488A. Total number of folios: 423. Total number of folios including covers and flysheets: 427.
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