'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915'  (204/1782)
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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privileges as at Bandar 'Abbas, the course of negotiations for the renewal
of grants might, in 1696, have been accelerated; but the Company
prudently abstained from committing themselves to hostile action against
the Arabs of 'Oman, whose pirates had up to this time respected British
At length, after many delays, a satisfactory Farman,* dated 18th
June 1697, was signed by the Persian monarch; its general provisions
were similar to those of the Farman of Shah 'Abbas I of 1617 and need
not therefore be summarised here,t but in it was added a condition that the
import and export duties payable by the Company in Persia should be the
same as those levied by the Turks at Aleppo and Constantinople.
The Raqams J or subsidiary grants by which the Farman was accom
panied were 2-0 § in number; of these 18, already existing, were now only
confirmed, while the remaining two were granted for the first time. Under
the old Raqams the Company enjoyed the following rights :—(1) to
possess a house at Isfahan; (2) to recover goods taken from them on the
road ; (3) to be exempt from Rahdari or road dues throughout Persia; (4)
to receive civil usage ; (5) to export twelve horses annually ; (6) to export
(? in each year) 2,000 maunds of merchandise duty free ; (7) to convey
their goods in safety to their house at Isfahan ; (8) to bring water to
their house; (9) to have guards for their caravans ; (10) to make, drink
and export wine; (11) to employ assistants for making wine; (12) to
buy what Kirman wool they might require; (13) " to have the power of
judging of the offences of their own people; " (14) to sell goods for
ready money to the Governor of Bandar 'Abbas, who, however, was forbid
den to compel such sales ; (15) to re-occupy a house at Shiraz, of which
they had been dispossessed by the Persian Governor; (16) to refuse
presents to Khans and Governors ; (17) to be protected against hindrance
in landing their goods at Bandar 'Abbas; and (18) to deal free of duty in
sugar and assafoetida. The two new Raqams provided (19) for the exemp ■
tion of British trade in Persia, in future, from the dues knoun as Sad-Yak||
and Havoy,^[ and (20) for an immediate adjustment of the arrears of
customs due to the Enodish at Bandar 'Abbas.
* Also described aa an 'Ahdnameh or " engagement."
t A statement of the contents will be found in Bruce's Annals of the Honorable
East India Company, Vol. Ill, pages 241-3, from which also (page 243) the statement
of Raqams given in the text is taken.
% Literally " writings."
§ According to Bruce the number was 21, of which 19 were old, but his enumeration
shows only 18 of that class.
|| Or " one per cent."
So in Bruce. It ia difficult to conjecture what Persian word is intended-
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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:
- 'Chapter I. General History 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. Region' (Part IA, pages 1-396);
- 'Chapter II. History of the ’Omān Sultanate' (Part IA, pages 397-629);
- 'Chapter III. History of Trucial ’Omān' (Part IA, page 630-Part IB, page 786);
- 'Chapter IV. History of Qatar' (Part IB, pages 787-835);
- 'Chapter V. History of Bahrain' (Part IB, pages 836-946);
- 'Chapter VI. History of Hasa' (Part IB, pages 947-999);
- 'Chapter VII. History of Kuwait' (Part 1B, pages 1000-1050);
- 'Chapter VIII. History of Najd or Central Arabia' (Part 1B, pages 1051-1178);
- 'Chapter IX. History of Turkish ’Iraq' (Part 1B, pages 1179-1624).
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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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