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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎78] (221/1782)

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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78
Life and
conduct of
servants.
Correspond
ence.
it was laid down that the Factories at Isfahan and Bandar 'Abbas should
both be permanent. In 1695 there was only a sub-Agent at Isfahan,
but again, in 1697 or 1698, it was ordered that the Factory there should
be treated as the Company's chief seat in Persia and the Factory at
Bandar ; Abbas as subordinate to it. In 1699, as we have seen, the
English Factory at Isfahan was deemed worthy of a visit by the Shah
of Persia and his ladies.
Personal details of the Company's staff are interesting, but not of
historical importance ; they relate chiefly to the deaths of Factors (generally
without a will), to their decent burial (sometimes with the help of the
Dutch), and to the a villanies and baseness " of Hindu brokers, etc. The
decease in June 1677 of Mr. Gerald Aungier, President at Surat, is worthy
of mention, however; for it was considered that the maintenance of the
English trade in Persia, in very difficult circumstances, during the
preceding sixteen years had been due mainly to his talents, integrity and
zeal, and the event itself was regarded as a public calamity. In some
respects the Company do not appear to have been well served by their
employes in Persia. In 1662 the Surat Council complained that they
had received no regular accounts from Bandar 'Abbas for three yearb,
and in 1676 a reprimand became necessary, as the books of that Factory
had been withheld for four years, on the frivolous plea that paper
was not obtainable.
At the beginning of the period, and possibly later also, the Court of the
Company in England £eem to have carried on their correspondence with
the East in duplicate, sending one set of copies overland by Aleppo and
Basrah and the other by sea round the Cape. In 1686, when Interlopers
or private merchants were securing earlier intelligence from India than the
Company, arrangements were made for the despatch of information
to the Court, at intervals of six weeks, by the Aleppo route.
'Oman affairs, 1653-1722.
estaCh t a As lias already been mentioned, the Council at Surat contemplated
East 0 "India 6 ^ formation of a settlement, protected by a garrison of 100
Company at troops, at Masqat; but the consent of the native Arab powers could '
I659! 110 ^ 0 ^ a i ne d, and the proposal was dropped. The object of the
scheme was to establish a commanding influence in the Gulf by
overawing leisia ard counteracting the eea-power of the Dutcl^,

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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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