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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎125] (268/1782)

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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Such amenities of life as were attainable were not neffleeted by the
Company s servants at Bandar'Abbas. They lived at a eommon table,
w ic > was snpphed at their employers' expense with Madeira and Persian
wine ; the latter cost about twenty-pence the bottle and was " the best"
says Ives " I ever tasted except claret." The Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. had a country
house and a pleasant garden at 'Ism, ten miles distant; and it was to this
place that a son and brother of Muhammad Taqi Khan, Governor of
Jars, invited themselves as guests at the beginning of 1730.
Public events of importance were duly celebrated by the British
community at Bandar 'Abbas. At the end of 1761 the Bombay Presi-
dency ordered the Agent and Council "to proclaim his most gracious
^ Majesty George the third, and enclosed them copy of the Form use'd
" on that occasion > ^nd ordered them to take the oath of Allegiance to
" him, and to administer both that and the oath of Fidelity to all the
Officers there, both Military and Marine.■'''
Full information regarding the Company's establishments in Turkish Staff, etc., in
Iraq is given in the historical chapter dealing with that country. ^ g rkish
The Company's civil establishments were never without their military Military es-
guards, whether at Bandar 'Abbas, Basrah or Rig. At the end of 1743 ta bli6hments.
the military at Bandar 'Abbas applied to be relieved, as they had served
there for more than two years ; and the Presidency apparently sent in their
place " a sergeant, drummer and twelve topasses, as a common watch,"
but declined to replace Ensign Mackenzie, who had died, on the ground
that the situation did not warrant the continuance of an Ensign's com
mand. In 1 744 the Agent and Council demurred to a reduction of their
guard "from the uncertainty of the times," and requested that an
Ensign and two or three Europeans for Corporals might be sent; the
rank and file were apparently Portuguese " Topasses," whose pay was
Rs. 4 a month,* and Indian sepoys. In 1747, the situation being some
what critical after the death of Nadir Shah, the Presidency sent the
Agent and Council at Bandar 'Abbas " two practical gunners with sundry
a stores and permitted them, if absolutely necessary, to detain half a score
"of men out of the "Drake," in order to defend their Factory against
"any rabble that might insult them." In 1748 two of the Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company.
Topasses went out to the back of the town to fight, and one of them,
Francis Pereira, killed his adversary, Laurence de Romade, with a stick
and was sent as aprisonerto India. After 1750 the detachment at Bandar
'Abbas seems to have been generally an officer's command, and a guard-
* In 1751 the Topasses petitioned that their pay might be raised to Rs. 5 as at
Bombay.

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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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