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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎155] (298/1782)

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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other French agents were moving about in the Middle East at this time
is shown by the instructions given to Lieutenant Skinner, in whose
vessel the orders for Mr. Hankey Smith were sent; for he was directed
to make close enquiry regarding the presence at Masqat of persons of
French nationality or in the French service, and, if any such were found,
he was to try to get them handed over to him by the local authority.
The three individuals whose arrest was chiefly desired were M. Descor-
ches, perhaps the former Envoy-Extraordinary of France at the Porte;
Mr. Humphries, an English renegade, who was his fellow-traveller;
and the Abbe de Beauchamp, probably a priest of that name who had
lately been the representative of France at Baghdad. All of these
were supposed to be on their way to Mauritius, where the Abbe had been
designated for an official appointment; and Lieutenant Skinner was
authorised to offer the Governor of Masqat a sum not exceeding
lis. 8,000 for the surrender of each of them, as well as Rs. 1,000 to
lis. 3,000 a head for the surrender of any other Frenchmen who might
be there. Nothing seems to have resulted from Lieutenant Skinners
cruise, unless that in January 1797 Saiyid Sultan wrote to Bombay
that a report which had reached the Governor of the Presidency,
that three Frenchmen were living in 'Oman territory and supplying their
Government with information prejudicial to the East India Company,
was without foundation. In 1797 there were rumours of French and
Dutch vessels being allowed by Saiyid Sultan to frequent Masqat under
Arab colours, and the Governor of Bombay seems to have reprimanded
the native agent Non-British agents affiliated with the British Government. of the East India Company there for negligence in
reporting the fact, and also to have expostulated with the Saiyid himself on
the subject. In what manner the Saiyid could be supposed to prevent
Europeans from abusing his flag upon the high seas, which was the real
cause of inconvenience to the British, is not clear. An American,
Captain Crouch, whose ship the " Latchmi" made a voyage from
Batavia to Masqat, and thence to Mauritius, seems to have come under
suspicion of helping the French. In 1798, through two sons of Mr.
Hankey Smith, the British Resident at Bushehr, who were captured
by the French in the * " Lanal " and carried to Mauritius, the existence
of French arrangements for obtaining information by means of Arab
visitors to Masqat was brought to light. The movement of British
vessels between India and 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. was naturally one of the
principal subjects of study of the French spies.
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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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