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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎160] (303/1782)

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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the ship, from the excessive heat; now every man on board can very
" well bear, and indeed does wear a cloth coat or waistcoat/'
From the time of the Seven Years^ War with France the route
between India and Europe by way of Basrah and Aleppo had been
highly prized and much used by the East India Company, and even by
the British Government, as a safe and speedy line of commnnicatioD.
This overland post, or " Desert Mailas it was called, seems to have
been managed by the Compan/s representative at Basrah and the
British Consul at Aleppo jointly; and, in the troubled close of the
eighteenth century, its efficient maiMtenance was regarded as one of
the most important duties of the former of those officers. Dnnno- the
Persian occupation of Basrah in 1776 -79, and again during the
sojourn of the Basrah Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. at Kuwait from 1793 to 1795, the
eastern terminus of the line was located at Kuwait instead of Basrah;
and the working, for various reasons, was not so satisfactory as under
the ordinary conditions. The friendly relations which were generally
maintained by the British Agent at Basrah with the chiefs of Arab
tribes, such as the Muntafik, and even with the Wahhabis of Central
Arabia, whose rise had already begun to have a politically disturb
ing effect, sufficed as a rule to ensure the safety of the British des
patches.
The alarming prevalence of piracy in the Gulf in the years that
followed Mir Mahauna^s successful defiance of the British and the
Persians in 1705 and the unfortunate expedition by the British and
the Turks against the marauding Ka ab tribe in 1766, stimulated after
17(i9 by the war between Karim Khan and the Imam of ^Oman,
obliged the representatives of the East India Company to consider
various expedients for the protection of sea-borne traffic in general.
In 1707 the Agent and Council at Basrah, whose heads had been
turned by the location of a strong squadron in the Gulf under theip
orders, actually introduced, without reference to superior authority, a
system of granting British colours and passes to all owners of native
vessels who applied for them and agreed to pay Rs. 100 a year per
vessel; it was evidently anticipated by the local officers that these
passes would, without occasioning serious inconvenience to the Company,
give sufficient protection against the depredations of the subjects of
petty nuritime chiefs and bring in a considerable revenue. The Eesi-
dent at Bushehr, on being ordered to do his part in establishing this
s) stem, a \ ent further and proposed that the duties payable to the
Ccmpanv by British merchants should be realised also from such native

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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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