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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎172] (315/1782)

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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172
Kstablislnnent
of a British
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
Baghdad,
1798.
Mission of
Mehdi 'Ali
Khan to 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.
and Persia,
1798-1799.
as to its further movements. Those destined for Tehran and Constanti
nople were carried in a vessel owned by the Sultan of •'Oman to Bushebr
and Basrah, respectively, where they disembarked; but the envoys to
the Porte were persuaded by the British Resident at Basrah to
return to India on account of the death of their master, which had
meanwhile occurred at the fall of Seringupatain in May 1799 ; and those
accredited to the Persian monarch, though apparently received by him
as a matter of form, were unable for the same reason to enter upon the
business for which they had been sent.
In the summer of 1798, before any overt step had been taken by the
French in the Middle Kast, a British Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. was established at
Baghdad under Mr. (afterwards Sir) Harford Jones of the Bombay civil
establishment. The object of this measure was, by acquiring an ascen
dancy over the Pasha of Bag-hdad, to check the extension of Bonaparte's
influence eastwar Is. The British and Turkish Governments were now
informally united ag-ainst the French, and in 1799 a regular defensive
alliance was concluded between them, having as an immediate object tho
expulsion of the French from Egypt. Meanwhile, under orders from
the Porte, the French Consul and the subjects of the French Govern
ment at Basrah were arrested and sent as prisoners to Constantinople;
but there is nothing to show that the British were in any way respon-
sible for this unusual and unjustifiable proceeding on the part of their
Turkish allies.
Soon after the creation of the British 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 Baghdad, a further
step for the protection of British interests in the Middle Ifast was taken
in the deputation from India to 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. of Mehdi J Ali Khan,
a Persian protege of the Governor of Bombay. This Envoy, besides
promoting British trade in the Gulf, was to arrange for the prevention,
if possible, by means of a Persian military movement upon Herat,
of any attempt at an invasion of India by the ruler of Afghanistan, and
for the exclusion of French influence from 'Oman and Persia. In so far
as they related to encouraging hostilities by Persia against Afghanistan,
the instructions given to Mehdi ""Ali Khan were superfluous, both on
account of the enmity already existing between the two rulers and of
the real powerlessness of Zaman Sliah ; but they were productive of
useful results in 'Oman, where an agreement was obtained from the
Sultan on the 12th October 1798 binding him to the British side in the
Anglo-French contest, excluding the .French from his territories during
its continuance, and granting the British a right to settle at Bandar
'Abbas,.which he held on lease from Persia, The Shah of Persia, also

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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:

Extent and format
2 volumes (1624 pages)
Arrangement

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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