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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎175] (318/1782)

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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consequence was the simultaneous organisation of two separate British ^epSan
missions 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, which came into virtual Gulf, 1808 5
competition with one another. The preparations for the mission British
despatched from England under Sir H. Jones were the earlier begun ; «S^P ation
v j. 4.1 t i* • • b ' Jvliarag; and
but the Indian mission under General Malcolm, starting from a point raissiou of
nearer to the scene of action, was the first in the field. General Malcolm, toP^u!""
after touching at Masqat, reached Bushehr in May 1808 ; but he had not l808,1809 -
the patience to overcome gradually the adverse influence that a new
French mission under General Gardanne had by this time established at
Tehran; and, being required to open his negotiations with the Prince-
Governor oi Shiraz, he refused to do so and left again for India in July,
The instructions given to General Malcolm by Lord Minto seem to have
been of a somewhat indefinite character, but it was intended that he
should study the political situation in Persia, arrange for the expulsion
of the French from the country, should that be possible, and devise
military measures for frustrating any attempt that might be made by
them to form a settlement 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. , He was invested, for
the period of his employment in the Gulf, with full control over all the
office * and establishments of the Government of India in that region ;
and he was also accredited to the Pasha of Baghdad.
When the news of General Malcolm^s failure reached India,
Sir H. Jones, who had been waiting at Bombay, was authorised by the
Governor-General to leave for Persia, which he did without delay. New
orders to remain at Bombay, which were sent him instantly on General
Malcolm's arrival at Calcutta, did not reach Bombay until after he had
sailed. The Government of India then turned their attention to a
scheme, which had already been considered, for the acquisition of an
island 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. ; but, whereas it had formerly been discussed
with a view to commercial advantage and to an agreement with the
Persian Government on the subject, it was now treated rather as a
military question and dispositions were made for carrying it out with a
high hand. Already in 1799 the Government of Bombay had suggested
the establishment of a British station on Kharag or Hormuz, and in
1800-1801 Captain Malcolm had endeavoured, in adjusting the Com
mercial Treaty with Persia, to obtain a cession of the islands of Qishm,
Han jam and Kharag ; but he had been defeated by the obstinacy of Fat-h
'Ali Shah, who regarded the proposal with intense suspicion. It was
* The egregious Mr. Manesty, British Eesident at Basrah, protested a|<»inst his
svibjection to General Malcolm in inflated teyms.

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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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