'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915'  (342/1782)
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 Sultan of ; Oman did not neglect the opportunity afforded by his Submission
close association with the British in the expedition of 1 HI 0 20 to ^^ n e ( S r ^ kh9
reassert* his claims to suzerainty over the Bahrain Islands; and the A1 of'Omin^' 1
Khalifah joint Shaikhs of that principality, though the British authorities 1820 -
were careful to avoid even the appearance of supporting Saiyid Sa'id's
pretensions, were eventually intimidated by him into sending a represen
tative to Masqat, through whom they promised an annual tribute of
$30,000. The Persian Government of Fars, on whose support the Saiyid
had hitherto leaned in his enterprises against Bahrain, were much
chagrined by this settlement, in which they had no part.
Period of special precautions against piracy immediately following
the expedition, 1820-23.
It had for some years been regarded as desirable that the British
Government should possess a permanent base of action in the Persian
Gulf. This project was first raised in connection with the question of
trade and the supposed designs of European powers in Persia; but, with
the rise of piracy, greater stress came to be laid upon its military advan
tages in relation to the smaller and more turbulent of the Gulf powers.
In 1801 an ineffectual effort t was made, as we have seen, to obtain the
cession of some islands by Persia, which would have made the realisation
of the scheme possible ; in 1808-09, the seizure of Kharag was contem
plated, and all but carried into execution, by the Government of India ;
and the commanders of the expedition of 1809 -10, against the
Qawasim were ordered.[ to select a suitable island for a British settle-
* Vied page 193 and page 195 ante.
t Vide page 175 ante.
J The orders on this point, in 1809, were worded, as follows ;—
" The Governor in Council would also be happy to be favoured with your opinion
in respect to the most eligible island in the vicinity of the Joasmee ports which it
would be advisable fur us to occupy as a maritime station or Kesidency iu preference to
Muscat, with the view of more effectually commanding the entrance of the Gulph
and checking the future depredations of the pirates, accompanied by your sentiments
in respect to tlie force that may be necessary to maintain [the] possession not only
against the native powers in the Gulph but also with reference to such European force
as (may) occasionally visit that quarter, and which it is not to be supposed will ever
exceed two French frigates at the utmost, so long as we maintain onr maritime
superiority. The removal of the Kesidency from Muscat is the more desirable from
the lamentable casualties that have occurred at that insalubrious station, at which
perhaps every object we have in view would be attainable through the agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. of the
native broker Often a local commercial agent in the Gulf who regularly performed duties of intelligence gathering and political representation. , controlled by the presence of the Resident at a vicinal port;"
Presence of a
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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:
- 'Chapter I. General History 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. Region' (Part IA, pages 1-396);
- 'Chapter II. History of the ’Omān Sultanate' (Part IA, pages 397-629);
- 'Chapter III. History of Trucial ’Omān' (Part IA, page 630-Part IB, page 786);
- 'Chapter IV. History of Qatar' (Part IB, pages 787-835);
- 'Chapter V. History of Bahrain' (Part IB, pages 836-946);
- 'Chapter VI. History of Hasa' (Part IB, pages 947-999);
- 'Chapter VII. History of Kuwait' (Part 1B, pages 1000-1050);
- 'Chapter VIII. History of Najd or Central Arabia' (Part 1B, pages 1051-1178);
- 'Chapter IX. History of Turkish ’Iraq' (Part 1B, pages 1179-1624).
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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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