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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎250] (393/1782)

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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At length in 1869 arraugements facilitating the co-operation of tlie
Royal Navy with the Indian political authorities, were introduced. In con
sideration of the payment of a subsidy of £70^000 a year by the Govern-
inent of India, and of certain stipulations in regard to expenditure on shore
and the docking and repair of ships, the British Admiralty undertook to
appropriate six vessels of the Royal Navy's East India Squadron to special
service under that Government. Three of the six were to be steam gun
vessels or gunboats and were to be detached for constant and exclusive
service 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. , where they were to perform police duties and
prevent the Arab chiefs from rendering navigation and commerce insecure
by piratical expeditions and from engaging in the slave trade- The officer in
command 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. flotilla was to consider himself at the disposal
of the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. and the other political officers for the support of
British authority ; and he was not to adopt aggressive measures without the
sanction of the political representatives, who were better acquainted than
he with the habits of the people and better qualified to judge of the course
to be pursued in dealing with native chiefs and their subjects. A general
rule under which hostilities could not be undertaken without reference to
the Commander-in-Chief of the Squadron was relaxed with reference 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. .
These arrangements came into force in 1871-72, in which year* H.M.SS.
" Bullfinch/' " Magpie," « Vulture," " Lynx " and Nimble " served in
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. .
During the period that British naval prestige was at its lowest in the Gulf
the Shah of Persia conceived the idea of taking upon himself a part of the
duties left derelict, and proposed to acquire several small ships of war
which would be commanded by British officers and manned by Indian and
Arab crews. His idea seems at first not to have been discountenanced by
H.B.M/s Minister at Tehran, but it encountered opposition from the
Government of India, and a partial re-creation of the Indian Navy was dis*
• * Vif
cussed, only to be negatived. It was apprehended that a Persian navy mign
be used for the prosecution of Persian designs upon Bahrain ; but, as it " a '
also feared that the Shah, if disappointed of British assistance, might have
recourse to France, it was resolved to give him—if unavoidable one ship.
His Persian Majesty, however, did not persevere in his naval projects; audj
with the institution of an efficient naval police by means of vessels of the
British Royal Navy, the matter dropped temporarily into oblivion.
* A list of the British vessels employed 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. from 1863 to 1905 wi
he found in Mr. J. A. Saldanha's Precis oh \ Naval Arrangements in the Per*'-" 1
Gulf, 1862-1905, priated in 1906, pages 6-10.

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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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