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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎340] (483/1782)

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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upon Britain in the French newspapers, his favourite organ being the
" Ddpeche Coloniale," in which one article was even printed over his
signature ; virulent communications clearly traceable to the same source
appeared also in Russian journals and in the Arabic press of Egypt. M.
Goguyer's tirades showed bitter animus and an unscrupulous disregard of
truth, but their style was pungent and some of them were undeniably
witty ; they were chiefly directed against British policy as personified in
the British Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Masqat; but the Sultan of ; Oman also
came in for a share of ridicule and abase. Two British coal-prospecting
expeditions made from Sur in 1901 and a speech delivered by Lord Curzon
in Darbar at Sharjah in 1903 were savagely reviewed in French prints,
and an Arabic article on British policy in Central Arabia which appeared
in the " Ahram" of Cairo in September 19041 showed that M. Goguyer
had not neglected to acquire information during a then recent visit to
Kuwait; an earlier article in the same Egyptian newspaper in 1902 had
dwelt on the insolence of the English and " their slaves the Hindus" at
Masqat. The object of the writer was obviously to create strong feeling
in France and elsewhere, partly, it may be, as a means of forcing the hand
of the French Foreign Office. In the circumstances it was not wonderful
that in 1903, after M. Goguyer had been at work for three years, a report
that Britain was about to annex Masqat caused disquietude in France and
provoked an interpellation in the French Chamber.
The Sultan of 'Oman was not allowed to remain in ignorance of
M. Goguyer's attacks ; on the contrary he was regularly supplied with
translations or copies of the same by unknown correspondents in Europe,
In the beginning of 1901 the Sultan consulted the British representative
at Masqat as to the possibility of action being taken against M. Goguyer,
and the matter was referred to His Majesty's Government, who decided
to ascertain in the first instance whether M. Goguyer possessed any official
status at Masqat. The reply of the French Ambassador was somewhat
ambiguous, for he merely stated that M. Goguyer " was believed to be the
representative of a shipping agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. , and that there was no reason for
thinking that he had any official position, although he might have been
employed by the French Vice-Consulate as a clerk" In 1902 M. Laronce,
who in the previous year had succeeded M. Ottavi as French Vice-Consul
at Masqat,—an estimable gentleman but one who stood in awe of
M. Goguyer's scurrilous pen—was persuaded by the British Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency.
to ask his Government whether he might agree to M. Goguyer's deportation
from Masqat by the Sultan. The reply of the French Foreign Office was
unfavourable, but a warning to M. Goguyer that he should exercise mor
circumspection in his writings was authorised,, Soon after he had icpell

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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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