'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915'  (494/1782)
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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t ranee to refer the question of the Franch flag in ^Oman to the arbitration
of the Hague Tribunal ; and that Court at length, in 1905, arrived at a
finding by which such restrictions were imposed on the grant and continued
use of French flags as robbed the tricolor of its value as an instrument of
French political aggression in 'Oman.
After the rupture of 1899 the relations of the Sultan with the British Improved
Government became satisfactory, and the smoothness of their course was
not again disturbed. In 1902, the Sultan gave an undertaking that he with Britain,
would not permit certain coal fields in the hinterland of Sur to be worked by
any foreign Government or company until the British Government had
been allowed an option of working them in conjunction with himself. In
1905, after two years' consideration, it was decided that negotiations
should be undertaken for the conclusion of a new British Commercial
Treaty with the Masqat Government to take the place of that of 1891.
In 1904, in the course of a general adjustment of political differences
which took place between Britain and France, the question of a British
protectorate over the Sultanate of 'Oman was again considered ; but France
was unwilling to relinquish any of her rights under the Declaration
Russia seems to have recognised that she did not possess any vital in- Eussian
terests in the Sultanate of 'Oman, and consequently to have left the further- a ^ en ^ s ' etC •
ance of any policy there in which she may have been a partner entirely to
her French ally. In 1901, however, two Russians arrived at Masqat on
the 9th March and remained a week ; one of them was a brother of Count
Leontieft' of Abyssinian fame and had made the voyage from Marseilles to
Aden with his better known relation ; his companion at Masqat was a
M. Ermtere. The pair paid several visits to the French Vice-Consulate and
had more than one interview with the Sultan, but their conversation was
so mysterious that the Sultan, an intelligent man, was unable to understand
the drift of it. Eventually, the day before their departure, they petitioned
His Highness for written permission to deal in arms at Masqat, and were
informed in reply that the trade was free to all, and that no written permis
sion to engage in it was required.
A few months later a rumour, current once before in 1899, became
rife, that the Russian Government intended to establish a consulate
at Masqat, and the Government of India recommended that definite instruc
tions should be given to 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 as to his
attitude in regard to this question. His Majesty's Government accordingly
directed that the Sultan, in case of his applying for advice, should be coun
selled to discourage the project upon commercial grounds.
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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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- 2 volumes (1624 pages)
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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