'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915'  (511/1782)
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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assembling at Tehran of the Russian survey mission which in 1900 overran
the whole of Southern Persia, headed by an official who in the Russia"
press was described as " Director of Persian Railways." In carrying out
the instructions of Her Majesty's Government the British representative at
Tehran forwarded to the Persian Minister for Foreign A ffairs a copy of the
autograph letter of the late Nasir-ud-Dm Shah to which his reminder
referred; a translation of that document will be found elsewhere in this
Gazetteer. The authenticity of the promise was readily admitted by both
the Sadr-i -A 'zam and the Persian Minister for Foreign Affairs. It was
not possible, in consequence of the weak health at the time of the reigning
Shah, that the British representative at Tehran should bring the question
personally to His Persian Majesty's notice ; but various steps were taken to
ensure that he should be made aware of the existence of the document, and
they were such that in the end no doubt remained that Muzaffar-ud-Din
Shah had both seen it and admitted its binding force. The Russian
Minister at Tehran also, in conversation with the British Charge d'Affaires,
stated that he was aware of the Shah's promise regarding railways in the
south. If the Russians were at that time inclined to attempt a practical
encroachment on the railway rights of Great Britain in Southern Persia,
the production of Nasir-ud-Din's written promise and its recognition by
his son and successor may have operated as a deterrent, and may have
been the cause of their ultimately taking no action.
The second British diplomatic measure related to the control of the
customs of Southern Persia, upon which there was a danger that Russia
might establish some lien. Discussion of the subject began in 1899 on the
basis of a pledge given by Persia to Britain in 1897 that the Southern
Customs would never be placed under foreign supervision or control. It
was prolonged until 1904 when the Persian Government with apparent
reluctance at length.admitted that in pledging part of their customs
revenue as security for Russian loans in 1900 and 1902 they had not
consciously contravened the guarantee of 1897 in any particular, The
British Government in taking note of this admission, which they did not
regard as satisfactory, officially informed the Shah's Ministers that the
assurance of 1897 must still be considered as valid, and that in the event
of any attempt on the part of Persia to ignore the rights of Britain
thereunder, the necessary steps would be taken by the British Government
to ensure that they were respected. The firm attitude which the British
Government maintained throughout the long controversy on this question
had undoubtedly a salutary ^ect; and it is not impossible that, if that
attitude had been less inflexible, some alienation of the Southern Customs
including those of ine Gulf, might actually have occurred in favour of
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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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