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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎469] (612/1782)

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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Ckaracter, administration and resources of Saiyid Sa'id.
Saiyid Sa'id was described, when in middle life, as tall, stout and of a Character,
distinguished presence, with a face and manner in which penetration and
benevolence were agreeably blended ; but he was prematurely aged, a
circumstance sufficiently accounted for by his manner of life, ihe history
of his reign bears witness to his self-reliance and tenacity, and in more
than one emergency he displayed high physical courage ; but intelligence
and tact were perhaps more salient traits of his character.
The government of Sa'id in time of peace was mild and equitable, and
trade flourished in a high degree. Foreign merchants were attracted in
large numbers to Masqat, of which the population increased very rapidly ;
but the commercial development of the Saiyid 's East African possessions
was even more remarkable. In 1884 his annual receipts from the
customs of Masqat were estimated at ^100,000 and those from the
customs of Zanzibar at §150,000, a year; the latter had risen in the
course of one or two years from a total of $40,000 only, and they
Continued to increase until the end of his reign. The public icvenues
were supplemented by the profits of private trade, in which Saiyid Sa^id
at one time had twenty ships employed.
His forces for war were chiefly naval, and he lavished money and Naty.
bestowed much personal attention on his fleet, sometimes even command
ing his flagship in person ; but the efficiency of his overgrown armaments
was not on a par with their imposing appearance. The largest vessel he
ever owned was the "Liverpool" line^of-battle ship, a two-decker of 74
guns, which he afterwards presented to the British sovereign ^ and m
1847 he possessed about fifteen vessels of war, of which one, the l< Sha
'Alam/ 1 carried 54 guns.
SAIYID THUWAINI-BIN-SA'ID.
1856-66.
Separation of Zanzibar from J OmaD, 1856-61.
Sa'id left at his death a large number of sons, none of whom Division of
however, were lawful children by his wives. It had been Ins mtentmn
that his eldest surviving son Thuwaini, whose mother was a Georg f ^ de ' th -
eonenbine and to whom after 1833 Sa'.d had iavanably -tmsted ^
affairs of 'Oman in his own absence, should succeed im a 1 •

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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:

Extent and format
2 volumes (1624 pages)
Arrangement

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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