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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎547] (690/1782)

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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Sultanate of 'Oman had recently been altered under the advice of the
Government of India; and the complaint, though it betrayed ignorance
of the facts, was a symptom of renewed political interest in 'Oman, on the
part of the French, after an interval of more than SO years.
The new policy of the Republic in the Gulf was at length made clear by
a budget debate which took place in the French Chamber of Deputies at
the beginning of 1893. On M. Deloncle, a Deputy of the Colonial party,
proposing a supplementary credit of 7,000 francs for the establishment of a
Vice -Consulate at Masqat, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, M. Develle,
gave a promise that the post should be created; and, in doing so, he took
no step to disavow the main arguments advanced by M. Deloncle,
namelv, that it was to the interest of France to support Russian policy in
the Gulf, and that facilities ought to be provided for the registration of
native shipping under the French flag.
Further indications of Franco -Russian interest in J Oman were
not long wanting. A plan of the harbour at Sur,' published
by the French Government in 1901, shows that their attention
had been directed to that place at some earlier date; and in 1 93
M. Chapui, a somewhat disreputable French subject who had attiacted
notice by his proceedings on the coast of Trucial Oman two yeais
previously, arrived at Stir in a steamer flying the French flag, and trie ,
but without success, to obtain a site for a coal shed there. In e P em ^
1893 the Russian volunteer cruiser " Nijni Novgorod " called at asqa ,
where some of the officers bad a private interview with the Sultan; and
about this time rumours of Russian intrigue and of the presence o a
Russian secret agent at Masqat became current, not only on tho spot,
hut also at Zanzibar.
At length on the 8tb of November 1894, M. Ottavi, the long-
expected Vice-Consul for France, arrived at Masqat and ente ^ 0 "
his duties. His activity ran principally in two channe s .
voured to subvert the influence of the British representative with the
Sultan and his entourage; and at the same time, y encouiaging
navigators to use the French flag without their sovereign s consent and ev^
in defiance of his orders, be laboured to create a French interest mdepen
dent of the Sultan's good graces. The general lesu s^ o '
policy with the Sultan were apparent chiefly in ticgi ""''"" .j jn
of slyiiFaisal to British influence, a fact of which ^
be found in a later paragraph on British relations. e
the visit of the " Troude " to Masqat in 1895, a tew ^ ^
assist the Suten in dealing with thejnsu^ndment^
• S« Eriti.h Admiralty Chart No. 2369-106, ia which the plan fig""' » s
Debate in
the French
Chamber,
1893.
Other indi-
cations of
French and
Russian
interest.
Appointment
of a French
Vice-Consul
at Masqat,
1894,

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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)
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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