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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎560] (703/1782)

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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Pablic
annoupce-
ment by the
Sultan of
cancellntion
of his grant
to the
French.
Continued
French intri
gues in
'Oman.
560
sent to M. Ottavi in which the Sultan justified cancellation on the
ground of the Agreement of 1891 with Britain, also a copy of the
original grant to the French. It was not, however, entirely satisfactory,
and a personal interview was still insisted on. The grant to the
French, now seen for the first time, conferred on them a coaling-place,
but left the exact site undetermined ; it had been granted on the 7th of
March 1898, during the visit of the " Gabes " to Masqat. At length,
after various delays, the Sultan came off to the Admirals flagship and,
after a long discussion, submitted unconditionally to all the British
demands; when he returned on shore it was under his ordinary salute
of 21 guns. M. Ottavi immediately protested in writing against the
cancellation of the French grant, but without effect.
On the 17th of February the Admiral paid a visit to the Sultan;
and in the afternoon of the same day, at a general Darbar attended by
all the leading men of Masqat, the Sultan announced the renewal of
amicable relations between himself and the British Government and the
cancellation of his agreement for a coaling-place with the French, which,
he said, had been entered into in forgetfulness of the rights of Britain.
French policy in 'Oman after 1899,
The result of these proceedings was to deprive the French of the hope
of obtaining a naval base in 'Oman under their own control; but they did
not as yet despair of the success of their other designs, and for the next
three years French intrigues continued to be rife in 'Oman, The Wazir of
the Sultan was still Muhammad-bin-'Azzan, who owed his appointment
to French influence; 'Abdul 'Aziz, the dragoman of the French Consulate,
though ostensibly dismissed from His Highness's employment, for a time
continued to have free access to his presence; and in May 1901 Hilal-
bin- Amr from Zanzibar suddenly arrived at Sur and commenced an anti-
British propaganda among the tribesmen of the Sharqiyah district. This
Hilal was a brother of Muhsin-bin-'Amr, the rebel of 1895, and a son-
in-law of the notorious Shaikh Salih-bin-'Ali; as chief adviser of Hamad-
bin-Thuwaini of Zanzibar he had encouraged that prince to take a
mischievous interest in the affairs of 'Oman; and in June 1896 he had
been deported from Zanzibar to Aden, but he had subsequently been allowed
to return to East Africa. The number of French agents in 'Oman was
increased by the arrival at Masqat in 1899 of a Frenchman, M. Goguyer,
who settled theie as a dealer in arms and ammunition, became in 190].

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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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