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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎659] (802/1782)

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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British easier by striking terror into the Qawasim. Pending a settle
ment the Government of Bombay maintained the systenij which had
already been for some time in force, of protecting trade by giving convoy
up and down the Gulf to trading vessels,—a duty in which they were
materially assisted by His Majesty's ships. Some of the East India
Company's vessels were placed for this purpose at the disposal of the
officers of the Royal Navy commanding in the Gulf, while others were
stationed off the Persian Coast to prevent piratical attacks upon that side.
In the following year, 1819, discussion of the measures to be taken
in the Gulf was resumed, and various schemes were proposed for ensuring
the maintenance of peace after the conclusion of the expedition. The
Government of Bombay, who did not regard the possible introduction of
the Egyptians into Gulf affairs with much satisfaction, inclined
apparently to a scheme under which the Saiyid of "Oman should be placed
in charge for the future of the Pirate Coast and Bahrain Islands, and
should in return authorise the formation of a British settlement upon the
island of Qishm, and even defray the cost of maintaining it. The
Government of Bombay considered that the Saiyid had a hereditary claim
to suzerainty over the Pirate Coast, and that the Shaikh of Bahrain had
forfeited all claim to consideration by harbouring and protecting pirates ,
and they understood that the Shah of Persia had expressed his readiness
to agree to the occupation of Bahrain by the Saiyid on conditiou of an
annual payment of 30,000 Tumans to himself out of a total estimated
revenue of 200,000 * Tumans; but they entertained some doubt of the
expediency of destroying the independence of the Shaikhs of Bahrain, and
they evidently anticipated serious opposition on the pait of the Persian
Government to the location of a British post on Qishm. The course
which was in the end adopted, after argument,t will appear from the
* The estimate must have been excessive for the Tuman was then
pound sterling, while the present revenue of Bahrain is only a ou , P
annum.
t An independent line was adopted by Mr. F. Warden, who had made a special
study of 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. subjects, who in his capacity of Chief Secietaiy ha no
consulted by the Governor of Bombay in regard to the expedition, and w o .
as a provincial member of the Bombay Board, delivered himself on th g -
1819 of a monumental minute on policy. Mr. Warden's main contention was that the
Wahbabis, not the Qawasim, were principally to blame for the piiacies com J
the latter; and he observed: "The result of my researches has established tb.s
" important fact, that piracy is not indigenous to the soil or the shore, o e
" Gulpb, but of recent growth ; on the contrary every tribe is rather dispose o e b
in commercial pursuits." He argued that the molestation of British vesse s was^ o

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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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