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'Biographical Notes' [‎80v] (166/611)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (302 folios). It was created in c 1904. It was written in English and Persian. 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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4 Sons of the late Ilkhani, Husain Kuli Khan ;—■
These men are now on good terms and work well with the
sons of the present Ilkhani. They are now all, one with the
other, responsible for the good conduct of the tribes.
I. Sardar i Asad, Isfendiar Khan —Is practically the head,
d generally acknowledged so by his brothers and his
hs, the sons of the present Ilkhani, Hajji Imam
Khan. He is supposed to know how to deal with
government in Teheran, and such local governors
may come across. Is a quiet, self-contained man,
and, having been a prisoner in Teheran and Ispahan
for many years, somewhat morose.
II. Samsdm es Saltaneh, Najaf Kuli Khan —Is very like his
father in appearance, and is the darling of the Bakh-
tiaris. He is said to be very brave and a fine leader of
a foray. ^
zAmir Kuli Khan —A man of no note, being distrusted
by his brothers for his crooked ways.
IV. Hajji AH Kuli Khan —Has the reputation of being the
learned man of the family. Knows a little French,
and has given some attention to the antiquities of his
country. The affairs of his family are transacted
through him. C l c
He has been some years in Teheran, and is a man
of considerable capacity, aad—haa very ploaoont ■ man-
Suffered with his brother—Isfendiar Khan—
^vith whom he spent some years in prison.
Y. BaimduPi Doivleh, Hajji Khosro Khan —Is not of much
account. Is at pre^ont governor of Behbahan con
jointly with his^usin, Lutf Ali Khan.
lSiS / £jS' a71 —^ P^ e 5^' nt young man, who showed
c3nsmerame force^oi character when left to govern
Chahar MahaHa^t year.
Eeza Kuli Khan—
Another brother of the late Ilkhani, wh^b'ecame Ilbeggi on the
latter's death, of which he is saidhave been one of the
main instigators. Was Ilkhani^arftwo years and governor of
Chahar Mahal for a short tiijxl Has been neglected for tbe
last three years, and spefit most* of the time in Teheran.
Shortly after N assireu Din Shah's death, he was allowed
to return to his pl^e^f Paradumbeh, and he signalised this by
looting all wayfarers he came across.
Zergham es Saltaneh, Hajji Ibr^im Khan —Son of the
above Eeza Kuli Khan. Is very similar to his father
in character, both having the reputation of being
bloodthirsty, rapacious 'men, but are both of consider
able political ability.
They have but a small following now.

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The volume contains manuscript draft biographical notes on Persian statesmen and notables compiled by George Percy Churchill.

Many of the notes are accompanied by imprints of the subject's seal and signature (in Persian); some by typescript pages, extracts from published works and newspaper cuttings; and a few (folio 114v, folio 163v) by portrait photographs. The notes give the subject's name as heading, and various information including dates of birth and death, office and career history, family details (including members of the Shah's family), pay and financial details, interests, linguistic abilities, and some personal comments.

The introductory page (folio 4v), which is signed by Churchill and dated 1904, is inscribed 'Strictly Confidential and for the Use of His Majesty's Government Officials Only'. A manuscript note states that the volume had been compiled from a variety of sources, and embodied the bulk of Colonel H Picot's biographical note of 1897, which Churchill had endeavoured 'to bring up to date and amplify'. The volume also contains a printed extract containing a list of words used in the composition of Persian titles, with a glossary of their meaning, including both the Persian forms and English transliterations; a manuscript genealogical tree of the Royal Kajar House; a manuscript list entitled 'Principal Persian Diplomatic and Consular Representation'; a manuscript list of Persian cabinet minsters and other politicians, dated 1901; list of ministers, provincial governors, etc in Persia dated 1904; and grouped cuttings of printed seals and coloured impressions of crests (folios 2v, 3r, 29v).

Extent and format
1 volume (302 folios)

The volume contains an alphabetical index of names between ff. 5-28. These refer to the main body of entries by means of pagination numbers.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at 2 on the first folio after the front cover and terminates at 303, on the inside back cover. These numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and appear in the top right hand corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. page of each folio. Foliation anomaly: ff. 4, 4A. The following folios need to be folded out to be read: f. 31, ff. 34-35.

Pagination: there is an incomplete printed pagination sequence, running from 1-489 (ff. 36v-299v) which appears in the top right hand corner of each recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. page, and the top left hand corner of each verso The back of a paper sheet or leaf. page of the main (ruled) portion of the volume. Some of the preceding pages in the volume have been numbered in pencil, but these numbers do not appear to be part of any discernible sequence.

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