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'Biographical Notes' [‎225v] (456/611)

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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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In the year 1545, Shah Tahmasp sent Muhammad Eeza Khan
Mazanderani, in command of some Persian troops, to India, to help
Humayun Shah. Muhammad Eeza Khan, having been well
received by Humayun Shah, elected to remain in India and
received Machuli Bendar (Mazulipatam) in fief; and his
descendants held that district until it was taken by the East
India Company. The chief of the family then was Jafar feii/W'
Khan, who held an appointment in the East India Company's
army; he received a pension of 1440 rupees from the Company,
resigned his appointment and went to Kerbela, where he met
Mirza Hassan Ali, the son of Hajji Aghassi Beg Shirazi, whose
sister he married. He then went to Shiraz, settled there in the
Mahallah Maidan i Shah, and died in 1819. His eldest son,
Muhammad Ali Khan (b. 1809, d. 1859), who received half his
father's pension, had frv-e gone-:—SiTH ?,
Muhammad Hassan Khan (b. 1825, d. 1888); was for a
long time first Munshi A secretary or political assistant working in the British administration in the Gulf, often also providing linguistic interpretation. of the English Legation in
Teheran. His son Gholam Ali iTAtm. who was educated
in England, now resides in Shiraz.
Jafar Knli Khp 1828, d. 1869); was some time British
Agent at Shiraz (till 1869). He had two sons; Husain
Kuli Khan, now Secretary to the Persian Legation in
London, after being some time clerk in the New Oriental
Bank (until 1890), and interpreter in the tobacco Corpora
tion until 1892. His other son, Alias Kuli Khan, fs now
employed in the English Legation in Teheran. They
were both educated in England.
.Mirza Hassan A [ li K^han. Was educated in a Bombay
school from 1857 to 1860. Was British Agent in Shiraz,
and interpreter to the English Government Telegraph
Department in Persia from 1869 to 1879. He them
accompanied Sir Oliver Beauchamp St. John, E.E.,
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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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English and Persian in Latin and Arabic script
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