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File 469/1917 Pt 1 'Persia: Bakhtiari affairs' [‎52r] (113/535)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (260 folios). It was created in 10 May 1915-9 Jul 1920. 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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From Political, Basra, 13th December 1910.
(Addressed to Foreign, repeated to Secretary of State for India.)
(U.) 6823. Summary of information. Bakhtiari. Minister telegraphs
4th December :—“ Noel, who has since left Tehran, has induced Khans to
accept Amir Jang as lllbegi.”
Kennion telegraphs to Tehran, 5th December : —
Since the blow struck by Russians on 27th November, rebel force
scattered. Many Burs and gendarmes deserted altogether. A few Bakhtiari
also left, some of whom passing through CHarlang limits were deprived of
their arms.
Rebels, including Bakhtiari, have now again collected about Kazaz
^ ostensibly awaiting) Turkish reinforcements, and in the meantime
plundering the country. .
Hojabi)|s Sultaneh has succeeded in bringing the Mo^ioi section to
his side and his attitude generally has been of value in preventing the
spread of rebel movement. Amir Mofakham in retaliation seized Hojabr^’s
brother, who was on the way to Tehran for medical treatment, and holds
him prisoner at Areh. Ilojabr^ asked for squadron of Cossacks and one gun
to help him in attack on Areh, but the request has been refused.
“ As Hojabr^ is also threatened by Mazha^id Dowleh from Silakhor/
it will be difficult for him to send a contingent at present to join Russian
“ Russians are sending troops shortly to clear Araq when I expect
situation will improve.
“ Enemy force at Douletabad reported under 100 Turks and some
Kermanshah gendarmes.
“ At Di|abad, about 150 with a gun.
“ Reported from Kermanshah that hundreds of sick are being transported
there from Hamadan. Disease appears to be dysentery.”
Kennion further telegraphed to Tehran on 7th :—“It is reported that much
barley and wheat is being sent to Khanikin frcm Hamadan, and on 9th
reports that 13 men had been accused of conspiracy to murder Nizam, and
some have been arrested.”

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The file contains papers, mainly correspondence and 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. minute papers, mostly relating to the situation in the Bakhtiari [Baḵtīārī] territory in Persia [Iran], during the First World War. It includes papers concerning British negotiations with the Bakhtiari khans, and the agreement of February 1917 signed by Charles Murray Marling, HM Minister to Iran, and the principal Bakhtiari khans.

The file also includes papers which relate to relations between the Bakhtiaris and the Russians in Persia, and the payment of £2,500 made to the Bakhtiari khans in December 1915 by Dr Young of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, in connection with the agreement concluded by Young with the Bakhtiari Sardars.

The main correspondents include: the 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. ; the Foreign Office; the Chief Political Officer, Basra (Sir Percy Zachariah Cox); the Government of India Foreign and Political Department; HM Minister, Tehran; HM Consul, Kerman; HM Consul, Sistan and Kain; and the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. 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 file includes a divider which gives the subject number, the year the subject file was opened, the subject heading, and a list of correspondence references by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 volume (260 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

The subject 469 (Persia: Bakhtiari affairs) consists of two volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/652-653. The volumes are divided into two parts, with each part comprising one volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 260; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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