Iran was previously known as Persia. This page also includes the Persian Gulf and surrounding areas.
- Persian War 1856-57
- South Persia Rifles
- Post and Telegraphs Department for information about the Indo-European Telegraph
- FIBIS database: Percy-Smith/Bullock papers Graves and Monuments contains some entries from the Bushire Armenian Church , the source given as "Handwritten C H A Bagshawe Bushire Sept 1926". In particular entries appear in Inscriptions Volume 2 but it is not known if there are additional entries in other volumes.
- See FIBIS resources above
- See General Register Office for births, marriages and deaths.
- Society of Genealogists, London.
- The Society of Genealogists’ now archived page Geographical Resources Overseas: Iran states that it has records for Iran: Teheran: Akbarabad Prot Cemetery, British B 1811-1969
- A search for Iran in the Society of Genealogists' Catalogue includes the following entry: Persian Gulf (& surrounds) : MIs: An Indian miscellany, consisting of genealogical & biographical notes & lists of monumental inscriptions by H Bullock and H K Percy-Smith 1941-44
- “Burials and Memorials of the British in Persia” by Denis Wright from the journal Iran published by the British Institute of Persian Studies Vol. 36, (1998) pp. 165-173, Vol. 37, (1999), pp. 173-174, Vol. 39, (2001), pp. 293-298
- The journal Iran is available at the British Library. These articles may also be read in full through the website JSTOR, including through the free access provisions, see Miscellaneous tips-Access some articles in the JSTOR subscription website for free
- The LDS Library catalogue has the following entry: Church of England in Iran. Anglican Chaplaincy (Julfa) Baptisms, 1875-1879 Marriages, 1877 Film 574493 Item 2. The original records are now in the London Metropolitan Archives DL/E/E/056/MS11215A (previously in the Guildhall) and are records from the Mission Chapel, Julfa. The chapel appears to have been attached to the Church Missionary Society.
- There are also some records for Iran in the "World Miscellaneous" records on FamilySearch
- India Office Records at the British Library. Also refer Qatar Digital Library, below.
- Iran: Sources in the India Office Records
- Factory Records: Persia and the Persian Gulf IOR/G/29 1620-1822
- Records of the British Residency and Agencies in the Persian Gulf IOR/R/15 1763-1951.
- Indo-European Telegraph Department IOR/L/PWD/7 1865-1931
- Finding Aid:British Colonial Policy and Intelligence Files on Asia and the Middle East, c. 1880-1950 IDC Publishers. Original records held in the India Office Records. Includes a section on Iran.
- "John Isaacson of Exning, Persia and India" by Tony Fuller and Jenny Law FIBIS Journal Number 3 (Spring 2000). FIBIS members may read this article online.
- John Isaacson, who at the time was described as a "Sergeant, RE", arrived in Persia on 11 November 1863 and was posted to the Persian section of the IETD. He died in Bushire in 1892.
- Qatar Digital Library has content from the India Office Records at the British Library
- Bushehr (Bushire) Wikipedia
- Indo-European Telegraph Department in Iran Encyclopaedia Iranica. While the IETD was an autonomous department for much of its existence, between February 1888 and April 1893, it was under direct auspices of the Director General of Indian Telegraphs. The IETD was dissolved in March 1931. There was significant intermarriage with Iranian Armenians.
- "The Raj Reconsidered: British India’s Informal Empire and Spheres of Influence in Asia and Africa" by James Onley Asian Affairs Volume XL, no. I, March 2009 original pdf
- Britain and the Gulf Shaikhdoms, 1820 - 1971: The Politics of Protection by James Onley 2009 Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS), Qatar. socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk
- Armenian Graves in Bushire Chater Genealogy
- "Former British Ambassador to Oman discusses Oman during World War One" 24th January 2016 Oman GBnews. In 1913 a detachment of British Indian troops was for the first time deployed to Muscat. The 1920s were to be a decade in which British India became progressively more directly involved in Omani affairs.
- 1928 Map of Persia and Afghanistan Qatar Digital Library
- Also see below Gazetteer by Lorimer
Historical books online
- A new account of East-India and Persia : : in eight letters being nine years travels, begun 1672 and finished 1681 by John Fryer 1698 London. Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek.
- Travels from India to England, comprehending a visit to the Burman Empire and a journey through Persia, Asia Minor, European Turkey etc in the year 1825-26 by James Edward Alexander, Lieut, late HM’s 13th Light Dragoons. 1827 Google Books
- With an Appendix "Summary of the causes and events of the existing War between Russia and Persia 1826-27" , page 269
- Travels into Bokhara; being the account of a journey from India to Cabool, Tartary, and Persia; also, Narrative of a voyage on the Indus, from the sea to Lahore, with presents from the king of Great Britain; performed under the orders of the supreme government of India, in the years 1831, 1832, and 1833 by Lieutenant Alexander Burnes 1834 Volume I, Volume II, Volume III Archive.org
- Journey to the North of India: Overland from England, Through Russia, Persia, and Affghaunistan by Lieut. Arthur Conolly 1834. 2nd edition revised 1838 Volume I 1834, Volume II 1834; Volume I, 1838, Volume II 1838 Google Books
- "Notes on Central Asia" page 267 The Bengal and Agra Annual Guide and Gazetteer for 1842 Volume II Google Books
- Selections from the Records of the Bombay Government. Google Books
- No XXIV New Series: Historical And Other Information, Connected With The Province Of Oman, Muskat, Bahrein, And Other Places In The Persian Gulf. Etc. Includes Measures Adopted By The British Government For The Suppression Of The Slave Trade In The Persian Gulf 1856
- No XLIX New Series: A History: Arabia Felix Or Yemen, From The Commencement Of The Christian Era To The Present Time; Including An Account Of The British Settlement Of Aden 1859
- From Bombay to Bushire, and Bussora; including an Account of the Present State of Persia and Notes on the Persian War by William Ashton Shepherd 1857 Google Books
- Central Asia Part IV: A contribution towards the better knowledge of the topography, ethnology, resources, & history of Persia complied (for political and military reference) by C.M. MacGregor. 1871 Hathi Trust Digital Library. Central Asia Part Iv Pdf download, Digital Library of India.
- Routes in Persia Compiled in the Intelligence Branch of the Quarter Master General’s Department in India 1887 Archive.org
- "Telegraph Routes in Persia", page 707
- Parliamentary Papers
- [Foreign Office:] Correspondence relating to Persia and Affghanistan 1839 (524 pages) Contents Google Books
- Correspondence relating to Persia: Presented to both Houses of Parliament 1841 Google Books
- Correspondence respecting relations with Persia. Presented to both Houses of Parliament 1857 1857 Archive.org
- Further correspondence respecting the affairs of Persia. Presented to both Houses of Parliament April 1914 1914 Archive.org
- Personal narrative of military travel and adventure in Turkey and Persia by Robert Macdonald, ex-Sergeant Rifle Brigade, 1859 Google Books. He was appointed in 1836 to go to Persia, (one of a group of nine) and arrived back in England in February 1839.
- A Memoir of Major-General Sir Henry Creswicke Rawlinson by George Rawlinson 1898 Archive.org. Born 1810, he joined the Bombay Army in 1827. In 1833 he was sent to Persia (page 36), the start of a long association with this country. He was recalled to India in 1839 and in 1840 was appointed Political Agent in Western Afghanistan and was involved in the 1st Afghan War until the end of 1842. In October 1843 he was appointed “British Political Agent in Turkish Arabia” 1844-1849 and 1851-1855. He resumed an interest in Cuneiform Studies. (Also see Scholars or antiquarians)
- "Notes on a March from Zohab… in the year 1836" by Major Rawlinson of the Bombay Army serving in Persia. Page 26 The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society: Volume 9 1839 Google Books
- "Notes on a Journey from Tabriz, through Persian Kurdistan, to the Ruins of Takhti-Soleïman, and from Thence by Zenjan and Ṭarom, to Gílan, in October and November, 1838" and "With a Memoir on the Site of the Atropatenian Ecbatana" both by H C Rawlinson, Bombay Army, Major serving in Persia. Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London, Volume 10 1840 Archive.org
- Discussion on "Notes on the Direct Overland Telegraph to India" by Major-Gen Sir H C Rawlinson page 219 Proceedings of the Royal Geographic Society Volume V Session 1860-61 (this file also contains Volume VI) Google Books
- "On Trade Routes between Turkestan and India" Report of a paper by Major General Sir H C Rawlinson. Page 10, Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society of London, Volume 13 1868-1869
- England and Russia in the East; a series of papers on the political and geographical condition of Central Asia by Major-General Sir Henry Rawlinson. Reprints of articles originally written 1849-1868 1st edition 1875, 2nd edition 1875 Archive.org
- Journal of a Diplomate's Three Years Residence in Persia by Edward B. Eastwick , Late HM’s Chargé d’Affaires at the Court of Tehran 1864 Google Books Volume I, Volume II The author was appointed to Persia in 1860
- Through Persia in disguise, with reminiscences of the Indian Mutiny by Colonel Charles E. Stewart, edited from his diaries by Basil Stewart. 1911 Archive.org
- The India connection in 1866 page 85
- Eastern Persia: An Account of the Persian Boundary Commission 1870-71-72. Volume I. The Geography with Narratives by Majors St John, Lovett and Euan Smith 1876 Archive.org
- Volume II. Zoology and Geology by W T Blanford. 1876 Archive.org
- Narrative of a journey through the province of Khorassan and on the N.W. Frontier of Afghanistan in 1875, by Colonel C.M. MacGregor. 1879. Volume I Hathi Trust Digital Library Pdf download Digital Library of India; Volume II Hathi Trust Digital Library, Pdf download Digital Library of India
- A ride to India across Persia and Baluchistan by Harry de Windt 1891 Archive.org
- A Year Amongst the Persians: impressions as to the life, character, and thought of the people of Persia, received during twelve month's residence in that country in the years 1887-8, by Edward Granville Browne 1893 Archive.org
- "The Telegraph Department in Persia" by CE Biddulph page 99 and "The Telegraph Department in Persia, an Explanation" by General A Houtum-Schindler page 321 The Asiatic Quarterly Review New Series Volume 3 January-April 1892 Archive.org
- Ten thousand miles in Persia or, Eight years in Iran by Major Percy Molesworth Sykes, HM Consul, Kerman and Persian Baluchistan 1902 Archive.org
- A History of Persia by Lieut-Col P M Sykes 1915 Archive.org Volume I, Volume II
- Persia by Brigadier General Sir Percy Sykes 1922 Archive.org including
- "Persia and the Great War" page 154
- The Persian problem: an examination of the rival positions of Russia and Great Britain in Persia with some account of the Persian Gulf and the Bagdad railway by H J Whigham 1903 Archive.org
- Railways in Western Asia by Lieutenant-Colonel H Picot Indian Army (Retired). Published by the Central Asian Society, London 1904 Archive.org.
- Gazetteer Of The Persian Gulf, Oman And Central Arabia by J G Lorimer, published 1908 to 1915. Volume I, Historical consists of Part I being the 'Arabian' portion of the History and Part II being the 'Persian' section of the History. Both Parts of Volume I, Historical, have the same extensive index, covering all Parts.
- Four out of six volumes of a reprint edition are available to read online at Hathi Trust Digital Library. The volumes are Volume I: Historical: Part I (in two parts) and Volume II: Geographical and Statistical (in two parts)
- The Qatar Digital Library contains copies of the original editions held at the British Library. Note: these webpages may be very slow to load at times
- Volume I: Historical: Part I IOR/L/PS/20/C91/1. The 'Arabian' portion of the History
- Volume I: Historical: Part II IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2. The 'Persian' section of the History
- Volume I: Historical: Part III Geneaological Tables and a Map IOR/L/PS/20/C91/3
- Volume II: Geographical and Statistical IOR/L/PS/20/C91/4. Includes alphabetical entries for tribes, towns and regions, from ‘Abdalilah to Zubārah. It also contains fifty-six reproductions of photographs taken by British colonial officers and others.
- 1905-1908 Map of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia compiled in the Foreign Office, Simla, by Lieut. F.F. Hunder IOR/L/PS/20/C91/6
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- Three volumes of the Gazetteer Of The Persian Gulf, Oman And Central Arabia by J G Lorimer, Indian Civil Service, are available to read online on the Digital Library of India website, being Parts I and II of Volume 1, Historical, published 1915 and the Geographical section of Volume II, Geographical and Statistical Gazetteer, published 1908.
- Part I Contents computer pages 12-137. Text commences cp 138. Part II Contents computer pages 10-133. Text commences cp 134. Appendix "Published books and articles" cp 1210. Volume II Geographical and Statistical Gazetteer. There is no Index. Introduction pages i-iii are missing. The text is cp 8-2047
- Volume I, Part III of a reprint edition is available on the National Library of Australia Digital Collections-Maps Catalogue entry. It contains two maps (including the map of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia) and genealogical trees.
- British Library Untold lives blog ‘Persian Gulf tragedy’ – the death of John Gordon Lorimer 08 February 2014 (retrieved 18 June 2014)
- Persia and the Persian Question (2 Volumes) by George Nathaniel Curzon (Lord Curzon) 1892 is available to read online on the Digital Library of India website.
- Article "Indo British Trade with Persia" by Naoroz M Parveez pages 12-29 Imperial and asiatic quarterly review, and oriental and colonial record 1907 Third Series Volume 23 is available to read online on the Digital Library of India website. The article is computer pages 19-36. There is a discussion of the paper from page 106, computer page 113.
- The Frontiers Of Baluchistan by G P Tate 1909. Pdf download, Digital Library of India. Full title The Frontiers of Baluchistan : Travels on the Borders of Persia and Afghanistan. [Seistan (Sistan) Arbitration Mission, 1903-1905]
- The Indian Borderland, 1880-1900 by Colonel Sir T Hungerford Holdich 1901 edition, Second and cheaper edition 1909 Archive.org. Contains chapters on the Persian Gulf and the Perso-Baluch Boundary
- The Gates of India, being an Historical Narrative by Colonel Sir Thomas Holdich 1910
- Political Frontiers and Boundary Making by Col. Sir Thomas H Holdich 1916
- "Between the Tigris and the Indus" by Colonel Sir Thomas H Holdich The Geographical Review Volume IV September 1, 1917 Archive.org
- By Mountain, Lake and Plain : being a Sketch of Sport in Eastern Persia by Major R L Kennion 1911. Archive.org. In 1907 the author was appointed Consul for the Districts of Seistan and Kain in Iran. He had previously served in Kashmir, Gilgit and Leh, with the Indian Foreign and Political Department.
- The British Academy transliteration of Arabic and Persian. Report of the Committee appointed to draw up a practical scheme for the transliteration into English of words and names belonging to the languages of the Nearer East 1917 Archive.org