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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1640] (157/1262)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (1165 pages). It was created in 1915. It was written in English and Arabic. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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Subsequent negotiations and unsuccessful blockade, 1766-69.
Despatch of The seriousness o£ the situation resulting from the defeat of the allies
ments by the ^7 Ka^ab was clearly realised by the Government of Bombay From c. 1668-1858, the East India Company’s administration in the city of Bombay [Mumbai] and western India. From 1858-1947, a subdivision of the British Raj. It was responsible for British relations with the Gulf and Red Sea regions. , who
(tf OV Bo "T 1 * reso ^ ve( ^ on learning- of the defeat,, " to take the most speedy and efliec-
January ' "tual measures for retrieving our credit and bringing matters to such
3 767. « ail ig Sue ^ a g admit of our force being returned to the Presidency The name given to each of the three divisions of the territory of the East India Company, and later the British Raj, on the Indian subcontinent. ,
" the long detention of which in the Gulph is of the utmost detriment
"to our Hon'ble Masters^ interest here ; and attended with many incon-
" veniences to their affairs/'' They accordingly despatched to Basrah,, in
or about January 1767^ the " Solebay, " the " Defiance/^ the bomb-ketch
" Salamander/'' the snow "Eagle," and a chartered merchant ship
carrying provisions ; in these sailed military reinforcements to the extent
of one complete company of European infantry, two officers and 80 men
of the artillery, and 7 5 sepoys Term used in English to refer to an Indian infantryman. Carries some derogatory connotations as sometimes used as a means of othering and emphasising race, colour, origins, or rank. .
failure of the Presidency The name given to each of the three divisions of the territory of the East India Company, and later the British Raj, on the Indian subcontinent. were, however, opposed to the continuance of the war
British to by the British without efficient local allies; and the instructions which
obtam satis- , 1; ^ . . . . , .
faction for ^ he y g ave resulted, in conjunction with an embassy soon after sent by
rage^ 1767- Karim ^an to Basrah and Baghdad, in the settlement of the Ka'ab case
68. being transferred to Shiraz, as is fully related in the history of the Persian
Coast. The negotiations at the Persian capital, which were entrusted
to Mr. Skipp, lasted from April to September 1767. They^ended in an
agreement by the Vakil Elected representative or attorney, acting in legal matters such as contracting marriage, inheritance, or business; a high-ranking legal official; could also refer to a custodian or administrator. to pay five lakhs One lakh is equal to one hundred thousand rupees of rupees Indian silver coin also widely used in the Persian Gulf. to the East India
Company, but [only on condition of their lending him effectual aid
against the pirate Mir Mahanna of Kharag, as compensation for the
damage done by the Ka'ab and the costs of the expedition; but, in
consequence of the failure of the British attack on Kharag in May
1768 and the ill-judged recall of Mr. Skipp from a second mission
to Shiraz in the following September, for which the Agent at
Basrah (Mr. Moore) was responsible, the understanding apparently
lapsed. In the end no satisfaction at all was obtained, from any
quarter, for the outrages which had been committed by the Ka'ab upon
British shipping.
Naval block- Notwithstanding the political negotiations described in the last
ade oi the i i i i 11 i i
Ka'ab, 1766- paragraph, the naval blockade of the Ka'ab waterways, established at the
beginning of the war, appears to have been steadily maintained for about
two years. In October 1767, when the ill-fated "Defiance" and other
vessels were sent on an expedition against Hormuz, the grab Shallow vessel with a projecting bow. " Bombay,"
a schooner and a Gallivat were apparently retained in the Shatt-al-'Arab

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This volume is Volume I, Part II (Historical) of the Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , ’Omān and Central Arabia (Government of India: 1915), compiled by John Gordon Lorimer and completed for press by Captain L Birdwood.

Part II contains an 'Introduction' (pages i-iii) written by Birdwood in Simla, dated 10 October 1914, 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Tables' (pags v-viii), and 'Detailed Table of Contents' (ix-cxxx). These are also found in Volume I, Part IA of the Gazetteer (IOR/L/PS/20/C91/1).

Part II consists of three chapters:

  • 'Chapter X. History of ’Arabistān' (pages 1625-1775);
  • 'Chapter XI. History of the Persian Coast and Islands' (pages 1776-2149);
  • 'Chapter XII. History of Persian Makrān' (pages 2150-2203).

The chapters are followed by nineteen appendices:

Extent and format
1 volume (1165 pages)

Volume I, Part II is arranged into chapters that are sub-divided into numbered periods covering, for example, 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 appendices are sub-divided into lettered subject headings and also contain numbered annexures, as well as charts. Both the chapters and appendices have further subject headings that appear in the right and left margins of the page. Footnotes appear occasionally througout the volume at the bottom of the page which provide further details and references. A 'Detailed Table of Contents' for Part II and the Appendices is on pages cii-cxxx.

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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. It begins on the first folio with text, on number 879, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 1503.

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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1640] (157/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 26 February 2024]

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