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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1817] (334/1262)

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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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patcli Governor that it should be submitted to the Government of
B mbay Nothing more was apparently heard of the matter, which
had arisen through a complaint made by the Inspector Christanus men
tioned in the protest, and in regard to which Mynheer Buschman was
careful to explain, in a covering letter, that he only acted under instruc-
tions from the Supreme Council in Batavia.
At the end of July 1765 Mynheer Buschman, who had applied for The Dutch
leave of absence on the ground of health, was relieved by a Mynheer van on
Houting, a gentleman of ability, well connected in Holland, but under
altogether ignorant of the languages and the politics of the Gulf. Routing,™
Mynheer Buschman had recommended a German named Tamm or Temm
who had come to Kharag as a private soldier and had risen by merit to
a clerkship and finally to the position of Second, to act as his locum
tenens j but the Council in Batavia, though prepared to grant Tamm
some substantial advantages, would not give him the Chief ship; and he
having become aware of this, but not of the special arrangements which
it was intended to make in his favour, gave way to despair and blew his
brains out before the arrival of Mynheer van Houting.
In the month of September 1765, Mir Mahanna, who still occupied Disastrous
Khargu and only a few of whose people had as yet returned to Rig, Dutch on^
gained a victory over his enemy Shaikh Nasir and proceeded to blockade Khargu by
... ii ' ji * MirMahanna,
Bushehr, insisting that the Dutch also should suspend their trade with October
that port. On the 9th of October Mynheer van Houting, who was 1765 -
unwilling to submit to the dictation of a savage, sent two large India-
men and three Gallivats against Khargu; and the Shaikh of Bushehr,
delighted at the turn of events, hastened with his fleet and a considerable
land force to join the Dutch. The Dutch burned one of Mir
Mahanna^s Gallivats and destroyed two others, but after this they could
do him no more damage from the sea, for he had carefully fortified his
position " and, so to speak, almost buried himself in the ground/" 7 At
length the allies decided on a landing ; and, as their disembarkation was
not opposed, they quickly reached the houses of the inhabitants, where
they all, even the Dutch European troops, gave themselves up to plunder.
Mir Mahanna, seeing the invaders scattered and disorganised, suddenly
attacked them with a body of cavalry, of which the existence even had
not been suspected, and drove them into the sea with heavy loss. On the
part of the Dutch 7 0 Europeans were killed, while about a dozen
escaped, wounded, by swimming off to the ships; and the Shaikh of
r was said to have lost 200 men. The Dutch were so weakened
that they found themselves obliged to return to Kharag

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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' [‎1817] (334/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 1 March 2024]

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