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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2025] (542/1262)

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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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^fidence to the townspeople^ securing the magazines, granaries, and
other public stores, endeavouring to re-open the bazaars, and in adopting
measures for the public safety, as well as in taking steps for obtaining
supplies. 1 " Later, it would seem, on the recommendation of Sir J.
Outram, he was replaced in the position of Resident, at least with re
ference to territories not included in the sphere of operations. At the
end of January 1857 Commander Jones was sent, along with the
ftev. P. Badger, who accompanied the forces in the capacity of
Arabic interpreter to Sir J. Outram, as well as of chaplain, to advise the
Arabs of Muhammareh to remain neutral in the approaching struggle at
that place ; and in the course of a fortnight he returned with a chart of
the river at Muhammareh and a sketch of the enemy ; s works, which he
had prepared. Commander Jones was not present at the actions of
Khushab or Muhammareh ; but he and Lieutenant Disbrowe were
mentioned in despatches, notwithstanding the unfavourable notice
which the engagements obtained by them from chiefs under the Persian
Government had attracted, for aid willingly rendered to the military
authorities. At the end of April Sir J. Outram advised Commander
Jones not to delay any longer a tour which he proposed making, in the
character of Resident, to various ports in his jurisdiction.
A political assistant on whose services Sir J. Outram appears to have
set a higher value was Captain A. B. Kemball^ British Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency.
in Turkish Arabia A term used by the British officials to describe the territory roughly corresponding to, but not coextensive with, modern-day Iraq under the control of the Ottoman Empire. , who arrived at Bushehr from Baghdad towards the
end of February 1857 and apparently placed himself at the disposal of
the General. Early in March Sir J. Outram sent him and the Rev.
Mr. Badger to Basrah to remove objections which were being raised by
the Turks to the intended British operations at Muhammareh, and to
Muhammareh or its neighbourhood to obtain information of the enemy^s
strength and dispositions,—two tasks in which Captain Kemball and his
colleague seem to have succeeded admirably. Mr. Badger appears to have
visited Kuwait a little later and to have brought back with him some
useful political information. Captain Kemball accompanied the flying
* Captain (afterwards General Sir) Arnold Burrowes Kemball entered the Bombay
Artillery in 1837. He saw service in Afghanistan, at Ghazni, in 1839 ; and in 1841 he
became Assistant Resident in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. . In 1855 he was promoted to the
' s: : ^oiitical Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. in Turkish 'Iraq, in which he had previously officiated ; and an
acc ount of his services at Baghdad will be found in the chapter on the history of that
ri. province. In 1873 he attended the Shah of Persia during his first visit to England.
^ 1875-76, as mentioned elsewhere, he was employed on a Turko-Persian Boundary
Commission at Constantinople ; and in 1876 he accompanied tha Turkish army in
ei, via as a British Commissioner.

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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' [‎2025] (542/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 21 February 2024]

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