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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1631] (148/1262)

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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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on account of the withdrawal of tlie Persians from tlie affair^ their pro- June 1765;
jected campaign against the Ka'ab j but they carried it out in such a
spiritless manner, without even crossing the Shatt-al-^Arab into the
enemy's country or making use of a British vessel which they had
engaged, that they actually suffered more loss than they inflicted.
Before the return of the Turks to Basrah, a nominal peace was arranged
between them and the Ka^ab, in which the British—so the Ka^ab Shaikh
afterwards asserted—were not mentioned ; and not long afterwards the
name of Salman, whom the hostile attitude of the British had greatly
exasperated, became known even in distant Europe through an auda
cious attack, unprecedented in the annals of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , upon
British shipping.
Capture by
the Ka'ab of
the Sally,"
18tb July
had i 1 '
After the failure of the Anglo-Turkish expedition the British repre
sentatives at Basrah had at first some fear of consequences ; but, having
overcome it-, they sent a sloop or yacht belonging to the Company to
Kharag, where she arrived about the 20th of June, to make it generally
known that there was no longer any danger from the Ka^ab. On the
10th of July, however, part of the Ka^ab fleet was seen near Kharag,
apparently united to that of Mir Mahanna, with whom Shaikh Salman
was ordinarily on bad terms, but whom he now resembled in being at
war with Persia and in having a grievance against the British; and on
the 18th of July, as the " Sally,a two-masted snow from Madras, was
sailing up the Shatt-al- ; Arab by night, she was met not far from Basrah
by several boats, to which the officer of the watch paid no attention,
but from which a number of Ka^ab presently threw themselves on board
the "Sally" with loud shouts, capturing her almost before the captain
could leave his cabin.
Meanwhile the Company^s yacht, which had left Kharag on the 9th Capture by
of July under convoy of the a Fort William, " a Bengal ship of three ^^a'ab of
masts, for fear of Mir Mahanna's Gallivats, had arrived in the river ; yacht, 19th
and, on the day alter the misfortune to the " Sally, 33 she too was en-
countered and taken by the Ka^ab, as they were going down the river
with their prize.
The success of the Arabs did not end here, for near the mouth of the p a P^ 1,e by
the Ka ab of
nver they came upon the "Fort William " herself, whose commander, the ''Fort
seeing two British vessels already in their power stood back for the Gulf July
to gain sea-room for his ship ; but she unfortunately ran aground upon 1765.
the bar. The Ka^ab, perceiving what had happened, waited until the
ebb threw her upon her side and so rendered her guns useless, when they

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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' [‎1631] (148/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 28 November 2023]

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