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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1633] (150/1262)

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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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"four or more Gallivats which last will be much wanted to pursue him
" up the creek, but which however we submit to your better judgment."
During the month of September 1765 the Ka^ab occupied themselves,
as explained in the history of Turkish ^Iraq, in stripping the date plan
tations in Turkish territory immediately below Basrah of their fruit ;
and their example was followed by the Muntafik tribe, who also moved
into the district on pretext of defending it against the Ka^ab.
Fourth Anglo-Turkish expedition against the Ka'ab, 1766.
The gravity of the situation seems to have been appreciated by the an a
Bombay Government, who, at the beginning of January 1766, complied orders of the
with the suggestions of the Agent and Council by despatching a naval of 0V Bombay,
and military force to the Gulf under the command of Captain Lesly January
Baillie and Captain John Brewer. It consisted of the grab Shallow vessel with a projecting bow. " Bombay," '
the ketch "Success," the schooners Dolphin" and "Tyger," the
Gallivat "Wolf," and the storeship a Fame, " the last mentioned of
these being a chartered vessel, and of 50 European infantry, 15 European
artillery, 150 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. and 25 lascars A term used by the British officials to describe non-European sailors employed on East India Company ships. . Captain Baillie, at starting,
received orders to establish a naval blockade of the Ka'ab on his way
to Basrah, by stationing some of his vessels at suitable points.
The instructions sent to the Agent and Council were that they should,
immediately on the blockade being formed, address a direct demand to
the Ka^ab for restitution of the British ships and their cargoes and for
compensation on account of their detention and of the expense incurred
by the East India Company in sending the expedition; and, should
these points be conceded, they were then, on condition of the Ka'ab
Shaikh undertaking never in future to molest the Company^s trade, to
engage that the Company on their part should not again interfere in
any dispute between him and his neighbours. If, however, the Shaikh
proved impracticable, the Agent and Council were to have recourse to
the Turks and propose joint action with them against the Ka^ab, upon
condition of: the Turkish forces being prepared to start immediately
and of the Turkish officials agreeing to make satisfactory arrangements
for the discharge of a large debt then due by one Haji Yusuf tothe
Company; but, if these requirements were not fulfilled, the British
force was to " proceed alone and pursue the most effectual measures
for re-taking our vessels and destroying those of the Chaub."

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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:

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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' [‎1633] (150/1262), 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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