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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1634] (151/1262)

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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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of t^e Agent
and Council
at Pasrah on
arrival of the
Repulse of a
attack on
Mansur fort,
May 1766.
Captain Baillie, with the vessels under his command, touched at
Bushehr on the 10th of March 1766 and left again for Basrah on the
13th. It appears that the Agent and Council at Basrah, partly because
they believed that a separate peace between themselves and the Ka'ab
would not avail to restore commercial security, while it would certainly
injure their relations with the Turks, partly because they had led the
Pasha An Ottoman title used after the names of certain provincial governors, high-ranking officials and military commanders. and Mutasallim During the eighteenth century this was the third most powerful official in Ottoman Iraq (after the Pasha and the Kiya). The title was given specifically to the Governor of Basra. to rely on British assistance being granted, and
partly because, in the opinion of the Commanders, the British force was
too weak to attempt operations on land without allies, took upon
themselves to disregard the instructions which they had received from
Bombay for dealing with the Ka'ab alone in the first instance, and
at once proceeded to arrange for the co-operation of a Turkish force.
One preliminary engagement only seems to have taken place between
the vessels of the British expedition and the Ka'ab fleet; and the latter
having had the worst of it, retired " with a most artful alacrity
into the neighbourhood of Doraq, where they were at once safe from
naval attack. The Turks as usual were slow to move, and, at the
Mutasallim During the eighteenth century this was the third most powerful official in Ottoman Iraq (after the Pasha and the Kiya). The title was given specifically to the Governor of Basra. 's request, an unsuccessful application was made to the
Shaikh of Bushehr for his assistance; but eventually, before the end
of May, a Turkish camp was formed somewhere below Basrah; and the
British snow " Tartar/' which had meanwhile arrived from the Gulf,
was sent to lie beside it. The bulk of the British expeditionary force
had now, apparently, been collected in or near Kbor Musa; it was
under the command of Captain Andrew Nesbitt, probably on account of
the illness of Captain Baillie, who died only a few weeks later.
Towards the end of May, Captain Nesbitt sent Lieutenant Button
with a number of armed boats «to reconnoitre and examine the river
of * Dourackand the result was the discovery of a number of native
vessels, which were lying, without their upper masts, in a small creek
near to a newly-erected fort named Mansur. Captain Nesbitt, though
he feared that little could be effected without the assistance of the
Turks, sent the "Success," "Dolphin," and "Wolf," along with a
launch, the barge of the "Bombay," and two or three armed
Trankis, to destroy the vessels sighted,-a task which they effectually
performed; but a further attempt to take the fort itself was
unsuccessful, "for want of water and people to drag the guns, being
. * Th9 det f 80f f e are not easily followed, a S but few names are given
Donm J" l. an t T 0 ' n tlle8e are identifiabls ^ certainty. The " river of
9s Khor

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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' [‎1634] (151/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 4 December 2023]

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