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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1638] (155/1262)

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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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ness of the
Failure of
assault on
the Ka'ab
23rd Septem
ber 1786, and
tion of the
British force.
of the Turks
from the
the camp the next morning with his right hand., nose and ears cut off,—-
" which kind of cruelty had been mutually practised between the Chaub
and the Turks all along.*"
Captain Brewer, apparently on the 18th of September, waited upon
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. with proposals for an assault upon the enemy's
" redoubts,*" which were at first favourably considered ; but, " upon the
" entrance of Shaikh Dorris, one of the principal * Ions, everything was
(< disconcerted, and he had reason to believe the Chaub had intelligence
" thereof that night from the same quarter/*' 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. afterwards
requested Captain Brewer to wait for three days, as he was in expectation
of receiving help from the Persians; and that officer, who had now
begun to despair even of Turkish assistance, got timber ready for scaling
ladders, and made other dispositions for carrying out the assault with his
own unaided resources.
The doctor with the British forces being ill, Captain Brewer applied
for one to be sent from Basrah ; and the Council there were able, after
some delay, to obtain the services of the physician to the French
Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. , on pay of three francs a day in addition to his food and an
allowance for a servant or interpreter.
On the 23rd of September, the very day of the Agents arrival in the
" Tartar " at Doraqistan, by which the entrance of Khor Musa is pro
bably meant, a most unlucky attack was made on the Ka'ab redoubts
by a British force without the co-operation, it would appear, of the Turks:
it resulted in the loss of Captain Brewer, two Lieutenants, a sergeant
and 18 others, killed on the spot, and of 32 dangerously wounded,
besides which the field guns landed were captured by the enemy, also
13 chests of ammunition. After this disaster, under the instructions
of Mr. Wrench, who was dissuaded from proceeding up the Khor on the
ground that both banks were now lined by the enemy and that his
presence would serve no useful purpose, the British force was re-
embarked, with the exception of six gunners who were left on shore with
the Turks to help them m throwing shells
xr ^ in the proceedingSj messengers from Karim Khan, the
Vakil Elected representative or attorney, acting in legal matters such as contracting marriage, inheritance, or business; a high-ranking legal official; could also refer to a custodian or administrator. of Persia, arrived upon the scene with letters for the Kehiyah and
the ritish Agent at Basrah, in which he required them to desist from
attacking the Ka'ab who were his subjects, and to withdraw from
Persian terntoty, but in which he promised at the same time to compel
• That i S( A'yan or native notables of the Basrah district, see page 1215 ante.

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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' [‎1638] (155/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 1 December 2023]

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