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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1692] (209/1262)

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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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principal armamentj two Impounders and two 3-pounder boat guns; but
of their heavy guns, which were mounted in broadside, only half could I
be brought to bear at the same time on river-hank fortifications. . JleSi!
The despatch of the troops from Bushehr began on the 4th March llf
and the leading ships crossed the bar and entered the Shatt-al-'Arab on
the 8th, anchoring off Ma'amareh on 'Abbadan Island ; but General ! (ri %cc ■
Havelock and the staff of the 3nd Division did not arrive there until tie
15th; and the coming of Sir J. Outram to assume the general directioi
of affairs was still further retarded by various causes, among which were ^ ^isnort^
expectations of a Persian attack on Uushehr, delay in the completion .^bni
of the 3nd Division without which it would be difficult both to hold ijjplaeed
Bushehr and attack JVi uhammareh, the suicides of General Stalker and 1 inposlti
Commodore Ethersey, and, finally, bad weather. While the fleet of war jimll
vessels and transports was assembling at MVamareh, all landing by tie 1:
troops on either side of the river was prohibited,—in order to avoid, Jltomtl
on the Persian bank, loss of life in useless skirmishes, and, on tte LjllieS
Turkish, violation of the neutrality of Turkey. Irregulars of the enemy |
who occupied a village opposite the anchorage in considerable strength i a Mais
gave no sign of hostility, except by flring on boats that approached the I ^een
left bank of the river too closely. Sir J. Outram arrived at Ma'amareh
on the 21st March in the " Ferooz"; and on the 24th the whole fleet,
numbering nearly 50 vessels exclusive of ships of war, moved up the
Shatt-al-'Arab and anchored off the village of Hartheh on 'Abbadan
Island, three or four miles below the mouth of the Karun. Some of the
larger vessels, which encountered difficulties by the way, did not reach
therendezvous with the others; and the attack on Muhammareh which
had been resolvedion was consequently postponed from the next day to
the day after.
It had been impressed upon the Arab tribes on the Persian side
through the medium of Captain Kemball, 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, and the Rev. Mr. Badger, one of the chaplains to the force and
Arabic interpreter to the Lieutenant General Commanding, that they
should remain neutral in the ensuing operations; and as Sir J Gutram
wrote from Hartheh, "the success of Captain KembalPs negotiations
wrth them was remarkably displayed as we steamed up to the present
anchorage," for, "at several of the villages, the Arabs, male and female,
approached the river waving their flags, and we had hardly anchored when
several came on board the « Feroze," volunteering to give us any informa-
on in their power as to the numbers and disposition of the enemy." A
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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' [‎1692] (209/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 5 December 2023]

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