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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1695] (212/1262)

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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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16 ^ the " Ajdaha/' fii'st ascended the channel on the Turkish side of the river
^ to support the raft; but, as soon as the enemy had been shaken by their
6 ^ combined fire, these vessels returned to the main river to reinforce the
^Uperooz/' " Assaye" and Victoria/' which, the last named towing the
W ! n paikland/'' next proceeded up-stream to engage the Persian batteries at
short range. At about 7 a.m ., the "Yerooz," backed by the " Assaye/'
came into action against the Persian north battery, while the ff Semira-
a ^mis/ , Victoriaand ^Falkland^ devoted their attention to the
southern one and to the subsidiary battery on the northern bank of the
1 P res ®t Karun. According to an eyewitness, " The morning being very
^ i clear, with just sufficient breeze to prevent the smoke from collecting, a
Weiniljflore beautiful scene than was then presented can scarcely be imagined,
raft toi The ships, with ensigns flying from every mast-head, seemed decked
on the! for a holiday; ihe river glittering in the early sun-light, its dark date-
isb; fringed banks contrasting most effectively with the white canvas of the
iishta" Falkland," which had loosened sails to get into closer action ; the sulky-
'6 of thisi: looking batteries just visible through the grey fleecy cloud which envel-
3ry andiloped them ; and groups of brightly-dressed horsemen flitting at intervals
liticalipbetween the trees where they had their encampment, formed altogether
m aw a picture from which even the excitement of the heavy cannonade around
prokblncould not divert the attention."" The distance of the ships from the
MrcapliPersian works was only 200 to 300 yard?, and the parapets rapidly
irokrat crumbled under their fire. About 7-45 a.m ,, only 8 or 4 guns in the
lotjikesiPersian batteries then remaining in action. Commodore J. ^. Young,
ir-EIsas® w ^ 0 cornman ded the fleet and had hoisted his flag on the a Eerooz," made
the signal to close, whereupon the <{ Ferooz " and " Assaye " laid them-
,, i selves within 60 vards of the Persian north battery, the other vessels
1 "'l ... " • 1 t» •
being in line astern, and a heavv fire was poured into the Persian works
repanejn . ; J r 1 ^ ,
opposite each. In this last phase of the naval engagement the i3ritisn
^ ^ ships anchored except the a Assaye,^ which alternately steamed up to
^the (c Ferooz" and dropped down with the current, raking as she did so
the Karun face of the northern batter v.
t. Acc« ^
i batteit The enemy's artillery being practically silenced, though a hot
war, ffl# musketry fire from his batteries and breast works still continued and was
s Pers®: answered by European riflemen on board the ships, it was time for the
rtthonM transports carrying the troops prepared for disembarkation to advance
^ 111 ac up to the river. Captain J. Rennie, I.N., of the " Ferooz/' a dauntless
a booffl^ * Captain Hunt; see his Outram and Haveloch's Persian Campaign,
ifollo^ 9 - 250 -

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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' [‎1695] (212/1262), 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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