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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1696] (213/1262)

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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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seaman whom Sir J. Outram described as " the life and soul of the fleet^
proceeded in a rowing boafc, under fire, to accelerate this movement
About 9 a.m ., the transport flotilla passed up the stream, sometimes
within 100 yards of the.Persian shore, exposed to an occasional fire from
field pieces, to which some of the transports having guns replied, and to
a hot musketry fusillade; but, the decks being well protected with bales
of compressed fodder, the only casualties were two or three native
followers killed through incautiously exposing themselves. The Bere-
nice/' carrying General Havelock, his staff, the 78th Highlanders, and
some details, in all about 1,400 men, went safely by, though several
times struck; but the moment of passing the Persian batteries was an
anxious one for her Commander, Lieutenant Chitty, I.N., who
steered the vessel himself. The landing took place, rapidly and in good
order, under General Havelock at a * point on the Shatt-al-'Arab some
distance above the Persian north battery, and for the most part direct
from the ships^ sides to terra fir ma. Just as the disembarkation began,
or perhaps earlier, the chief magazine in the enemy^s batteries exploded;
and after this various smaller explosions took place in the same vicinity.
The Semiramis " entered the Karun to silence a work which still fired
from one gun; and a landing party from the ^Assaye" occupied the
Persian north battery, while others from the "Semiramis," Victoria/'
Clive and Falkland " took possession of the southern one in the face
of some resistance.
Owing to the rise of the tide the horse artillery and cavalry, except
a troop of Sind Horse, could not immediately be set ashore; but about
1—30 or 2 p.m ., a field battery and the infantry portion of the force, after
being landed and formed, advanced first through the river side date
groves and then over open plain, against two entrenched camps which
the enemy had pitched, one—for his cavalry and artillery a little to
the north, the other—for his infantry—slightly to the west, of the town
of Muhammareh. The Persians were drawn up in order of battle near the
former of these camps, that which had been occupied by His Royal
Highness Khanlar Mirza himself; but on the approach of the British line ;
consisting from right to left of the field battery, the 78th Highlanders, a
wing of the 26th Native Infantry, His Majesty's 54th Regiment, the
Native Light Battalion, and the 23rd Native Infantry, they suddenly
l ost heart and disappeared as if by enchantment, leaving almost every-
^ The accounts vary greatly as to the place of disembarkation, one putting it o D ly.
a few hundred yards above the Persian battery, another as much as two miles above.
^ ossibly each transport went alongside where she found a good berth

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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' [‎1696] (213/1262), 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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