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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1697] (214/1262)

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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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'^bl thing behind them in their flight. Just as they evacuated the place ail
enormous magazine^ that containing the whole of their reserve am-
someti munition, was blown up,—whether designedly or by accident remained
.al fitgi uncertain. The British force continued in pursuit of the Persians for
led, aii three or four miles beyond Muhammareh in the direction of Ahwa^
witH but overtook none of them except wounded stragglers; finally they
fcem bivouacked on their ground. At the close of the day a thanksgiving
The"! service was held on the a Assaye ^ by the Rev. Mr. Badger and was
anders, attended by Sir J. Outram and his staff^ Captain Kemball, and others,
oughsef The exact loss of the Persians was difficult to ascertain, but 80 or 90
rieg ^ bodies were found unburied in their batteries and the total number of
11, their killed was estimated at 200. Among the partially wounded was
andiji Sartip Agha Jan Khan, one of their most esteemed officers, who fell in
l-'Aiij the north battery, and whom they carried off with them in their
t part| retirement. Considerable execution was found to have been done in
ation l{{ ^he Persian camps, though far distant from the river, by a fire of shell
explol and grape which had from time to time been turned in their direction
by the ships. Few Persian wounded were seen, but many were after-
ame m
ickstiif wards reported to have been murdered by Arabs while endeavouring to
make good their escape. The enemy abandoned 16 guns, 6 to 18-poun-
"Vicli ( ^ ers ^ which fell into the hands of the British troops, also an 8-inch
in einfci brass mortar; but the mortar and some of the guns, as captured, were in
an unserviceable condition. The Persians took away with them 5, or
possibly 6 field guns: and the others which their batteries had been
valrj, ® ,, 7
e- Ui re P con ^ am were presumed to have been thrown into the rivers
' or creeks, in the mud of which two of those taken were recovered,
le 10106,1.: ^
jy Man y small arms and some quantities of ammunition, including 3,600
, rounds, for the artillery, 4,000 loose shot and shell, mostly for 9 and
camps ^ -i o ,
^ i^-pounders, and 14,400 lbs. of powder, were collected; and it was
of tbel Ca ^ cu ^ a ^ e ^ about 144,000 lbs. of powder must have been destroyed
i ttleW in ex l ) ^ os ^ ons w hich took place in the Persian lines during or after
Hisl^ 18 ac ^ 0n • ^ en ^ s the number of 132 and a large amount of provi-
^ ...r s ^ ons were captured. One reason of the Persians' being obliged to
6 ' abandon most of their effects was that, perfectly assured of their ability
lig aI1 to defend Muhammareh with success, they had sent their animal
transport away to Ahwaz, where fodder was more easily obtainable,
ihey sii hat they did succeed in carrying off was plundered, to a large extent,
aim# Y Arabs who beset them in their retreat.
^2' 't r ^ e ^ 0ss ^ whole engagement was trifling: in the fleet
amounted only to 5 killed, and one officer—Lieutenant Harriet, I.N.,

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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' [‎1697] (214/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 28 November 2023]

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