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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1698] (215/1262)

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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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of Muham-
mareli, 27th
March 1857.
sance to
Ahwaz, 29th
March to 4tli
April 1857.
—and 17 others wounded; but some of the vessels were considerably
damaged, especially the u Victoria/' which grounded under fire 200
yards from the mouth of the Karun and received 18 shots in her hull;
and ^00 bullets were found embedded in the broadside of the " Ferooz/ J
Of the military force not a single fighting man was even wounded.
The action was essentially a naval one; and^ as Sir J. Outram
himself observed : "Nothing (more) was left for the army to do, after
being conducted by the navy past the silenced batteries, than to land
and take possession of the enemy's entrenched camp/'
On the night of the 26th and morning of the 27th March, a troop
of the Sind Hor e under Captain Green followed the retiring Persians to
a point 11 miles beyond that reached by the infantry; but the fugitives
were found to be moving at a pace which in the absence of a strong
cavalry force, precluded all possibility of successful pursuit. Accord
ingly on the next day, though the rest of the scanty mounted troops
had in the meanwhile been landed, the British force returned to
Muhammareh; the Persian entrenched camps there were occupied by it;
and guards were stationed in the town to maintain order and security.
By the 1st April the baggage of the whole force had been landed and
tents pitched for all, which was opportune, for the weather had suddenly
grown very hot.
On the 29th March, under orders from Sir J. Outram who for want
of transport could not at the moment undertake any far reaching
operations by land, an expedition was despatched up the Karun River.
The instructions to the officer in command/ Acting Commodore
J. Bennie, were to push on to Ahwaz, reconnoitre the place, and, if
practicable, destroy any stores or supplies which the enemy had
collected there. His flotilla consisted of the armed steamer Comet ^
of the Baghdad Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. and the river steamers "Planet" and
" Assyria," each of which towed a gunboat mounting two 24-pounder
howitzers and manned by European sailors. The steamers carried,
distributed among them, 150 men of the 78th Highlanders and an
equal number of the 64th Foot, these troops being under the command
of Captain G. H. Hunt of the former regiment; and 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 A term used by the British officials to describe the territory roughly corresponding to, but not coextensive with, modern-day Iraq under the control of the Ottoman Empire. , accompanied the force in the capacity
of political officer.
* Commodore Young had been obliged, imiuediately after the capture of Muham-
mavch to obtain leave for reasons of health ; and his place was taken by Captain Bennie
of the "Ferooz."

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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' [‎1698] (215/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 8 December 2023]

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