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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1699] (216/1262)

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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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The steamers anchored for the first night at Kut-al-^Abid, where
1 ^' traces of the passage of the enemy were found on the right bank of the
[{ r - ver> gab "'eh was reached early the next afternoon, and Isma^ili on the
evening 1 of the 30 th March. At Sab''eh signs were discovered of a recent
Ai p er sian bivouac, together with the wheel marks of five guns and of a
^ ^ small carriage. There were also several freshly made graves, and it was
afterwards ascertained that Sartip A gha Jan Khan, mortally wounded
^ k at Muhammareh, had been buried there. At Isma^ili communication
with the people of the country was opened, and from them it was learned
lb, a ti that the Persian army in retreat had passed on the previous day, towing
Persia one gun, of which the carriage was broken, in a boat on the river; here
ie im also new graves were discovered. An early start was made on the
iofastii: morning of the 31st and in the afternoon the force reached Kut-al-
it. Aw 'Amaireh, where positive information was obtained of the arrival of the
untedtn Persian army at Ahwaz on the day preceding. The hour was then
reknei to 0 late to admit of a nearer approach being made with safety to the
upieibi enemy ; s position ; but at 3 a. m . on the 1st April the flotilla got under
,nd seci wa y pressed on towards Ahwaz with the utmost despatch.
Cavalry patrols of the enemy were descried bef ore long, but they did
not approach very near. At length the main body of the Persian army
came in view, crowning [the ridge which forms a continuation, to the
whofon west of the river, of the Ahwaz hills on its eastern side. A boat was
far read captured under the^left bank and was found to contain the disabled gun,
KamiIi a handsome 12-pounder, which was at once hoisted on board the
Cod "Comet.-"
)lacej an! _
Meanwhile information was received according to which the village
) enemj ■ 0 _ . 4:3
(( ^ oi Ahwaz was very weakly held by the enemy, while the Persian army
Planet" on ^ e 0 PP 0S i^ e bank had no means of crossing the river to reinforce it;
24 p,. an ^ P^sently it was decided to attempt a coup de main. Two gunboats
j were sent up the river in advance, to distract the attention of the
inicrs |t) #
de^s ^ ^ ers ^ ans ^7 bombarding their principal position from the shelter of an island
i mrne diately below the Ahwaz rapids; and between 10 and 11 a.m ., the
■ W ^ e ^ infantry were landed on the left bank about three quarters of
• the cf a ^ 0W S un ^ oa ^ s * The troops having been formed by Captain
111 Hunt in such a manner as to give them, in the then bush-grown country,
the appearance of a large force, closed upon the village of Ahwaz from
jture of ^ 1 ^ S ^ an ^ war d side and occupied it without resistance a little before noon.
jyCap^ ^ eanw kil e Acting Commodore Eennie, with the Comet,^ had taken
a position in the river from which he could both support the gunboats
117 4

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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' [‎1699] (216/1262), 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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