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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1706] (223/1262)

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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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Piracy in
Khor Doraq.
Alleged in
between the
the Shaikh of
mareh, 1875.
and more than we looked for." In all 20,631 Qrans were recovered on
this expedition, including a sum paid in by Shaikh Jabir on behalf of
Shaikh Muhammad-bin-Faris, and a deposit of 5,200 Qrans made by
the Prince Governor A Prince of the Royal line who also acted as Governor of a large Iranian province during the Qājār period (1794-1925). on account of plunder which the prisoner Ahtaib,
a slave, was supposed to have made over to his owners, the Halail family,
Shaikhs of Buziyeh.
In all the equivalent of Es. 13,430 had been recovered and 12
prisoners arrested on Persian soil, and more could not be obtained, though
some of the " Cashmere" property was unaccounted for and a few
criminals remained at large. The conduct of Shaikh Jabir had been so
praiseworthy throughout that the Government of India sanctioned the
presentation to him in acknowledgment thereof, on Colonel Herberts
recommendation, of a six-oared cutter from Bombay to cost Rs. 600 or
700; and the single gun still fired as a salute by the vessels of the British
ludia Steam Navigation Company in passing the Shaikh of Muhammareh^s
riverside residence commemorates the gratitude of the owners of the
Cashmere " for Haji Jabir's exertions. The " Comet" was employed
for seven months in connection with the case, and Mr. Robertson spent in
all 122 days on board of her; but the energy, time, and money devoted by
the British authorities to enforcing reparation in Turkey and Persia were
not disproportionate to the result. The effects of their assiduity, without
which substantial satisfaction would not have been obtained, were
salutary and durable; and in the forty years that have since elapsed no
offence against British shipping at all comparable with the " Cashmere "
piracy has been registered in either Persian or Turkish waters.
About the middle of October 1873 a small native-rigged sailing
vessel under British colours was plundered in the Doraq or Buziyeh
branch of Khor Musa; but strong orders for the arrest of the robbers
and the recovery of the value of the articles taken were obtained
from the Persian Government at Tehran.
In 1875, when relations between Shaikh Jabir of Muhammareh and
the Persian Central Government were somewhat disturbed, as has been
mentioned before, an article by Dr. Pollak formerly physician to the
Shah of Persia, appeared in the Neue Freie IPresse newspaper of Vienna,
suggesting that the Shaikh was about to throw off his allegiance to the
Persian Government and transfer his principality to the British, to whom
it would be a valuable acquisition as affording them a line of military
advance into the interior of Persia and, consequently, a means of
counteracting Russian progress in Central Asia. A translation of this

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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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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