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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1763] (280/1262)

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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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chiefly arose, during the period under consideration, from the insecurity
which generally prevailed in Northern 'Arabistan,
The stafce of that sub-province in 1896-97 was, as we have already Murderous
seen, one of chaos; and British subjects and firms were among the Mr. Tanfield»
cnffprers from the universal disorder, the impunity of the Persian of a
suucicis . . . caravan of
soldiers who had attacked Messrs. Lynch s at Nasiri in 1895 affording, Messrs.
it would seem, special encouragement to outrages against them. In and
June 1896 a brutal and murderous midnight attack was made at Messp.
Shushtar upon Mr, Tanfield, an employ^ of Messrs. Lynch, by a atshash^r,
Persian subject in his service; he escaped with his life, but fearfully 1896-97.
mutilated. Such an incident might have occurred under any Govern
ment ; but this one was invested with an exceptional character by
the conduct of a crowd who, on the following day, pursued with yelis
and stone-throwing a party conveying the wounded man to a steamer.
Mr. Tanfield^s assistant was arrested, but at first nothing further was
done; and it was only after the outrage had become the subject of
diplomatic repiesentations that the offender was removed to Tehran and
there imprisoned. The Nizam-us-Saltaneh, Governor-General of the
province, and his brother and deputy, the Sa^ad-ul-Mulk, who had
shown gross negligence if not prejudice in their treatment of the case,
were removed from office.
In January 1897 a mob, after pillaging a caravan belonging to
Messrs. Lynch on its way between Shushtar and Shalaili, the anchorage
for steamers, invaded and completely sacked the office of Messrs. Hotz,
a Dutch firm under British protection, in the town.
Shortly afterwards order was in some measure restored by the A'la-
ud-Douleh, who succeeded the Nizam-us-Saltaneh as Governor-General;
but no compensation was obtained by Messrs. Lynch or Messrs. Hotz
for their losses. In 1898 it was still impossible for any European to
reside at Sbushtar.
On the night of the 5th September 1902 the " Shushan' ,> *steamer, Attacks on
owned by His Majesty the Shah but worked by Messrs. Lynch and ^"and 8 '
commanded at the time by Captain King, was attacked by a gang of 40 insecurity on
Arabs of the Khasraj section of the Bani Lam tribe, who fired about 70 K5ranfl902
shots into the vessel, fatally wounding a deckman and killing a boy who "05.
were on board. The wood work of the cabins was riddled with shot
*The Shushan " is known among the Arabs of the country as the "Slugi-al-Kartln M
(Greyhound of the Karun), also by the more opprobrious names of " Abu -Az-al-Hamar'
(Possessor of the Red Posterior) and " Khanzir-al-Hamar " (Red Pig)» these last
appellations referring to the colour of her stern wheel.
121 A

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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' [‎1763] (280/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 1 December 2023]

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