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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1764] (281/1262)

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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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holes and the funnel, too, was pierced. The robbers entered the vessel
and remained about an hour on board her, pillaging the cargo and
effects of the crew, after which they decamped with their booty. There
was a guard of three Persian soldiers on board when the attack took
place, but they fled at the approach of the marauders ; one of them was
wounded. After this the ^Shushan^ was supplied with a Persian
military guard of ten men by the A^am-us-Saltaneh, Governor of
Northern ^Arabistan, who promised that troops would shortly arrive to
restore security; but none came. The Persian authorities excused
themselves for not taking measures against the Khasraj on the ground
that they were Turkish subjects.
On the 17th May 1903 the <f Shushan^ was again fired on at
On the 15th April 1904 a third attack on the Shushan^ occurred,
again at Shalaili, the vessel being moored to the bank and having
10,000 Qrans in specie on board at the time. The affair began at
8-30 p. m. with the discharge of 50 or 60 shots from some high
ground, to which no reply could be made as there were intending
passengers with mules and donkeys on the bank alongside. The raiders,
numbering about 50, next rushed down from the high ground ; and,
while some of them turned their attention to the passengers on shore,
the rest poured a hot fire into the body of the ship. Those of the ;
passengers who could meanwhile began to escape across the river in
cargo boats, and the Persian guard, to gain time, opened a parley with
the leader of a group of about ten Arabs who had approached the gang
way, dagger in hand. Captain Maclure, the Commander, and two deck-
men, armed with rifles, posted themselves in the engine-room ; and the
Persian guard also made ready. On the leader of the Arabs shouting
to his men to rush the ship^ about 20 more came up; the Persian guard
then fired a volley by Captain Maclure's order; the Arab leader fell
dead; and the rest of the robbers beat a hasty retreat, leaving his body
behind. Shots continued to be exchanged until 10-30 p. m . ; but there
was no further attempt at boarding. The vessel was undoubtedly saved
by the good behaviour of the Persian guard, commanded by Muhammad
Hassan, Vakil Elected representative or attorney, acting in legal matters such as contracting marriage, inheritance, or business; a high-ranking legal official; could also refer to a custodian or administrator. -Bashi.
On board two women passengers had been killed, and one wounded; 1
on shore one mule and four donkeys had been carried off; and the
damage done to the woodwork and funnel of the ship was estimated at

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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' [‎1764] (281/1262), 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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