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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1782] (299/1262)

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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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outrage on
the British
Ship " Islam
abad 6th
1765, and
Bushehr, The idea was not well received, however, by the Government
of Bombay, who apparently thought that the expenses of a guardsbip
would be heavier than anticipated by Mr. Price and to whom, moreover,
a scheme for stationing* not one but three guardships in the Gulf appears
to have been submitted. In September 1764, Karim Khan, who was
then encamped with a large force in the Bakhtiyari country, was believed
to be contemplating the reduction of Mir Mahanna in the month of
November or December following, for which purpose he was desirous of
the help of one or two British vessels to prevent the escape of the rebel
by sea ; and it was reported that " he was willing to assign the Hon ; ble
" Company the annual sum of 40,000 Rupees Indian silver coin also widely used in the Persian Gulf. for two cruizers, or 20,000
a for one, to be stationed in the Gulf for the protection of the trade, and
" had also made an offer of delivering up to the Hon^ble Company the
" Town and Government of Bunderick/ ; i.e., of Rig, a if agreeable to us. ;;
The Bombay Government, however, took no steps in the matter further
than to authorise the Resident, in December 1764, to lend the 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. the
services of a British vessel from time to time, provided that it were for
the interest of the East India Company in Persia to do so, and that no
inconveDience should be caused by the detention of the ship.
Soon after this a serious case of piracy occurred, proving that the
need for some kind of maritime police was not imaginary. The " Islama
bad " a British vessel from Bengal, commanded by Captain H. Sutherland,
was returning down the Gulf from Basrah to India, when she encountered
off the island of Qishm a violent gale from the south-east, before whicH
she was obliged to run to Mughu. The places of a number of her
crew, lost on the outward voyage and at Basrah, had been supplied
by the enlistment at the latter place of a dozen Arab sailors, the
remainder of the original crew were, with one exception, Indians;
and the only true Europeans on board were the Captain and his three
officers. Among the passengers were some Armenian merchants. At
Mughu on the 6th of February, the ship being short of provisions and
water, the Captain sent the long-boat ashore in charge of the third officer
to fetch a quantity of both, upon which the Arab part of the crew rose
against the officers remaining on board, surprised and killed them, and
took possession of the " Islamabad The next day, when the party in
the long-boat, who were ignorant of what had occurred after their
departure, came alongside in bad weather, several of them were allowed
by the Arab mutineers, or rather pirates, to return on board ; but on the
Captain's servant attempting to follow, he was wounded with a lance and
thrown back into the water, and, hardly had he been picked up by hia

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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' [‎1782] (299/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 9 December 2023]

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