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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1785] (302/1262)

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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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altogether incorrect ; but we should rather, perhaps, deplore their apathy
in regard to the suppression of Mir Mahanna, the desirability of which
was better understood by the Resident at Bushehr, than regret their
want of decision in not prohibiting an enterprise of which they
No actual movement took place until late in May, when the Persian jvjay 3^
land forces under Kuhneh Khan arrived before Rig and were joined Julie -
1 there by some thousands of men from Karim Khair's camp at Qubban
ii in 'Arabistan. The allied fleet, however, was not yet ready; and a bomb
which the Persians tried to throw from a mortar into the town of Rig
fell among themselves and killed several persons. Though Mir
Mahanna had laid in abundant supplies at Rig, desertions from among
his subjects warned him of the danger of attempting a long defence ;
and on the night of the 1st of June, after slaughtering such of his
cattle as he could not remove, he embarked his people and their property
on 17 vessels, of which 5 were Gallivats and the rest belonged to a
smaller class. The next day he arrived at the Island of Khargu^ adjoin
ing Kharag, where he landed and formed a settlement on a site that
suffered from several disadvantages, being at once waterless^ sandy,
without shade, and destitute of forage ; but he had brought plenty of
provisions with him, and the Dutch, though they otherwise observed
neutrality, allowed him to send his sheep to graze on the Island of
Kharag. The circumstances of Mir Mahanna at this time did not
promise a prolonged resistance on his part; for, though Kuhneh Khan's
forces could not reach him, a number of his people died of the extreme
heat. He himself, already blind of an eye, suffered from severe
inflammation of the other and was obliged for a time to leave the
arrangements for defence to subordinates, some of these being men
whose ears he had previously cut oft for disobedience of orders, or merely
in drunken fury.
The Anglo-Persian fleet, consisting of the snow " Tartar Captain 4^ to 18th
Price, of a ship belonging to Shaikh Nasir, of three Gallivats and of June *
two Batils, left Bushehr on the 4th of June to co-operate with Kuhneh
' ' vl -
it on an( ^ anchored the same evening off Kharag : they were thus too
^ Intli late to prevent the escape of Mir Mahanna from Rig. The son of the
te respo^ ^aikh of Bushehr, who came in his father's ship, tried to pose as the
25tliof^ a( * m * ra l 0 ^ ttie whole expedition ; but Captain Price of the Tartar ^
employ® 81 a( ^ ua % charge of the operations. The argest of the Persian
, a jglaJ ^ a ^ va ts was commanded by Mr. Natter, a writer The lowest of the four classes into which East India Company civil servants were divided. A Writer’s duties originally consisted mostly of copying documents and book-keeping. of the Bushehr
Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. , who had in his boyhood made several
voyages as a naval

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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' [‎1785] (302/1262), 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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