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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1788] (305/1262)

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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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2nd to 11th
with Karim
arising out of
Ka'ab affairs 3
the large Bushelir ship, to the help of his smaller craft; but, while hife
vessel and that of Mr. Natter engaged the enemy and both received
damage, the Bushebris confined themselves to cruising up and down at
a safe distance. From the first Captain Price had been displeased with
the conduct of bis allies, who systematically disregarded a code of signals
that he had arranged and shunned even the appearance of danger, while
the Shaikh's son even pretended that it was bsneath his dignity to take
orders from a European ; and their behaviour on this last occasion was
so unsatisfactory that on the next day Mr. Natter and some European
gunners who had been distributed among the vessels of the Bushehr fleet
o o
were withdrawn, and returned partly on board the " Tartar " and partly
on board a small yacht, belonging to the establishment of the British
Agent at Basrah, which had taken part in the later operations.
On the 2nd of July a small vessel of the Bushehr fleet was taken by
the enemy, and another was cast on shore and lost. On the 9th of July
the Agents yacht left for Basrah in company of the a Fort William/ , a
large English ship from Bengal which had called at Kharag ; and on the
10th the fleet of Mir Mahanna formed a junction, within sight of Kharag,
with that of Salman, the Shaikh of the Ka^ab, who like himself was at
war with Karim Khan, and who a few days later came to a rupture with
the British also. On the 11th of July Captain Price announced his inten
tion of returning to Bushehr on the following night; and, as the Shaikh's
son who had neither money nor provisions left, decided to withdraw like-
wise, the operations came to an end. The failure was entirely due to the
pusillanimous behaviour of the Bushehr contingent ; but Karim Khan,
nevertheless, seems to have considered that he had been badly treated in
the matter by the British.
No sooner had this enterprise reached its unfortunate conclusion than
a new train of circumstances began, of which the tendency was still
further to lower the credit of the British in the eyes of 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. , and
at the same time to bring their interests and his into collision. Of these
events, which are fully described in the history of 'Arabistan, the most
important were the piratical seizure by the Ka'ab tribe in July 1765 of
the " Sally " and ^ Fort William " and of the Agent's yacht, just
mentioned; the subsequent despatch of a British armament from
Bombay, at the begmumg ot 1766, to co-operate with a Turkish force
* Such at least was the opinion of the traveller Niebuhr, who was an im]
eyewitness of the whole proceedings, and who has placed it on record that ^
Mahanna " would inevitably have been defeated altogether, it only Captain Price and
Mr. Natter had not been deserted in such a cowardly manner by the Bushehr Arabs.
For his account of the operations, see his Voyage, Volume 11, pages 152 —150.

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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' [‎1788] (305/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 20 July 2024]

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