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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1794] (311/1262)

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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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Hormuz and
lofei of tt.o
" Defiance,"
Bombay. Mr. Moore, it would appear, had now contracted a strong
prejudice against Karim Khan, whom he described as "by far too
wavering and capricious to have the least reliance on his promises; ^ and
his own view, at this juncture, seems to have been that the British
should prosecute their quarrel against the Ka'ab by main force, without
recourse to alliances.
After the conclusion of their negotiations with Karim Khan and the
reference of his proposals to higher authority in India, the Agent and
Council at Basrah found themselves with a considerable and temporarily
unemployed naval force at their disposal, and, looking round, they in
vented for it a remarkable and unauthorised application. Eeverting to the
"Islamabad " case of 1765, the detail? of which they hunted up in the
records of the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. , and to the instructions given by the Bombay
Government early in 1766, in which operations for the recovery of the
value of the "Islamabad's^ cargo were contemplated if a favourable
opportunity should present itself after the chastisement of the Ka'ab,
quoting also an alleged request by Karim Khan to Mr. Skipp at
Shiraz, that the Company should undertake the reduction of Shaikh
^Abdullah of Hormuz to obedience to the Government of Persia,
Mr. Moore and his colleagues decided on a showy but dangerous enterprise.
It was to call upon Shaikh ^Abdullah, on account of his ex post facto
connection with the " Islamabad " affair, to pay 114,00,000 as compensation
to the owners and freighters of the unfortunate vessel, 111,00,000 as
damages to the East India Company, and R^OjOOO as a reward to the mem
bers of the expedition; to deliver up to the British, as the allies of Karim
Khan, a ship and all the Gallivats which were in his possession; and to
renounce in favour of the British, or whomsoever 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. might
nominate, his ancestral property, the island of Hormuz. As if this
plan were not likely in itself to be large enough to occupy the available
vessels, satisfaction was to be demanded from the Shaikh of Charak
f< for his taking our armed boat in the month of May last on her
return from Masqat, for his cruelty to our people, and for his insolence
in saying the English were not equal to his shoes,which satisfaction
was to consist in the restoration of the boat and her cargo, valued at
R10,000, in the seizure of the Shaikh's Gallivats, and in the capture
of the Shaikh himself, who was to be handed over a prisoner to Karim
Khan. The Shaikh of Q.ais, also, was to be called to account for his
share m the " Islamabad " business ; and, last but not least, Commodore
Price was " ordered to take, burn, sink and destroy every fighting
G alii vat he meets with during his cruise except those belonging to Meer

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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:

Extent and format
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' [‎1794] (311/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 8 December 2023]

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