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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1799] (316/1262)

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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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in Persia was deferred, however, on the plea that 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. bad a num
ber of points to settle with the Shaikh of Bushehr before opening the
road from that place to Slnraz, which he had closed; but it was promised
in general terms that, as soon as the East India Company had given proof
of beino- in earnest in the Kharag matter and so set at rest the doubts
which Karim Khan openly avowed, their trade should have free course
throughout the whole country. At one moment during the negotia
tions 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. seemed inclined to accept the services of the Shaikhs of
Bushehr and Hormuz against Mir Mahanna, in preference to those of the
British; but, after a little hesitation, be resolutely set their offers aside;
and, before Mr. Skipp's departure, he accepted the presents of the East
India Company, at the same time according the bearer a very favourable
Steps were then taken, without further delay, to carry out the article Unsuccessful
relating to the reduction of Kharag. A considerable British armament attack on
was already present in the Gulf, the senior naval officer with the same ^ 7 h 6 g' ag5 May
being Commander C. Elphinstone, while the military were under the
orders of Captain L. Nilson or Nelson ; but so irresolute was the con
duct of the leaders that the operations ended in an ignominious failure,
which seemed to justify Karim Khan^s doubts of the willingness or
ability of the British to execute what they had undertaken.
On the 19th of May 1768 a council of war was held on board the 19th aud
British squadron before Kharag, at which it was resolved to make a
breach the next day in the north curtain of the fort, and to storm it
with landing parties. On the 20th, however, there was an adverse wind,
which prevented the ships from anchoring so near to the shore as had
been intended ; a three hours^ bombardment produced no effect on the
fort; the enemy stood to their guns with unexpected firmness ; the grab Shallow vessel with a projecting bow.
" Bombay the second largest vessel of the East India Company^s
marine, went on fire in her starboard quarter ; and the attack was
abandoned. In this engagement the e< Bevenge " and the " Bombay "
suffered a good deal in their masts and rigging and received a number
of shot in their hulls, while the <( Bevenge " had u three of her men s
l^gs shot off," the " Bombay " had ten men wounded, some of them
Mortally, and the " Dolphin " schooner had one man killed. Mir
Mahanna's guns were said to be heavier than those of the squadron, which
^ere 6 and 9 pounders only. The same evening a second council of
war was held, and it was decided to postpone further operations until
Karim Khan ; s real intentions in regard to sending military assistance
should have become known, for, if reinforcements were obtained, the

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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' [‎1799] (316/1262), 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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