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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1802] (319/1262)

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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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blockade of
of tlie
stantly in two divisions between Basrah and Bardistan as a check updii
further piratical proceedings by Mir Mahanna. The squadron itself
was now so badly founds both in men and stores^ that at one time tk
laying up of the smaller vessels was seriously considered as a means of
providing the larger with proper complements ; and eventually, a very
few days before the arrival of a Persian army at Ganaveh, the bulk of
the force returned to India under orders from the Basrah authorities.
No serious disturbance of the status quo took place^ however, until
after the expulsion of Mir Mahanna from Kharag by his own subjects
on the 26th of January 1769, —an event which only supplied the
Company's employes in the Gulf with an opportunity of committing fresh
errors of judgment. Mr. Moore and his associates seem to have
supposed that Mir Mahanna had accumulated vast treasures on
Kharag and that, by blockading the island and preventing the removal
of the spoil to the Persian coast, they might be able to obtain compen
sation for recent losses from the successor of Mir Mahanna or possibly
from Karim Khan, under whose authority, should there be no inter
ference on their part, Kharag was likely to fall ; but the event did
not answer to their expectations. A demand made by them on the
new chief of Kharag, that he should demolish his fortifications and
surrender his ordnance^ met with a refusal ; and about the beginning of
April, convinced at last of the impossibility of effectually blockading
Kharag and made anxious by rumours of a possible junction of the
Bushehr and Ka'ab fleets at Ganaveh under orders from Karim Khan,
they removed their vessels. Simultaneously, however, they sent
vacillating orders to the naval commander not to act offensively
against the Caun, Chaub, or Meer, unless a favourable opportunity
offers, whereby if he thinks he can get possession or destroy the
Ga Hi vats of both or either of the latter powers, if he can, he is by all
means to attempt it ".
Ihe action of the Agent and Council in regard to Kharag so
alarmed Mi. J. Morley, the Resident at Bushehr, who seems to bave
had an inkling of their intentions before they were carried out, and
who foresaw a rupture with Karim Khan as the probable consequence
that early in February he took steps, on his own responsibility, for
withdrawing the 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. from Bushehr; and later, notwithstanding
some preliminary opposition by the local Shaikh, who had received
orders from Zaki Khan commanding the Persian force sent to Ganaveh
not to let the British go, and in spite of the fact that about
100 persons—some of whom were patients in hospital-had to be

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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' [‎1802] (319/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 23 June 2024]

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