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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1805] (322/1262)

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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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Mfit express permission. And if, contrary to our expectations, you should
tell a have undertaken either the one or the other, we in this case require
" and direct you forthwith to withdraw such settlement.'^ The Directors
iccountji, considered that the expenses of maintaining a 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. in Persia — even
5 gooi apart from the risk, which, as the idea of a fortified Factory An East India Company trading post. was in their
opinion absurd, they thought must be considerable—were likely more
iandersi than to counterbalance the better prices that might be obtained for
• tk | woollens at Bushehr, besides which the competition of the new settlement
i audtfe would injure Basrah; and they remarked particularly on an admission
any on 1 made by the Bombay Committee, that one-third of the woollens sold at
0 their pi; Basrah already found their way to Persia.
Mantel In the autumn of 1770 the general outlook was so peaceful that it Serious
(i W as reported from Basrah that two cruisers would be amply sufficient kharag and
f Masql | or the service of the Gulf: and friendly overtures for the settling of a oth ® r
MJ . . 0 on British
British Factory An East India Company trading post. at Rig were received from Husain Khan, the successor of and other
n, wticl Mahanna. But this favourable aspect of affairs was deceptive and ^ une
jdieneel 0 f s hort duration. On the 2^nd of June 1771 three Gallivats belonging
^ to Kharag took possession, off Kangun, of the Britannia, an English
krahb ^ Snow from Bombny, laden with Sugar, Iron, Spices, etc., belonging to
1 toretii "Mr. Shaw, and of a country Ketch from Gogo under English colours,
re-eskli "laden with Cotton and Gruff, besides a Botalla Ketch and Sundry boats
the igs from Muscat."" The news of this affairreached the Basrah Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. on
itterwi; the 9th of July; and, on the 12th, Commodore Ince was sent with the
cepMjt: u Resolution/'' Expedition " and " Dolphin ^ to obtain intelligence and
, thoserfili to deliver to the chief of Kharag a letter from the Agent demanding
iission, ff restitution. If this letter failed of its effect, the Commodore was to
go,wE recover the vessels taken and capture the piratical Gallivats, if possible;
otherwise he was to arrange for convoying British upward-bound vessels
able to i from Masqat to Basrah, and, if his doing so would serve any useful
that tlf purpose^ to watch the island of Kharag. At the time of Commodore
orthyi Ince's visits to Kharag and Rig, the latter of which was paid on the
jelfwas' 1 14th of July, the pirates had not yet returned home with their prizes ;
crowJ 1 and, after sending a Linguist on shore at Rig with the letter for Husain
jgpatct Khan and receiving a satisfactory answer to the same, he returned to
on to ^ Basrah on the 26th or 27th of July with the Expedition" and
.erebj F 1 Dolphin," having made no arrangements for the protection of British
gftisfe ^adeabove Masqat. On the 27th of July the Britannia" and the
ms witW ( ' 0 go Ketch arrived at Rig from Bahrain, where they had been detained
in the meanwhile by strong north-westers ; but the " Britannia"
grounded on a bank and ^vas seriously damaged by rough weather before

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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' [‎1805] (322/1262), 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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