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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1808] (325/1262)

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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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Visit of the
Basrah Agent
to Bandar
Abbas, De
cember 1773.
Visit of the
Basvah Ageht
to Bushehr,
nearer than prudence will allow^ and he thinks their intention is to
attack him." According to information which reached the Agent at
Masqat on his return to the Grulf in November 1773, Karim Khan Lad
taken a part of the valuables found on board the <l Tyger " for himseli
and caused a part to be given to the captors a reward, had directed
the commanders of the Gallivats to prosecute hostilities against the
British, and had ordered the conversion of the "Tyger" into a Gallivat;
but this report, which was not corroborated by Karim Khan's subsequent
attitude, may not have been entirely correct. Messrs. Beaumont and
Grreen themselves wrote from ShTraz that they had applied to 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.
for their liberty and had received a temporising reply ; but they were silent
in regard to the nature of their treatment. This, however, was after
wards ascertained to have been good after reaching Shiraz, where they
were allowed seven rupees Indian silver coin also widely used in the Persian Gulf. (then worth seventeen shillings and sixpence)
a day for their expenses, had a house of their own and full liberty to
walk about as they pleased, and were treated with kindness and respect
by the inhabitants. The only thing taken from them was Mr. Green's
watch, which Karim Khan kept for himself.
The returning Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. Staff, on their way up the Gulf in December j
1773, visited Bandar ■'Abbas and Bushehr. Shaikh Mahmud, the
Governor of Bandar ^Abbas, was absent on a visit to Shiraz; but an ex
change of amenities took place between the Agent and the Shaikh^ son,
the latter even going so far as to offer the former Dutch Factory An East India Company trading post. to the
British in case they wished to settle again at Bandar ^Abbas. Fronj
this place a letter, written by Mr. Latouche under Mr. Moore's orders and
containing a message for 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. , was despatched to the address of j
Messrs. Beaumont and Green.
On arrival at Bushehr, a few days later, a letter from the Governor
of Bombay to Karim Khan was handed to Shaikh Nasir for transmission;
but, as no competent Persian writer The lowest of the four classes into which East India Company civil servants were divided. A Writer’s duties originally consisted mostly of copying documents and book-keeping. could be obtained on the spot, it had 1
to be sent without a covering communication from the Agent,—" an
omission for which the Shaikh was asked to make the proper apologies
While Mr. Abraham went on shore to arrange this business, a Persian
merchant named *S.gha Kachik, the factotum of the Shaikh BusheM
remained on board the " Revenge, 3: where he purchased a large quantify
of sugar on behalf of his employer, himself, and others. At the time ^
this visit to Bushehr, the captured British vessel Tyger, " along wM
the Rig fleet and three Gallivats and an old ship belonging to Bushehr,
was lying near Kangun in readiness to proceed on a cruise against the
*Q,uaere, Agha Kuchik?

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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' [‎1808] (325/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 1 December 2023]

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