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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1810] (327/1262)

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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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Release of
Mr. Green,
Karim Khan at this time j and fresh reeraits, among whom the Shaikh*
of Charak was conspicuous, were constantly being added to the number
of the piratical Arab chieftains in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. ; while Shaikh Nasir
apparently, on his arrival at the coast, gave himself up entirely to the
task of arranging a settlement with the ruler of Masqat. In these
circumstances the Agent and Council, without obtaining the instructions
of their superiors at Bombay, endeavoured to put pressure on Karim Khan
by arranging for a boycott of his ports by all British vessels j and it is
clear that, but for strict injunetions by the Bombay Government against
bringing about an unauthorised rupture^ they would have proceeded to
make seizure of a large quantity of Persian property carried by a British
vessel, a The Four Friends.""
On the 17th August 1774 Shaikh Nasir returned to Bushehr from a
journey to the southward which he had undertaken in connection with
the Perso-'Omani difficulty, but which had not included as at first in
tended,—perhaps because it was known tbat the demand of 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
tribute would be regarded as merely insulting,—an interview with a
representative of the Imam at Khor Fakkan; and Messrs. Beaumont and
Green then reminded him of a promise that he had made of sending them
to Basrah immediately on his return. The Shaikh at first refused to
treat them otherwise than as prisoners^ alleging as the reason his fear oi
Karim Khan^s displeasure; but at length he decided to mahe them the
medium of overtures to the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. on his own behalf, and even to allow
Mr. Green to be the bearer of his proposals, in which capacity that gentle
man reached Basrah on the 19th of September following. The terms of
settlement suggested by the Shaikh were that, on condition of a European
gentleman or an Armenian merchant being posted provisionally to Bushehr
as Resident and the trade with that place re-opened, the " Tyger ,; and
her stores should be returned to the British, the Shaikh should undertake
the responsibility for any piracies that might be committed on them iQ
future by the Eig or Ganaveh fleets, and Mr. Beaumont should be set at
liberty. These conditions were declined by the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. , who had received
orders from Bombay not to enter into any arrangement " till the release
of Messrs. Beaumont and Green was absolutely effected but they were
confident that perseverance in that policy, to which and to the commercial
boycott of Bushehr they attributed the advances now made by N& sir
Khan, was the means most likely to procure with credit the enlargement
of Mr. Beaumont likewise and it was not, apparently, considered
necessary for Mr. Green to return into formal captivity at Bushehr.
* The Shaikh of Charak was hardly a new recruit, but there had been no
of his bebaviour since 1767.

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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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1810] (327/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 21 July 2024]

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