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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1843] (360/1262)

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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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The prince^ accompanied only by about a dozen grooms and other
servants^ then made for Bushehr^ where he hoped to receive help from
Shaikh Nasir; but in the plain of Kazaran his mortal foe, Riza Quli
Khan was waiting for him and barred the way. Lutf ''Ali Khan escaped
with difficulty from the plain into the south-eastern hills, abandoning a
number of valuable horses, but saving his own favourite charger
(< I[eraun ;j , and so descended by an unusual and toilsome route into
Dashtistan. Here he was promptly succoured by Zal Khan of Khisht,
a faithful adherent whom he had dismissed to his home from before the
walls of Shiraz. * Mir Mihr ' Ali, the chief of Rig, another devoted
follower and one who^ had not failed to warn Lutf ''Ali Khan of the
existence of the plot against him before it took effect, quickly joined
him; while a the old t cow" Shaikh Nasir, who now belonged—as we
have seen — to the opposite side, who had recently visited Shiraz, and
who at this point came out of Bushehr to take him prisoner, was fain to
beat a hasty retreat lest he should be captured himself. On the 2nd Nov
ember Lutf ; Ali Khan and his supporters broke up a hostile force of
Dashtistanis which had collected to attack them, and the Chief of Rig in
particular performed prodigies of skill and valour in " spitting, on his
spear, those pigs of fellows,"; but on the same day a retirement
was made to Khisht and preparations were begun for an attempt on
Shiraz. Riza Quli Khan, in the meanwhile^ had occupied and made
dispositions for holding the Tang-i-Turkan, a pass through which the
royalists would probably endeavour to force their passage in returning
On the evening of the 4th November Mr. Harford Jones ^ of the
Basrah Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. , who had had commercial relations with Lutf ; Ali Khan
not long before at Shiraz and was now returning to Basrah, had an inter
view with the prince in his simple tent at Khisht, and received from his
* Called in correspondence " Meer Ally'' and by Brydges " Mihr Aly" j probably
he had both the title "Mir'" and the name "Mihr
t "Old cow " was the epithet which Lutf ' Khan himself applied to Shaikh
Nasir, but he also quoted with approval a saying by another, that too much must not
0 ex P ec ^ e( l of Shaikh Nasir, he being " one of those animals whom God Almighty
aS ^^hed with very long ears and very little brains
t The events of this year in Persia are very fully described by Mr. Harford Jones,
Awards Sir H. J. Brydges, who was an eye-witness of them in so far as they
a^urred at the capital, in the introduction to his Dynasty of the Kajars. Mr. Jones
^ at Shiraz, where he was the guest of Mirza Muhammad Husain, the chief
visei of Lutf Ali Khan, early in 1791; the object of his journey was to arrange

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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' [‎1843] (360/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 30 November 2023]

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