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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1844] (361/1262)

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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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lips a graphic account of his late adventures, In response to a request
for his opinion Mr. Jones suggested that Lutf ''Ali Khan should
seize Bushehr, establish himself there, and open communication witli
the Government of India ; and he promised personally to accompany and
assist any agent whom the prince might depute to India, to realise
money by the sale of jewels and to obtain ammunition and military
stores with the proceeds. The same evening Mr. Jones left for Rig;
and, though for some months afterwards he maintained a correspondence
with Lutf ^Ali Khan, he never again saw him.
A few days after this interview Lutf ^Ali Khan, who was always in
favour of immediate action and apparently rejected the scheme proposed
by Mr. J ones as involving too much delay, marched for Shiraz with sucli
a force as his local supporters^had in a few days been able to raise; and
on his way he inflicted one, if not two, crushing defeats upon Kiza Quli
Khan of Kazaran, whom he captured and deprived of sight, recovering
at the same time the horses that he had lost in his flight. Meanwhile
Kaji Ibrahim, conscious of the insecurity of his position at Shiraz, had
opened communication with Agha Muhammad Khan, the Qajar chief,
who at once appointed him Governor on his behalf of Fars, the Kuhgalu
country, Laristan and the coast of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , and ordered Mustafa
Khan, one of the Qajar leaders, to comply with all his requisitions.
Lutf Ali Khan, as he approached Shiraz, repelled with loss to the enemy
a night attack upon his camp, and, after capturing a convoy of grain
intended for the city, frustrated a determined effort by Mustafa Khan
to iccover it. He then settled down to a blockade of the town and
for the purchase of two valuable diamonds which Lutf 'Ali Khan, it was believed,
wished to sell ; but, though negotiations continued into the summer, the business
wa«i not carried through. The values of the two principal gems, the Darya-i-Nur''
and the " Taj-i-Mah", were estimated by Mr. Jones at about £300,000 and £100 ,000
respectively ; and twelve other diamonds which were set along with them appeared
to him to be^worth about £500,000 in the aggregate. After the revolution Mr. Jones
had some difficulty in obtaining permission to leave Shiraz, as it was feared by R'W
Ibrahim that he might assist Lutf 'Ali Khan, who was still at large, to raise funds
for continuing the struggle by the ^ale of jewels. At his departure Mr. Jones
undertook to remove with him, for sale in India, a valuable library belonging to bil
host Mirza Muhammad Husain; but the owner, fortunately for himself, changed
his, and was able afterwards [to escape loss of life or of sight by delivering
up the books when they were demanded of him by Agha Muhammad Khan. Mr. Jones
eventually left Shiraz for Rig on the 1st November 179^; and on bis way to the
coast he waited fat KMsht upon Lutf 'Ali Khan, for whom be entertained respect
and even personal friendship ; jthis waa the occasion of the interview mentioned in the

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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' [‎1844] (361/1262), 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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