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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1847] (364/1262)

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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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ev • but Lis return by sea from the direction of Masqat was expec
ted within a few days, and two vessels had actually been got ready to
meet his ship and convoy it up the Gulf.
Qn the evening of the 29thL June, Hamad, the blind commander of 29th June.
Baqir Khan^s troops in Tangistan, set out from home at the head of two
or three hundred men in the direction of Rig ; but.his real objective,
under orders received from his master, was Bushehr.
On the same night, or very early the next morning, finding the wall 29th—30th
across the isthmus left, by unusual negligence, nnwatched and even un- #JUne,
guarded, he entered Bushehr, A conflagration was immediately kindled,
by which before daylight a thousand huts had been reduced to ashes;
and ; partly through the alarm and confusion caused by this fire and
partly through the supineness of the ruling family, the Tangistanis
obtained complete possession of Bushehr, with a loss of not more than
fifteen men killed upon either side. Shaikh 'Ali and most of Shaikh
Ifasir's near relations busied themselves in saving their families and
property, with which they embarked on vessels in the harbour, taking
away some 300 men who might otherwise have been employed in defend
ing the town; and Shaikh Sa^dun, the brother of Shaikh Nasir, " kept
"close in his house, not daring to stir out though supported by near 200
men armed with musquets, when 50 brave fellows led on by a man of
"courage might have recovered the place. " The weakness of the enemy
was not discovered until it was too late, and then it was " impossible to
describe the consternation of everybody on finding their conquerors
so few."
Contrary to the general expectation, no outrages against person or SOtli Junes,
property were committed by the Tangistani force; but at midday on
the 30th of June Shaikh SaMun left his house, under intimidation,
and placed himself in the power of Hamad, with whom he agreed that
a truce should be observed by both sides until Baqir Khan arrived.
" This shameful treaty was no sooner concluded and Shaik Sadoon's
" person secured than a party of Arabs appeared to the assistance of
"Bushire, who killed 4 or 5 Tankseer * people they met with at the
ff watering place giving their horses water, which making free with, and
" learning that the town was eventually lost, they departed, not however
" without execrating Shaik Sadoon for his pusillanimity. "
On the 1st of July Baqir Khan arrived on the scene from Rig with ^
a Allowing of about 200 men and assumed the government of Bushehr
* That is, Tangistanis;

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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' [‎1847] (364/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 6 December 2023]

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