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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1848] (365/1262)

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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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2nd J uly.
i^iffioultieg of
Baqir Khhn
and evacua
tion by him
9tli to 11th
J aly 1779.
in a manner that was almost apologetic, for he explained that only the neces
sity of providing himself with a stronghold in which he might he sate
from the enmity of Sadiq Khan had compelled him to act as he had done
and he promised to rule with strict moderation and justice. His later
policy, equally, was a mixture of conciliation and force : on the one hand
he persuaded the Muhammadan, the Armenian, and even the Hindu
mercantile communities to petition separately for his recognition by Akl
Fat-h Khan, the titular sovereign of Persia; and, on the other, he proceeded
to improve the defences of the town against external attack, and to guard
against insurrection within the walls by depriving the citizens of their
weapons. The conduct of Baqir Khan in seizings Bushehr, it may he
remarked, was the more reprehensible in that he had, before the death of
Karim Khan, undertaken to provide for the safety of the place during
the absence of Shaikh Nasir.
On the 2nd of July the two Gallivats which had been prepared left
for the southward in search of Shaikh Nasir j and on the next day a numher
of poor families were expelled from the town to make room for a numher
of Tangistani immigrants, some of the better class among whom were
armed. Ou the 5th of the month an officer of the Mir of Rig, who had
come to request that the family of a deceased relation of the Shaikh of
Bushehr should be handed over to his master, left for Rig after success*
fully discharging his commission; but before his departure he visited
Mr. Beaumont, the British Resident, and assured him that the Mir, so
far from having instigated the seizure of Bushehr by Baqir Khan, his late
guest, highly disapproved of the usurpation and would probably arrive
before long with his own people and those of Ganaveh to help in bringing
to an end. By this officer Mr. Beaumont despatched a letter to the
British Factory An East India Company trading post. at Basrah, in which he informed them of the crisis at
Bushehr and of his own disagreeable situation. During the next three
days nothing of importance happened.
On the 9th of July Baqir Khan received, with reference to his overtures,
an unfavourable reply from Abul Fat-h Khan, by whose Farman he was
directed to restore to the inhabitants of Bushehr everything that he
had taken from them, to deliver up the town to Shaikh SaMun, and to repair
at once in person to Shlraz to answer for his late conduct. As prepara
tions were already being made by neighbouring chiefs for an attack on
him by sea and land, as it now seemed not unlikely that their efforts
mi ftt e /u e T nded ^ the Government of Shiraz, and as, moreover, it was
probabe that he would be deserted by his own followers, whose family
111 JanglSten tod begU11 to suffer by the attacks of Arab symj

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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' [‎1848] (365/1262), 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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