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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1849] (366/1262)

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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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^iththe Shaikh of Bushehr, Baqir Khan, at this point, decided to evacuate
his conquest. As a preliminary to doing so, he seized upon some boats
and despatched in them; to a place upon the coast of his own district, the
plunder of the Shaikhs of Bushehr, of which the value was estimated at
3 to 4 lakhs One lakh is equal to one hundred thousand rupees of rupees Indian silver coin also widely used in the Persian Gulf. ; from the other principal residents, it is said, he
had taken nothing. At length, at sunrise on the 11th of July, to the
inexpressible joy of the inhabitants^ he quietly left for Tangistan
with all his people.
The injury caused by this invasion was less than might have been
supposed. Arrears of customs to the amount of 30,000 or 40,000 rupees Indian silver coin also widely used in the Persian Gulf.
had; indeed, been collected from the merchants of the town, who had also
found it expedient to propitiate Baqir Khan with gifts; and presents to
the value of Es. 3,789, which appeared to be expected; had been provided
for him and for his principal men by the British Resident; but apart
from these, from the spoliation of the Shaikhs and of some other Arabs,
from the burning of a number of huts at the beginning of the occupa
tion, and from the looting of a few shops on the day of the retirement,
there were no losses.
The evacuation of Bushehr by the Tangistanis did not, however, bring Counter-
the disturbances to an end; for the people of the adjacent districts, Xa^gistan^by
especially those of Arab race, and chiefs whose own position resembled that a confedera-
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of the Shaikh of Bushehr, were resolved on punishing Baqir Khan and his August^Vo
tribesmen for their wanton attempt to upset the established order of
things. Before Baqir Khan had left Bushehr even, Arab bands were
over-running his district of Tangistan, where they pillaged and laid waste
villages and committed all sorts of atrocities upon his subjects, " sparing
neither sex nor age/'' On the 12th of July two Gallivats from Big, and
on the 15th one from Ganaveh, arrived at Bushehr to take part in the
intended operations against Baqir Khan ; and on the latter date. Shaikh
Nasir not having as yet returned home, his brother Shaikh Sa ; dun was
persuaded to place himself at the head of the retaliatory expedition.
This body, which was composed chiefly of the warriors of Dashtistan,
but which included also contingents from Ganaveh and Big, was already
encamped near the village of Tangistan in the district of the same
name; and by the middle of July it had attained a strength of about
MOO men. On the 31st of July Shaikh Nasir arrived at Bushehr,
^companied by the two Gallivats that had sailed on the 2nd to meet
^ and by the two Rig Gallivats and the Ganaveh Gallivat, which had
0 owed for the same purpose upon the 26th ; with him came also 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' [‎1849] (366/1262), 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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