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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1851] (368/1262)

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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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prisoners on this occasion, bnfc were saved from death by the intervention
of the Bushehr Shaikh. On the 27th a partial surrender of the late Khan^s
followers took place; and on the 29th the whole proceedings concluded
w itli the submission of his lieutenant Hamad^ who delivered up the prin
cipal fort in Tangistan to Shaikh Nasir. The allied forces then dispersed
to their homes, and* Tangistan was left, for the time being, in the posses-
sioa of the Bushehr Shaikh. The chief credit for the overthrow of Baqir
Khan was considered to be due to the Arabs whose prompt invasion
of Tangistan had deranged his original schemes.
The conduct of Baqir Khan was strongly resented^ as we have
already seen, by the Persian Government; they immediately despatched
messengers to every district between Kangun and Bandar Abbas to
procure help for the allies ; and troops from Shiraz Would also have been
sent to the spot, had not the leaders of the expedition to Tangistan,
anticipating misbehaviour on their part, declined to receive any such
During the crisis the British Factory An East India Company trading post. at Basrah did everything in
their power to assist Mr. Beaumont, the Resident at Bushehr; they wrote
letters on his behalf to the Mir of Rig, to the Khan of Ganaveh, and to
Baqir Khan himself; and they sent an Armenian merchant to Kharag,
and a subordinate from their own staff to Bushehr, to render such
further services as might be feasible.
During the summer of 1780, Sadiq Khan's sovereignty of Persia
being then disputed by Ali Murad Khan, the districts of the Persian
Coast escaped from all control, and general confusion prevailed. In July
Shaikh Abdullah of Hormuz was at war with the people of Charak j
Shaikh Saqar of ^salu had lately burned a place, probably Tahiri, which
belonged to his enemies; and the Qawasim One of the ruling families of the United Arab Emirates; also used to refer to a confederation of seafaring Arabs led by the Qāsimī tribe from Ras al Khaima. of Ras-al-Khaimah, between
whom and the Imam of 'Oman hostilities prevailed, seem to have com
mitted depredations on the Bushehr fleet also, as there is mention in the
records of the time of a vessel, named the " Expedition,^ which they
declined to restore to the Shaikh. During this season the town of Rig
was accidentally destroyed by fire.
The visit of Lutf Ali Khan, the Zand prince, to Bushehr in the
s pnng of 1789, and his reception and the support which he obtained
there, have already been noticed in the foregoing section which deals
with the general history of Persia. Of greater local importance were
H apparently built a fort at Chaghadak in Tangistan and retained
184^ ' W ^ en, on defeat of the Dashtistank by Luft 'Ali Khan (see page
' an te), it was destroyed by the Tangistanis.
Attitnde of
the Shiraz
and action of
the British
Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. at
Coastal and
Death of
Shaikh Nftsir
I of
Bushehr and
succession of
Shaikh Nasir
II, 1789.

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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' [‎1851] (368/1262), 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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