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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1852] (369/1262)

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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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Affairs at
the coast,
Lease of
'Abbas and
to the Sultan
of 'Oman,
the death; at the end of April or beginning of May 1789, of t]
Shaikh Nasir (I) of Bushehr, who had then ruled the principality for some
40 years and had attained an age of over 80^ and the succession of his
won, whose name aiso was Nasir (II). *
In the winter of 1791-92, as we have already seen^ the country
about Kazaran^ Khisht and Bushehr became for a short time, after Ms
loss of Shiraz, the theatre of Lutf Mi Khan's activity; and it is
unnecessary to return here to the incidents of his sojourn in the
neighbourhood. By the beginning of June 1792, in consequence of the
defeat of Lutf ^.li Khan by Agha Muhammad Khan at Mayioor
Giraj, events at the coast had taken a turn unfavourable to the sup
porters of the Zand cau^e, but advantageous to the Shaikh of Bushehr,
who had in the beginning espoused the side of the rebel Haji Ibrahim,
Mihr Mi Khan of Big, being unable to take the field in consequence of
a severe wound which he had received in battle with Lutf Mi Khan's
enemies, submitted to a demand by Shaikh Nasir II that be should retire
to Ganaveh and hand over Big to a former governor whom Lutf M
Khan bad deposed. A little later the Shaikh of Bushehr endeavoured to
take the island of Kharag, which belonged to Mihr Mi Khan, by
means of a force of two or three hundred men supported by several
armed boats j but the Dutch fort by which Kharag was defended was
still strong, the commandant was a man of courage, and Mihr 'Ali
Khan found means to reinforce the garrison ; and for these reasons the
attack failed. Simultaneously an expedition was led by Shaikh Nasir in
person against Khisht, the residence and domain of Zal Khan, another
staunch partisan of Lutf Mi Khan, which was defended by a small M
This was the position of affairs at the end of May 1792 ; and Nasir
Khan seems to have remained at Khisht until the end of June, and then
to have gone home unsuccessful; but within a month after his return to
Bushehr, in consequence of the death of Mihr Mi Khan, Kharag passed
quietly into his possession. Shaikh Nasir had ere this time received
several summonses t ) attend the court of Agha Muhammad Khan at
Shiraz ; but he did not desire a closer acquaintance with the Qajar ; and
he was able, for a time at least, to evade compliance.
About this time Saiyid Sultan, the ruler of 'Oman, obtained a foot'
ing on the Persian Coast in virtue of a rev enue lease of Bandar ; Abbas,
*Intlie official letter announcing the change, the Dames of the old and^
Shaikhs seem to be given as " Nausir " and - Nassir " respectively, meaning P*
Nasir and ISasr (Ullah); but before this the name of the old Shaikh also had generally
been spelt " Nassir " or " Nassur," and it may be doubted whether there was tdl
any difterenoe between the names.
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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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1852] (369/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 1 December 2023]

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