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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1875] (392/1262)

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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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The Russians, after this event, recovered Ganjeh and gradually 1805—12.
strengthened their hold upon the greater part of the country in dispute.
At one time they seem to have suggested, as the basis of a treaty, the
cession to themselves of all the districts north of the Aras except Erivan;
but the proposal was rejected by the Persian monarch, who had not yet
reconciled his mind to the loss of any district hitherto held by Persia.
In 1808 -09, the Russians again besieged Erivan, under the command
of Godovitch, and again were obliged to relinquish the siege; this time
they fell back upon Ganjeh. In the summer of 1809 the Shah re-
mained encamped at Chaman Ujan, 30 miles south-east of Tabriz, in
somewhat dangerous proximity to the frontier, for the Persians never
had any reliable information of the movements of the R ussians. The
Persians after this pressed the war somewhat energetically for a time,
the Shah's eldest son, Muhammed ' Ali Mirza, ravaging the country
from Erivan to the Gokcheh Lake, while his brother ' Abbas Mirza,
the Crown Prince, almost succeeded in retaking Ganjeh with the help
of some of the Armenian inhabitants. The army of the former prince
was organised, trained and equipped on Persian, that of the latter, so
far as possible, on European principles. In the early spring of 1810
Baron Wrede visited the Crown Prince of Persia at Tabriz, to discuss
terms of peace with him, on the part of General Tormasoff, then com
manding in Georgia ; but nothing was arranged. At the beginning
of 1812 a Persian force commanded by Colonel D'Arcy, a British
officer in the Persian service, defeated a Russian force near Shisheh,
killing 300 of the enemy, taking 500 prisoners, and capturing 2 guns.
In the autumn of the same year, however, a terrible disaster befell the
army of the Crown Prince, who, after some abortive negotiations with
the Russians in which the British Ambassador to Persia had taken
part as an intermediary, was encamped in fancied security at Aslanduz
on the Persian bank of the Aras. On the 31st of October the Persians
were surprised in a disadvantageous position ; and on the 1st of Novem
W, notwithstanding gallant efforts by Captain Christie and Lieuten
ant Lindsay, two British officers employed with the Persian army, to
retrieve the day, 'Abbas Mirza's force was broken up and scattered.
The Prince then made the best of his way to Tabriz, saving only 2 out
^13 guns. Captain Christie was left wounded on the field and was
theie put to death under the orders of the Russian commander (who
ad been erroneously informed that no British officer would take part
n ^ ie war on ^he side of the Persians), perhaps because he refused to
surrender, but possibly with even slighter justification.
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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' [‎1875] (392/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 9 December 2023]

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