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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1910] (427/1262)

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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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who was murdered at Bukhara in 1842 ; and Colonel D^Arcy Todd^ who
took charge of the Persian artillery.
Affairs of the Persian Coast and Islands, 1797-1834.
Our narrative of events under the rule of Fat-h ^Ali Shah has borne,
up to this point, little reference to the local affairs of the Persian
Coast; but a detached account of the latter^ apart from the history of
Persia as a whole^ would have been unintelligible and might have been
misleading. The general view which we have taken enables us to treat
the occurrences of the Persian Coast with a proper appreciation of their
importance or unimportance.
Two revolutions^ of which the nature is obscure^ took place at
Bushehr during the year 1798. In April a force commanded by
Husain Quli Khan, Governor of Fars, who was then in rebellion against
his brother the Shah^ advanced against the town; and Shaikh Nasir,
after some feeble dispositions for resistance, fled and was supplanted in
the chiefship by his nephew Shaikh Ghanim, who seems to have been a
partisan of Husain Quli Khan.
About the middle of September Shaikh Nasir suddenly reappeared
at Bushehr with an ''Atbi fleet, probably that of Bahrain_, and blockaded
the port: on the way there he had re-established, with the help of the
Utub, his authority over the island of Kharag. He was preceded at
Bushehr by a land force, under a Persian officer and his own brother
Muhammad^ which had beeii sent to co-operate with him. A five days'
siege of Bushehr ensued during which the inhabitants were reduced to
drinking " water little better than the sea.■ ,, On the evening of the
/JUth September a sortie was attempted by Shaikh Ghanim, who had
shown considerable spirit in the defence of the place; butitfaM
and the party making it were pursued up to the gates by the enemy,
who entered the town along with them. Panic then seized the garrison,
aiid Shaikh Ghanim, after a vain effort to rally his men, took flight. The
successful paity continued plundering the town until daylight. The
naval part of Shaikh Nasir's force in this affiair was commanded by a
Shaikh named Salim, but whether this Shaikh belonged to the Busli elir
family or was one of the chiefs of Bahrain is not clear. The success
of Shaikh Nasir was ascribed to his a paternal influence/''

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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' [‎1910] (427/1262), 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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