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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1921] (438/1262)

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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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Tlie Factory An East India Company trading post. servants were robbed of even the shirts on their backs,, and
the Resident found it necessary to supply them with clothes and provi
sions besides which Shaikh Ghanim, who was expelled,, left Bushehr
owing him 300 piastres.* Mr. Smith requested that in the circumstances
his losses might be made good to him by his employers; and he took the
opportunity to repeat a request, which he had made before, for a reinforce
ment of his sepoy Term used in English to refer to an Indian infantryman. Carries some derogatory connotations as sometimes used as a means of othering and emphasising race, colour, origins, or rank. guard.
The relations of Mehdi ^Ali Khan, the British Resident, with Shaikh
Nasir II, of Bushehr were of a very friendly character. So much so was
this the case that in March 1801 Shaikh Nasir, who was then in India,
wrote a letter to Mehdi ''Ali Khan, begging him to superintend the
government of Bushehr and to regard Nasir's brother Muhammad as his
son, and Nasir's son Haji Sulaiman as his servant.
Two troublesome cases arose through the shipwreck of British vessels
in the summer of 1803 upon the coast of Persia.
The first mishap befell the " Hector, " which, while on her way from
Bombay to Bushehr and Basrah carrying 850 bales of the East
India Company's goods, ran aground in the month of May off the
port of Nakhilu. The captain having signalled for assistance by firing
guns, Shaikh Rahmah, the chief of NakhTlu, came off with a large
number of boats, ejected the officers and crew, and himself took possession
of the vessel with all that she contained. The officers and crew subse
quently reached Masqat in safety, and thence returned to India.
In August of the same year the East India Company^s packet vessel
"Alertwas driven ashore in bad weather upon the island of Shaikh
Shu'aib near Nakhilu, whereupon about 500 of the islanders came down
to the shore and plundered her of treasure which she was conveying on
from Basrah and Bushehr to Bombay. The remonstrances of the
, who referred to the friendship existing between the Governments
of Britain and Persia, were altogether unheeded. On the third day
Shaikh Rahmah himself visited the wreck and took away whatever of
value remained on board, leaving only two bags of rice as a provision
for 30 or 40 people. Some despatches also were carried away, but of
these a ff Europe packet " was afterwards returned open.
The total amount of the loss in the two cases is not stated, nor is
^ fate of the vessels themselves clear ; but it seems probable that, of
the latter, one was destroyed by the sea and the other appropriated by
Shaikh Rahmah. The plundered merchandise was quickly distributed in
various directions. Shaikh Rahmah soon afterwards visited Masqat in
*See footnote on page 152 post.
Relations of
Mehdi 'Ali
Khan with
Shaikh Nasir.
Cases of
" Hector"
and " Alert"
at Na^hilu,

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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' [‎1921] (438/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 6 December 2023]

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