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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1923] (440/1262)

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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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Mr. Lovett intended that the cost o£ the presents of Agha Eiza should
from a charge of 10 or 15 per cent, on the value of the goods
; which he proposed to allow as salvage. Shaikh Rahmah, on
being thus called to account by the Shir^z Government, asserted " the
right of every country to the property which might be shipwrecked
on its coasts/' and Agha Eiza unfortunately seemed inclined to agree
with liini; but suggested that an exception should be made in the present
instance on account of the political alliance between Britain and Persia.
In July 1804 Mr. Manesty, who, as we have seen before, took charge
of Bushehr on the departure of Mr. Lovett and then proceeded to Tehran
on a pretended mission from the Government of India, obtained a
Farman from the Shah to the Prince-Governor A Prince of the Royal line who also acted as Governor of a large Iranian province during the Qājār period (1794-1925). of Shiraz, ordering a
speedy settlement of the Nakhilu cases ; and soon afterwards it was
stated that one Zaki Khan had been ordered to take action against
Shaikh Kahmah, with the help of a tribe of Arabs who were at enmity
with the people of Nakhilu. Perhaps in consequence of this report
Rahmah, about the middle of 1804, abandoned Nakhilu alto-
and withdrew, accompanied by his family and about 700 depen
dents, to the island of Shaikh Shu'aib. Here he proceeded to form a
permanent settlement, built two towers for defence, and established
intimate relations with the Wahhabis j and , as he was supposed to com
mand the services of about 1,000 musketeers and was connected with the
Shaikhs of Charak, 'Asalu and Kangun upon the Persian side of the Gulf
and with those of Ras-al-Khaimah and Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. in Arabia, his
position appeared to be a strong one. A proposal was made by Captain
j|; Seton, the British Resident at Masqat, for an attack on him by the
y British, with two ships, and the Sultan of 'Oman conjointly ; but it was
lit ne ^ved by the Bombay Government, who were unwilling to make
ll war on their own account upon a Shaikh who was a subject of the Shah
of Persia.
At length the persistent representations of Lieutenant Bruce, the 1805.
Acting Resident at Bushehr, took effect, and Shaikh Nasir sailed
with a fleet for the island of Shaikh Shu'aib. The assistance of
the British cruiser " Mornington " was offered to the Shaikh by Captain
Seton, the Resident at Masqat, who was then engaged with Saiyid
J^dai of 'Oman in an expedition to Bandar 'Abbas and Qishm, noticed
aer on ; but it was refused ; and Shaikh Nasir's proceedings from
Une August 1805 were not such as to inspire any confidence in those
011 whose behalf he was employed, for it was reported that he only fired
eW ^ Uns eve ry day as a matter of form and went on shore at night to
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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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