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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1924] (441/1262)

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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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dine with Shaikh Eahmah. He succeeded^ however^ in obtaining the
surrender of a part of the plunder; and afterwards ; when Mr. Bruce
continued fco press for full satisfaction, he seized Shaikh Kahmah's son by
a stratagem and carried him off as a hostage to Masqat, with the result
that in the end substantial reparation was obtained in the case of tlie
" Hector/- A small quantity of the Shaikh^ booty was recovered by
Saiyid Badar at Hormuz and handed over by him to Captain Seton in
the course of their joint expedition above mentioned.
1806 ' I n ^806, in consequence of information that had reached them regard
ing the complicity of Shaikh Saif and Shaikh 'Abdur Rahman, already
referred to, the Government of Bombay From c. 1668-1858, the East India Company’s administration in the city of Bombay [Mumbai] and western India. From 1858-1947, a subdivision of the British Raj. It was responsible for British relations with the Gulf and Red Sea regions. laid an embargo on some vessels
belonging to their ports which happened to visit India, and before releasing
them obtained guarantees from third parties, valid for nine months, for
the submission of the Shaikhs to an enquiry. A protest was afterwards
made against the Bombay seizure by 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, who
stated that Shaikh Saif was one of the respectable chiefs who had been
employed by the Persian Government to coerce Shaikh Eahmah and
requested that he should not be proceeded against; and, as Mr. Bruce
also reported the evidence connecting the two Shaikhs with the outrages
to be insufficient, the claim against them was eventually dropped.
Fly," 0 1S03- A peculiar case of a different character was that of the " Ply/' a 14-
S* 1111 ki'ig belonging to the East India Company, which was captured
near Qais Island in 1803 by the French privateer "La Fortuneof 38
guns, commanded by Captain Surcouff. Before the Fly " was boarded,
her commander ran her aground and sank some Government despatches
and treasure, of which he was in charge, in fathoms of water, taking
marks for their future recovery. The officers, crew and passengers of
the Fly were conveyed by the French to Bushehr, where several
prizes taken by the French had been collected ; and they were there dis
charged with the exception of three officers who were sent to Mauritius
to be exchanged.
The party released at Bushehr, after buying a native vessel among
them, embarked for Bombay, touched at Qais, and recovered the Govern
ment despatches ; but in 1804, in the course of their onward voyage,
they were captured between Tunb and Musandam near the entrance of
the Gulf by Qasimi pirates, who carried them to Ras-al-Khaimah, as is
related m another chapter of this book. By undertaking to show their
captors where the treasure of the " Fly - lay, they at length obtained a
conditional promise of freedom and were taken back to Qais, where, hj

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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' [‎1924] (441/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 21 June 2024]

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