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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1925] (442/1262)

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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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means o£ pearl divers, the genuineness of their offer was quickly asoer-
tained. After performing their part of the contract they were landed by
tbe Arabs on the island ; and there they hid themselves; and subsisted
fith difficulty, during a massaore of the inhabitants by the Qawasim One of the ruling families of the United Arab Emirates; also used to refer to a confederation of seafaring Arabs led by the Qāsimī tribe from Ras al Khaima. .
When the pirates at length went away, they prepared a boat and a
raft on which they set out to cross to the mainland ; but the boat was
lost on the passage with all on board of her, and only the raft reached
the Persian shore. The survivors made their way along the coast as far
as the island of Shaikh Shu'aib, suffering extraordinary privations and
abandoning as they proceeded; one after another of their number; until
at length none of the Indian sailors, sepoys 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. or servants; belonging to the
party remained; and only a few of the Europeans. The chief of Shaikh
SWaib received them most inhospitably, but he was at length prevailed
on by threats to send them in a boat to Bushehr.
One of the party died while being carried on board the boat, others on
the voyage; and another on arrival at Bushehr; and in the end; out of
a numerous company only Mr. Jowl or Yowl; a ship^s officer, and Pennel,
a seaman; survived. These eventually reached Bombay with the " FlyV
despatches, which they had carefully preserved.
In 1805 Captain Seton; the Resident at Masqat; was* instructed to
make on effort to trace some native members of the party who had been
left at Shaikh Shu^aib on board a native boat bound for Masqat, but it
is not known whether or not he was successful in his quest.
In 1805; as related elsewhere. Captain Seton, the British Resident at T
Masqat, accompanied Saiyid Badar, the ruler of ; Oman, on an expedition tan of'Oman
to the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. . The object of the Resident, under i;he orders of
Government, was the suppression of the Qasimi pirates of Ras-al- Resident at
Khaimah; whose depredations had now become excessive, with the jjandar t0
lielp of the Saiyid ; whereas the motive of the Saiyid seems to have been 'Abbas, 1805,
chiefly the recovery of the leased territory of Bandar ^ Abbas and its
dependencies from the Bani Ma J in, a local tribe, by whom it had been
usurped on the death of his predecessor. Captain Seton-'s reason for
complying with a request by Saiyid Badar for his company in the
Mornington" at Bandar 'Abbas seems to have been a fear lest the
Sultan, if he were alone, might be induced to make common cause with
* The inaction of the Bushehr Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. in this case seems peculiar. But 1804
iiitoh* 6 ^ eal ^ ■^ r ' ^^tt f 0 !! sick, in which Mr. Mauesty improperly stepped
^ 0 18 ^ ae0 ail d went to masquerade as an Envoy at Shiraz, and in which Lieutenant
want of judgment afterwards made him notorious, was appointed

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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' [‎1925] (442/1262), 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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