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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1927] (444/1262)

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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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25 Europeans and four guns; and on the morning of the 7tli
fire was opened on the Bandar ^Abbas fort with telling effect from the
db, uQ un java" and from another 'Omani vessel anchored closer inshore,
fcilji The garrison soon offered to surrender in case they were not succoured
' within two days, but this proposal was rejected ; and on the evening of
in tk j;, 0 f June ; Lieutenant Gilmour having stationed the " Gunjava ^
and the other 'Omani vessel at opposite angles in order to obtain a cross
fire the defenders realised the hopelessness of their position and surren
dered at discretion. The Saiyid thus recovered the rented possessions of
his family in Persia; and he at once passed on, as related in another place,
to combined operations with Captain Seton against a Qasimi fleet at
The proceedings of Captain Seton at Bandar 'Abbas were not treated,
however, as a matter of indifference by the Prmce-Governor of Shiraz
when he came to learn of them. Lieutenant Bruce, the Acting British
Resident at Bushehr, to whom Captain Seton had referred in advance^
consulted Muhammad Nabi Khan, the Persian Envoy to India, as to the
propriety of the operations, and was informed in reply that the allegiance
of the Bani MVin and the Shaikhs of Lingeh and Shanas to the Persian
Government was in general precarious, and that there would probably be
no objection to their being punished by the British if they had deserved
it; but this answer was given on the supposition that it was only meant
to deal with pirates and not to interfere in other affairs. The matter
was not mentioned by Mr. Bruce to the Government of Shiraz at allj
for it was urgent, and he knew that an application to them would entail
teferences to Tehran and so probably occasion three or four months' delay;
Mr» Bruce's opinion—after the event—was that the British should not
take part in any hostile operations at places on the Persian coast, unless
at Nakhilu or Shaikh Shu'aib in connection with the " Hector v and
<l Alert " cases, and there only at the request of Shaikh N asir, lest the
impending mission of Muhammad Nabi Khan to India should be preven
ted ; but Captain Seton though he had asked for it, did not wait for
Mr. Bruce's opinion. Captain Seton's justification of his own measures
Was that Mulla Husain^ whom he had helped to eject from Bandar
, was father-in-law and cousin to Sultan-bin-Saqar, the chief of
piratical Qasimi tribe of the Arabian coast opposite, and that his
engaged in piracy along with those of 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. . In the
Ies ^lt) Lieutenant Bruce was instructed by 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.
assure the Shiraz Government that Captain Seton had been
^tiuctly ordered to avoid any act of which Persia could complain, an

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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' [‎1927] (444/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 21 July 2024]

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