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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1931] (448/1262)

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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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ed themselves under the protection 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. . The case of
Nakhilu was peculiar. On the death of Shaikh Rahmah, who was their
ruler at the time of the " Hector " and " Alert 31 cases in 1803-1805^ the
inhabitants became dependent on Shaikh ' Abdur Rahman of Naband, a
harbourer of pirates and himself a pirate; but, shortly before the British
expedition of 1809, he too died. The son of the late Shaikh Rahmah, into
^ose hands Nakhilu proper had passed, then connected himself for the sake
of security with a surviving brother of Shaikh ^ Abdur Rahman, who had no
dealings with 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. , and with Shaikh Jabarah of Kangun, who
was on good terms with the Sultan of 'Oman ; but at the time of the
British expedition, strangely enough, it was reported that Shaikh
Jabarah had been taken prisoner by the Shaikh of Nakhilu and that
efforts were being made, at the instance of the Sultan of 'Oman, to
procure his release.
In 1816 a serious and fortunately very unusual case occurred at
Shiraz, where Mr. J. Williams of the Bombay Civil Service was sub
jected to gross indignities. Mr. Williams, who was in bad health, had
gone to Shiraz in May 1816 for change of climate; he took with him
a letter of introduction from Mr. Bruce, the Resident at Bushehr; and
he was provided at Shiraz with a residence in one of the Farman-
Farma's gardens. On the 30th of August his room was invaded by
some hangers-on of the Shiraz Court, whose conduct became so
brutal that he was obliged to make his escape from a window by
means of a rope, not without danger to his life. On his complaining to
the Prince against the three chief offenders, a pretence was made of
disgracing two of them, and Mr. Williams was induced to declare him
self satisfied. But Mr. Bruce did not allow the matter to rest here; and
eventually the three individuals in question were severely bastinadoed in
the presence of Mr. R. Sharpe, Assistant-Surgeon of the Bushehr Resi-
dency^ who had been specially deputed to Shiraz to witnsss their punish
In 1814 a most discreditable act was committed by ^Abdullah-bin-
Ahmad, Shaikh of Charak. Instead of assisting the British ship
" Ahmad Shah, ^ which had grounded on an island * near his port and
Insult to Mr.
J. Williams
at Shiraz,
* In the records Chatak itself is spoken of as if it were an island. It seems just
that the whole story may refer to the island of Kharag, especially as in 1819
tiwe were complaints of the conduct of the Shaikh of Kharag, and his removal by the
Persians and the British expedition jointly was contemplated. But if not the island
in question must have been Qais.
Outrage com
mitted on the
British ship
" Ahmad
Shah " by
the Shaikh of
Charak, 1814.

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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' [‎1931] (448/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 8 December 2023]

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