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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1935] (452/1262)

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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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Gulf before giving an answer; and in October 1820 the Bombay Govern
ment thought it expedient to withdraw their offer. The hesitation of
the Shah seems to have proceeded from an unfounded suspicion on his
part that the cession of an island in the Gulf would be demanded by the
British as the price of their good offices.
In the early morning of the 18th March 1820 the a Ariel, "—an
armed brig of 160 tons, belonging to the East India Company, which
had taken part in the operations against Ras-al-Khaimah,—suddenly
foundered in a squall about 13 miles to the south-east of Kharag
Island. Of 83 persons on board at the time of the catastrophe, only five
or six succeeded in reaching Kharag on a canoe which was kept by the
officers for duck-shooting, the principal of these being Mr. J. Glen,
the Surgeon. The few survivors were kindly received, entertained, and
forwarded to Bushehr by the Shaikh of Kharag, who afterwards received
a gratuity of Es. 500 from the British Resident in acknowledgment
of his humane conduct.
After the conclusion of the British expedition of 1819-20, the Gov
ernment of Fars and the Persian Government made repeated complaints
to the Bombay Government and to the British Charge d^Aaffairs at
Tehran against Mr. Bruce, the Resident at Bushehr, and pressed strongly
for his recall. The most important charge against him was one of
having interfered in Bahrain to effect a reconciliation between the Shaikh
and the Sultan of ? Oman, and of having thus frustrated the policy of
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 Fars at the very moment when the Sultan of
; 0man was about to take part with him in a joint invasion of Bahrain.
It was added, in one of the quaintly worded accusations, that Mr.
Bruce had also " stipulated for the motion of a standard on that island/*
by which the hoisting of the British flag seemed to be meant. To these
allegations Mr. Bruce was able to reply that the Sultan of ; Oman had in
deed come to a settlement with the Shaikh of Bahrain prior to the depar
ture of the British armament from the Gulf, but that he personally had
bad nothing to do with it, being fully occupied on his single visit to
Bahrain during the expedition in obtaining the surrender of some piratical
vessels; and that the British flag, as was well known, had never been
hoisted there. A second charge referred to the alleged loss, in a storm,
^ U Lingeh boats which had been seized by Captain Loch of
H.M.S. " Eden " on suspicion of piracy shortly before the expedition,
Mid a third to the destruction by the British of some native vessels
^barak, possibly in connection with the " Ahmad Shah" case :
111 both of these instances, it was apparently contended, the proceedings
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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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