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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1938] (455/1262)

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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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of his own assertions, they had decided to treat as the owner. On the
29th May 1820, or a few days after the Shah's refusal at Tehran, the
Mercury" arrived at Ras-al-Khaimah from Masqat bringing the
written permission of Saiyid Sa'id for the location of the British troops
on Qishm, and an open letter from him to the Shaikh or Governor of the
island in which that authority was directed to assist them with boat
transport and supplies. In a letter addressed to the Governor of Bombay
the Saiyid remarked ;—
With regard to the observations made by you, connected with the removal of the
troops from Eas-ul-Khima to Kishm, God knows that the island in question and all
other territories appertaining to me, and subject to my authority, appertain also to
the Hon'ble Company, and that I do not reckon these dominions as appertaining
to me, but as appertaining to the Hon'ble Company.
The British " detachmentas after this (notwithstanding its
strength) it was generally styled, disembarked at Qishm town on the
20th July 1820.
Removal of Only a few days after the landing at Qishm, Captain Thompson
the British recommen( Jed the removal of the detachment to Dairistan on the southern
aetacnment ^ # ,
from Qishm coast of the island opposite to Hanjam, a place which he depicted as a
healthier than Qishm town and more conveniently situated for watching the
Pirate Coast on the other side of the Gulf ; and he at once took steps,
in anticipation of sanction, to provide hospital and other accommodation at
Dairistan. His recommendations were accepted by the Bombay Govern
ment without hesitation, and were carried into effect. In October 18^0
preparations were already in progress for the relief of the Indian battalion
on Qishm by another, 800 strong, from Bombay. The facts seem to
point to tie prevalence of sickness among the troops in garrison.
Two or three months after the transfer of the Ras-al-Khaimah
Persian Gov- g arr i son ^i^ 111 tad been actually carried out, the Governor of Bombay
ernmenfc in wrote to Sir H. Willock at Tehran suggesting that he should not renew
BntisVoccu- the discussion with the Persians regarding the status of Qishm, and that;
potion of^ ^ if the Persians on their part should come forward with proofs of owner-
21, m ' ship, he should endeavour to gain time by referring their arguments to
Bombay. A short interval, he thought, would be enough to convince the
Shah of the good effects of the British occupation and bring him to consent
to its continuance, even in the event of his sovereignty being satisfactorily
established. In December 1820, however, some of the principal
officers of the Government of Fars reached Tehran, having been sent thero
by the Farman-Parma for the purpose of reporting the British occupatio 11
town to
with the

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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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