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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1944] (461/1262)

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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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the quarrel. It was rumoured at the same time that the Shah had
demanded I^000 Tumans of annual rent from the Sultan of ^Onian for
Bandar ^ Abb as and its dependencies (along with Qishm) in place oftlie
4,000 hitherto paid, that Persian troops were being assembled at Bandar
^Abbas, and that the Sultan of ''Oman was daily expected at Qisbn.
The whole crisis was somewhat sudden, for Sir H. Willcock, who up to
the 21st of March had expected no serious difficulty, demanded his
passports upon the 29th; and the situation, as viewed from India,
appeared so grave that the Bombay Government, who considered that
Qishm could not for the present be abandoned without loss of credit,
authorised a number of naval and military precautions. These included
the despatch of 400 Europeans and an officer of Engineers for the pur
pose of rendering Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneths position at Basidu more
In June, however, before the steps ordered had ^actually been taken,
news of the amicable adjustment of the differences between the Shah and
the British representative reached Bombay, whereupon the orders for
strengthening Basidu were cancelled and the preparations for evacuating
it were resumed. It was too late to recall the despatches informing the
British Charge d ; Affaires in Persia of the intended reinforcement of the
Basidu garrison and other measures ; but a candid explanation of the
circumstances by Major G. Willock, the Secretary in Charge of the
British Mission at Tehran, after receipt of the despatches, was accepted
by the Persian ministers in the spirit in which it was given. No actual
steps were taken at Basidu, and no further reference to the subject
became necessary.
The exact date of the ultimate evacuation of Basidu does not appear,
but references in official correspondence show that it must have taken pla ce
between the 20th November 1822 and the 12th January 1823. It seems
to have been carried out by Lieutenant-Colonel Kennett, who had com
manded there for some time, with the assistance of Lieutenant Macleod,
the officer who had just been appointed, in circumstances presently to he
described, to succeed Lieutenant Bruce as Kesident at Bushehr. Rahmah-
bin-Jabir, the celebrated pirate of Qatar, was said to have given lively
expression to his joy on hearing of the removal of the British detach
ment ; but the new Resident was hopeful that a squadron of cruisers, which
the Bombay Government had arranged to substitute for the military P 08 ^
on Qishm, would prove no less efficacious for maintaining the tranquil*
lity of the Gulf. The retirement from Qishm was made in communic^*
tion with the Sultan of 'Oman, under whose authority the island had

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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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