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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1978] (495/1262)

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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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o£ Bushehr
by Mirza
Abbas and
Mirza A sad
df Mirza
A sad Ullah
by Mirza
Husain and
usurpation of
Bushehr by
and intrigues
of Shaikh
island of Karrak from Shaikh Nasir remains to be seen, but I am
inclined to think that the present authorities of Ears have neither the
means nor the energy required for the success of an effort of this descrip-
The Shaikhs place at Bushehr was taken by Mirza Abbas^ who
appears to have been a nominee of the Persian authorities, not a member
of the Shaikhs family and Mirza Abbas was very soon relieved by
another Persian official, Mirza Asad Ullah, who distinguished himself
chiefly by his anti-British tendencies.
Shaikh Nasir lived quietly on Kharag until early in 1839, when, as
will be seen later, he was expelled by the officer commanding a British
garrison that had been established there i in consequence of difficulties
with Persia^ only a few days after his own arrival on the island k
Mirza A-sad Ullal^ who had in the meantime become involved in
serious difficulties with the British, received notice on the 8th June 1839
of his supersession by Mirza Muhammad Husain, a nephew of the Wazir Minister.
of the Governor-General of Fars. Only three days previously he had
been invested with a robe of honour from the Shah^ as had also Baqii'
Khan, "Military Commandant of Bushehr^ and Chief of Tangistan.
Mirza Asad Ullah retired to a place in the neighbourhood to await the
result of a memorial got up in his favour by the chief Mulla and
merchants of Bushehr, while Baqir Khan temporarily carried on the
administration of the town,
Mirza Muhammad Husain duly arrived and assumed the government]
but he was quickly expelled, in August 1839, by Shaikh Husain, the
Uncle of Shaikh Nasir, assisted by Baqir Khan. It seemed that Shaikh
Husain aimed at possessing Bushehr himself in opposition to Shaikh
Nasir, and that the object of his ally, Baqir Khan, was to render affairs
at Bushehr so embroiled that the Persian Government would in the end
be obliged to confer it on himself as the only local chief possessing
sufficient power to maintain order*
Shaikh Husain must soon, in his turn, have been ejected from the
Government; for towards the end of 1840 he was at Behbehan, enlisting
the support of Mirza Koma, the ruler of that place, with a view to an
attack on Bushehr. The British authorities on Kharag allowed an agent
sent by Mirza Koma to remove from the island some rusty cannon which
were shown to be the Shaikh's own property; but the general feeling at
Bushehr was unfavourable to Shaikh Husain's restoration. Mi^a
Koma then prudently abandoned the enterprise, in which he had
only with the idea of obtaining Bushehr for himself.

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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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