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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2027] (544/1262)

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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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but they prohibited their subjects from taking part in the war, and they
even exacted security not to cross the frontier into Persia from those of
them who were engaged to drive the animals purchased by the British
Government to Basrah. This last precaution, however, was stated by
Eashid Pasha An Ottoman title used after the names of certain provincial governors, high-ranking officials and military commanders. himself to be merely a pro forma proceeding, of which the
real object was to prevent the men employed with the animals from
passing as an organised body into the British service. Numerous
bashi -bazouks appeared who presented certificates of having been
employed with British officers in the Crimean War, but it does not
appear that their services were accepted.
The dissolution of the British Field Force in Persia was Undertaken Bissola-^
by Sir J. Outram irrespective of the outbreak of the Indian Mutiny, Field Force,
news of which did not reach him till the 7th of June or about a month
afterwards, when he was at Baghdad. He was probably to some extent
aware of the critical state of affairs in India, for on the 27th April he
had referred to a the mutinous spirit so extensively displayed in the
Bengal army ^ and had remarked that, " as at present constituted, the
Bengal Army never can be depended on j" but he seems at first to have
been under the impression that troops which he was being urged to
send back to India were required for service not there but in China.
Although his instructions from England did not authorise him to reduce
the force in Persia until the Treaty of Peace concluded had been ratified
by the Shah, he decided to send away^a portion of it without waiting for
official information of that event, which, however, almost immediately
reached him. A Field Force order, dated Muhammareh, the 9th May
1857, directed that the following troops should be held in readiness to
embark for India:* H. M/s 14th Dragoons, the Srd Troop of
Horse Artillery, the 2nd Light Field Battery, and the reserve Companies
of Artillery, H. M/s 4th Regiment of Foot, H. M/s 78th High
landers, the 2nd European Light Infantry, the Light Battalion, and
the Madras Sappers and Miners. On the 17th May the evacuation of
Muhammareh by the Second Division was completed, the sloop of war
" Clivealone remaining to prevent the re-Occupation of the place by
the Persians, and General Havelock and his staff sailed for India, where
one t of the officers of the party on board wrote, " a new field for
adventure, though a melancholy one for military distinction, opened out
to the comrade regiments in Persia/ 5 The 28rd Native Light Infantry
# As a matter of fact this regiment had already sailed on and before the 3rd May*
t Captain G. H. Hunt :—see his Outram and Eaveloch's Persian Campaign, page

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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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