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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2028] (545/1262)

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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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and 26th Native Infantry were transferred to the 1st Division, wHeli
was left, under the command of General Jacob^ in occupation of Busheh
and Kharag and consisted of the following units : the 3rd Light Cavalry,
Sind Irregular Horse, Poona Irregular Horse, and Aden Troop,* forming
a cavalry brigade under Brigadier Steuart; the 4th Troop of Horse
Artillery, 3rd, 5th and 8th t Ligh Field Batteries, and 3rd Company of the
2nd and 4th Company of the 4th Artillery Battalion, commanded asau
artillery brigade by Jjieutenant-Colonel Trevelyan, with two companies
of Sappers and Miners; the 20th and ^6th Native Infantry, making one
infantry brigade under Colonel Macan ; and the 4th Native Infantry,
23id Native Light Infantry and 2nd Baluch Battalion making another
under Colonel Honner. On the 23rd May the strength of the Bushehr
force was approximately 7,000 men, of all arms, the European troops
(except some artillery) having by then left for India. The troop of Horse
Artillery and two batteries were afterwards sent away, and other reduc
tions also must have been effected, for on the 17th June, the day of Sir
J. Outram s own departure for Karachi, the Bushehr force consisted,
excluding officers but including the garrison on Kharag, of 1,200 cavaby,
278 artillery, 3,739 infantry, and 214 Sappers and Miners,—in all 5,431
fighting men of whom only 202 (artillery) were Europeans. The sick in
hospital numbered 534, or about 10 percent, of the whole, but their
ailments were mostly trifling. On the departure of Sir J. Outram the
political as well as military charge devolved on General Jacob.
The military results of the war, notwithstanding its short duration,
were perfectly conclusive. Nowhere had the Persian forces, though
fighting in every case on ground chosen by themselves and with a great
numerical superiority on their side, shown any ability to withstand a
British attack; and it is probable, besides, that after the capture and
destruction of the Persian magazines at Bushehr, Chah Kutah, Burazjan
and Muhammareh, little war material remained in the country, the
Persian armies of Ears and Arabistan being thereafter certainly reduced,
as regards ammunition, to the supply that they happened to be carrying
with them in the field. The excellent conduct of the British troops in camp
and on the march enhanced the political values of their victories; Sii'
J. Outram observed, in his order breaking up the Field Force, that
scarcely one instance of misconduct on the part of any individual^ had
been brought to his notice during the whole campaign, and the Govern -
ment of India thought themselves justified m remarking, in a notifica*
* When the Aden Troop arrived in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , or when it left, is not clear.
t The 8th Light Field Battery had only just arrived from India bj sailing ships.

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2028] (545/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 1 December 2023]

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