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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2072] (589/1262)

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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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Persian artillerymen; but the attempt to communicate with tlie town
was not renewed.
About 8 a.m . next morning fire was opened by the steam frigate
a Ajdaha the steam sloops " Berenice ^ and a Victoria and the sloop
" Falkland ^ on a redoubt and trenches a mile and-a-hal£ south of the
town^ where the Persians were preparing to oppose the British advance
bv land. After an hour's naval bombardment^ which did little damage
on account of the greatness of the range, the enemy ; seeing the EritisH
military force approaching, quitted the position and retired into the
town with their artillery; and General Stalker, when he reached the
spot with his troops, passed it without encountering resistance. When
the redoubt and trenches were abandoned a flag of truce was sent off
from the town to Sir H. Leeke, with a request for an armistice of 24
hours to allow of terms being proposed ; but the request was refused on
the ground of the firing upon the " Assyria ^ on the previous day.
A bombardment of the defences of the town from the sea was then
undertaken, the " Semiramis ^ and " Ferooz bearing the brunt of the
action, which was at first well sustained on the part of the Persian
artillery ; and in three hours two batteries without the town, a masked
battery below the Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. flag staff outside the walls, and a tower oa
the north-west angle of the fort were silenced with but little injury
however to the works containing them, and a breach in the south -west
angle of the town wall had been commenced.
Shortly after noon, on the arrival of the British land forces near the
walls, the Persian flagstaff in the town was lowered in sign of surrender,
after a little hesitation the Persian Governor and the Persian Mili^ ar y
Commandant, Sarhang Mehtar Khan, came out and gave up their
swords; and some 1,500 or 2,000 men, all that remained of the Persian
garrison, many of whom had escaped across the creek to the mainland
while others had been drowned in trying to do so, grounded their arms
in front of the British line. The town was occupied, the British colouis
being hoisted on the Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. flagstaff at 4-30 p.m.
There were no British casualties at the capture of Bushehr; hut
some of the vessels of the Indian Navy engaged were damaged in u J
masts and rigging. After occupation the Persian flag was obtained as a
^ The action of the fleet seems to have been premature, if not actually eonti^y ^
arrangement, in the opinion of the military, who also deplored the failure of the na^
authorities to arrange for preventing the escape of the Persian garrison across ^
creek at the back of the town to the mainland; but the reasons of the Rear A
for the couse which he followed ate not on record.

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2072] (589/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 28 November 2023]

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