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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2073] (590/1262)

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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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hv and possession was taken of 65 guns found in the place^ besides
Jar e quantities of ammunition and other military stores. The Persian
Governor and Commandant, together with Mirza Muhammad Kiza ; the
Karguzar or Foreign Office Agent of the Persian Government, were sent
on boardship for removal to India; but the ordinary Persian prisoners,
after being detained for the night, were set at liberty next morning.
The British camp was formed about a mile south of the town near the British
Persian redoubt, the 14-gun sloop "Olive," a small steamer, and some " e r „t 8 g ®' fter
boats with 24-pounder howitzers being placed in the creek behind the the occa-
town to cover one flank, while the other next the sea was protected by
the "Victoria" and "Ferooz." The camp was surrounded by an
entrenchment consisting of a simple ditch three feet deep and six feet
w ide ; with a parapet formed of the earth thrown out; there were flanking
batteries at the corners and other salient points ; and the only outpost was
a cavalry picket two miles to the southward.
Sir H. Leeke left Bushehr for Bombay in the " Assaye " on the 16th Dispersal of
December; but in passing down the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , he received informa- fo^nea 1 !-
tion at Lingeh that a Persian force of 3,000 men, commanded by Mustafa 19t ^
Quli Khan, Amir-i-Panj, and destined for Bushehr or possibly for an ecem e1 '
attack on Basidu, was in the neighbourhood. On the 19th December he
found it encamped on the coast, about ^00 yards from the beach, and
opened fire on it at a range of about 1,200 yards. The Persians at first
replied with their artillery, but after 35 minutes they retreated in great
confusion, leaving their guns, tents, and wounded behind, and pursued
inland by shells from the " Assaye."
A few days after assuming command of the British Field Force, Sir Expedition
J. Outram resolved on an expedition from Bushehr to upset a formid-
t . i . -i , 3rd to 5th
able concentration of the enemy which was taking place under tne February
Shuja^ul-Mulk at Burazjan. This Persian Commander was reported to 1857.
have already about 8,500 cavalry and infantry at his disposal, with 17
guns and a mortar, while 1^ infantry regiments and 35 guns were
believed to be on the way from Tehran to join him, and it was understood
that tribal levies to the number of 4,000 men could be collected by him
at 24 hours 5 notice.
The arrival of the 1st Brigade of the 2nd Division from India having
rendered action possible, on the evening of the 3rd February a force of all
arms marched from Bushehr under Sir J. Outram^s personal command :
it consisted of the 3rd Light Cavalry and Poona Horse, mustering 419
sabres; of the 3rd Troop of Horse Artillery and 3rd and 5th Light
WdBatteries, each of six guns; of the 64th Foot, 78th Highlanders,
aud 2nd Europeans, making 2,212 Europeans; of Sappers, 20th and 26th

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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' [‎2073] (590/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 13 July 2024]

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