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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2074] (591/1262)

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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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Native Infantry, 4tli Eifles, and 2nd Balucbis, totalling 2^022
in all 4 ; 653 men, exclusive of the artillery. The Garrison left behind at
Bushehr for the protection of the camp comprised 378 European Infantry,
1,466 Indian infantry, and one company of European artillery with 14
guns, besides details from the ships.
The column marched all night and on the morning of the 4th reached
Chah Kutah, 26 miles distant, where 30,000 lbs. of the enemy ; s powder
had been destroyed by a cavalry force from Bushehr on the 1st January
1857. In the evening it advanced another 14 miles and then bivouacked
for the night in thunder, hail, rain, and a cutting wind, against which no
shelter was available. The march was resumed next morning, the 5tli
and shortly after mid-day Burazjan was occupied without opposition, the
bulk of the Persian army having withdrawn towards Daliki. Possession
was taken of the entrenched camp of the enemy, which had been very
hastily abandoned; and the 6th and 7th were passed in collecting great
quantities of stores which the Persians had left behind. These included
thousands of rounds of gun ammunition, hundreds of thousands of musket
cartridges, and 10,000 lbs. of gunpowder, besides other military requisites
and some tons of grain j and it was estimated that the explosives destroyed
by mines before leaving amounted to 40,000 lbs. There were also tents
and camp equipage, but most of these had already been plundered by
the villagers.
It was decided, after a reconnaissance not to follow up the enemy,
who had retired with their guns to strong positions in the hills.
March from ^he return march to Bushehr was begcun on the evening* of the 7th
.Kurazjaii to t D
Khushab, 7th February. About midnight the rearguard was attacked; and soon
toSth Febru- afterwards the column, annoyed on all sides by Persian horse and
skirmishers, was halted for the night in a defensive formation, the
troops facing outward on every side and the baggage and camp
folllowers being in the centre. These dispositions were hardly completed
when the enemy opened fire with 4 or 5 heavy guns ; the British
artillery replied; and a desultory cannonade continued with little effect^
until dawn.
Battle of As day broke on the 8th of February the Persians were discovei^
February' ^ P os iti on north-east, on the left rear of the British
The Persian right rested on the village of Khushab, which the Bri^
column had passed shortly before halting, and the strength of the enemy
seemed to be 6,000 or 7,000 men, including considerable bodies of
tribal horse which were posted on the flanks, the Persian position ^ aS
reconnoitred by Captain Graves of the 3rd Light Cavalry, who r 0 ^ e
along the enemy's entire front, at a distance of 200 yards from un ^ el

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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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