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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2133] (650/1262)

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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 it profited the Persian authorities little. A month later, Haidar
|[haii on being called upon to disgorge the amounts which he had been
enabled to collect, merely presented a pistol at the head of the Governor
of the Gulf Fort's representative, who thereupon returned, followed by the
Persian troops and guns, to Bushehr.
At the close of 1897 Haidar Khan was required to punish 'Ali
Khaiij who had made default in his fiscal obligations to the Persian
Government; and 'Ali Khan, not finding himself in a position to offer
resistance, took sanctuary at the Imamzadeh shrine in the middle of
the Bushehr Peninsula with a large number of followers. Numerous
violent crimes, among them murders, took place at the beginning of
1898 in the surrounding villages and were attributed, probably with
justice, to the refugee chief's dependents; and the situation at
Bushehr, of which the Persian military garrison had been depleted by
the despatch of 150 men to Persian Makran, began to give cause for
serious anxiety. After a time, perhaps in consequence of orders issued by
the Persian Government for a movement of troops from Shiraz, ^Ali
Khan fled from the Imamzadeh and returned to Tangistan.
The Persian force from Shiraz, which consisted of about 800 infantry
and was commanded by the Sa'id-us-Sultan, an officer on the staff
of the Farman Farma, then Governor General of Shiraz, presently invaded
Tangistan on pretence of punishing the Tangistanis for the outrages com
mitted by them near Bushehr. A field gun accompanied the expedition.
The district was ravaged, and a few men were taken and executed ; but
the guilt of these victims was doubtful, and it was stated that the real
offenders had escaped scot-free. On the other hand, the expedition was
believed to have been financially profitable to the Persian authorities; for
some revenue had been realised, and ransoms had been extorted from such
solvent individual as fell into the hands of the troops. At the conclu
sion of the operations the Said-us-Sultan, who had been appointed Gover
nor of the Gulf Ports, apparently recognised Haidar Khan as sole chief of
Tangistan ; and 'Ali Khan, fearing the consequences, at first fled to a
port further up the coast with the intention of embarking for Basrah.
Shortly, however, seeing that no attempt was made to arrest him, he
returned to his home in Tangistan.
In 1900, offences which the Persian authorities ascribed to Tangis
tanis having occurred on the Bushehr Peninsula, another Military
expedition was ordered ; and at the end of September the Darya Baigi,
Governor of the Gulf Ports, took the field with several hundred regular
Persian infantry, 3 or 4 guns, and a large force of armed levies. A few

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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' [‎2133] (650/1262), 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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