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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2152] (669/1262)

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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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the deceased Khan, having been appointed by the Shah to succeed hi m
m the government of Hormuz, at once invaded the territory of Jastt
but he was beaten and forced to retire with the loss of many men'
n afterwards, however, he succeeded in capturing the chief of Jashkai
sea on his way to Makran, and brought him back a prisoner to Bandar
Abbas. But the matter did not end here, for, while the Khan was
spending the summer in the mountains inland of the Shamil district,
the chief's wife surprised his camp one night with a body of horse and
released her husband, besides billing the Khan himself and a number of
his men. A third brother of the same family then became governor
of Hormuz and attempted, with a large force drawn partly from har,
Kirman and even Shlraz, to avenge his predecessor; but the chief of
Jashk, assisted by his two "idolatrous" neighbours on the east, once
more defeated the Persians in a pitched battle. The second in command
of the Jashk forces, described as an "Indian" and therefore probably a
Baluchi, was however captured by the Khan and brought to Bandar
'Abbas, where he was shamefully tortured until "the chief of the
^ Holland Company and other strange merchants, abhorring so much
cruelty, begg d of the Kan to surcease his rigour, who readily granted
"them their request.' ,, '
BalQeir i n - The behaviour of the inhabitants of Makran during the reign of
Persian 10m Shal1 , Husain > that is from 1694 to 1723, is described by Captain
Krmsn, etc" ( Hamllton, a con temporary writer The lowest of the four classes into which East India Company civil servants were divided. A Writer’s duties originally consisted mostly of copying documents and book-keeping. , in these words : " The whole reign
1694.1722. '' of the last s ophi, or King, was managed by such Vermin, that the
''Ballowches and Mackrans, who inhabit the Sea-coast from Cape
^Jasques to Indus, observing the weakness of the Government, threw
''off the Yoke of Obedience first, and, in full Bodies, fell in upon their
^ nei g'bbours m Carmania, who were thriftier and richer than the mari-
" time Freebooters, and plundered their Fellow Subjects of what they had
^ got by.their painful Industry. There was no Want of Kemonstrance
^ and Petitions put into the Court to put a stop to those Enormities,
but no Redress could be had." As shown in the general history of the
Gulf, Baluchis of Makran, encouraged apparently by the Afghan invasion
of Persia, made an incursion into Lar in 1721 and even attacked the
British and Dutch Factories at Bandar 'Abbas.
In 1738 or 1789, apparently in the course of his invasion of India,
Nadir Shah sent orders to Muhammad Tswp Khan, governor of Shiraz,
to take command of some troops that had been prepared for service it-
man and to advance with them by land into Sind, sending his artillerv
by sea. In 1739 Muhammad Taqi Khan wrote to Sind reporting thai
Persian ex
pedition to

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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' [‎2152] (669/1262), 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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