'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915'  (169/1782)
The record is made up of 2 volumes (1624 pages). It was created in 1915. It was written in English. 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.
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Persian forces were miserably armed and equipped; they suffered severely
from want of water and provisions, due to inefficient arrangements; and
their commander was guilty of various breaches of faith towards the
English, especially in holding separate communication with the Portu-
n-uese, which cannot have conduced to the success of the joint operations.
On the 2nd of April two more mines were exploded by officers from the
English ships, but the Persians refused to attack the breaches thuB
opened; the garrison, however, were by this time in great distress.
On the 14th and 17th of April, fresh breaches having been effected by
means of mines, the besiegers made an assault in great force; but a mere
handful of Portuguese and negroes sufficed to repulse them to a barricade,
where the Persians "the whole day stood flocking together in the Sunne
" without either meat or drink, which was sufficient to have killed halfe
" of themAccording to Monox the Persian " Soldiers hang in a
" cluster upon the breach just as a swarme of Bees upon a tree or bush
" that want a Hive; or like a flocke of Sheepe at a gappe, where none is
" so bardie to enter, and the Portugals to put them out of that paine
" gleaneth away foure, five, sixe, sometimes more at a shot ^insomuch
" that I cannot but pittie them to see it. " On the 18th another assault
was made and failed; but on the 19th the Persians gained possession
of the whole enceinte, and the Portuguese retired into some of the inner
At last on the 21st of April, the Portuguese, thinking it unwise to
rely on Persian good faith and preferring to deal with Christians, made
overtures to the English, who undertook that their lives should be spared;
and a truce of two days was arranged through Monox and the captains of
the ships. On the 23rd of April the Portuguese* surrendered on condition
that they should be removed from the country j the same day they began
to march out, to the number of 2,600 persons, the English protecting
them to the best of their ability, but not with entire success, against
injury and insult by the Persians; and on the 27th they were despatched
in English vessels to Masqat. Meanwhile Saiyid Muhammad Shah, the
native ruler of Hormuz, had been taken by the Persians ; he was subse
quently deported to Shiraz, where he remained as a political detenu for
some years. A number of Indian traders also fell into their hands.
* Another account says the Capitulation was on the 22nd May, but is probably wrong.
According to the Portuguese authorities a surrender was first arranged by Luiz de Brito,
^vho commanded the fort, and Siioao de Mello, the Governor, then pretended to oppose
the idea hot afteiwarda incited the soldiers to mutiny and so capitulated. The same
authorities make the number of Portuguese who left Hormuz 2,000 of both sexes and
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Theses two volumes make up Volume I, Part IA and Part IB (Historical) (pages i-778 and 779-1624) of the Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , ’Omān and Central Arabia (Government of India: 1915), compiled by John Gordon Lorimer and completed for press by Captain L Birdwood.
Part 1A contains an 'Introduction' (pages i-iii) written by Birdwood in Simla, dated 10 October 1914. There is also a 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Tables' (page v-viii) and 'Detailed Table of Contents' (pages ix-cxxx), both of which cover all volumes and parts of the Gazetteer .
Parts IA and IB consist of nine chapters:
- 'Chapter I. General History of the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. Region' (Part IA, pages 1-396);
- 'Chapter II. History of the ’Omān Sultanate' (Part IA, pages 397-629);
- 'Chapter III. History of Trucial ’Omān' (Part IA, page 630-Part IB, page 786);
- 'Chapter IV. History of Qatar' (Part IB, pages 787-835);
- 'Chapter V. History of Bahrain' (Part IB, pages 836-946);
- 'Chapter VI. History of Hasa' (Part IB, pages 947-999);
- 'Chapter VII. History of Kuwait' (Part 1B, pages 1000-1050);
- 'Chapter VIII. History of Najd or Central Arabia' (Part 1B, pages 1051-1178);
- 'Chapter IX. History of Turkish ’Iraq' (Part 1B, pages 1179-1624).
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Volume I, Part I has been divided into two bound volumes (1A and 1B) for ease of binding. Part 1A contains an 'Introduction', 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Trees' and 'Detailed Table of Contents'. The content is arranged into nine chapters, with accompanying annexures, that relate to specific geographic regions in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. . The chapters are sub-divided into numbered periods according, for example, to 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 annexures focus on a specific place or historical event. Further subject headings also appear in the right and left margins of the page. Footnotes appear occasionally at the bottom of the page to provide further details and references.
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Foliation: 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. The sequence runs through parts IA and IB as follows:
- Volume I, Part IA: The sequence begins on the first folio with text, on number 1, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 456. Total number of folios: 456. Total number of folios including covers and flysheets: 460.
- Volume I, Part IB: The sequence begins on the first folio with text, on number 457, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 878. It should be noted that folio 488 is followed by folio 488A. Total number of folios: 423. Total number of folios including covers and flysheets: 427.
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