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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎27] (170/1782)

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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^ No orderly division of the spoil of Hornmz, as contemplated in the
^ -f fiiiv; Anglo-Persian agreement^ ever took place ; but on the contrary there was
mication^.; indiscriminate pillage by the allies, beginning on the 24th of April, in
which the Persians were supposed to have secured the lion's share of he
plunder. The number of captured guns assigned to the English was appa
rently 165 ; but their value was estimated at only one-third of those
retained by the Persians.
Simao de Mello was subsequently sentenced to death by the courts
of his own nation for the loss of Hormuz; but, as he had escaped to
a foreign country, the punishment was inflicted on him in effigy only.
Ruy Freire was exonerated from blame for the surrender of Qishm
chiefly, it would seem, because his services were required j his name was
a terror to the Arabs.
The participation of the English in the attack upon Hormuz was
evidently irregular from an international point of view,* for England
and Spain were at peace when it was made. Complaints were addressed
by the Spanish to the English Crown, and at first hopes of redress
were held out by King James; and it even seemed possible that the
Company's action might be repudiated, and their servants treated as
pirates, by the English Government. The Company, however, resolved
" to stand on their innocency," and various grounds of defence were
suggested by Monox, who had meanwhile returned to England in
the " Lion/ , —principally " His Majesty's commission to defend and
offend, " the aggressions of the Portuguese on English commerce in the
Gulf, and compulsion by the Shah, who had not hesitated to place an
embargo on English trade in Persia. In the end satisfaction was refused
to the King of Spain; but the Companyj probably in consideration of
the behaviour of their representatives being condoned, were obliged to
pay £10,000 to King James and the same to the Duke of Buckingham
as Lord High Admiral. As the English share of the spoil of Hormuz,
apart from what may have been secreted and carried off by individuals,
was estimated at £20,000 to £25,000 only, it appears that the expedition
lifi: against Hormuz, of which the expenses were no dotibt considerable, must
j) [jjii:' have resulted, in the first instance, in financial loss to the company. But,
v; on the other hand, the position of the Portuguese 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.
had been totally destroyed by the fall of Hormuz, while the English had
obtained a free port, and one more convenient than J ashk, for the prose
cution of their trade. The Shah, moreover, now confirmed the Farman
* Equally so, however, was the Portuguese attack on Shillinge's fleet at J ftshk in
1620.
Immediate
reBults of the
capture of
Hormuz,

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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:

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2 volumes (1624 pages)
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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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