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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎99] (242/1782)

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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In 1751 anarchy prevailed, Persian merchants began to emigrate from
the country m large numbers, and trade came to a standstill. A Baluchi
raid occurred in the Shamll district. The Huvvalah * sent a fleet of a
dozen Trankis to Bandar 'Abbas, ostensibly to congratulate Mulla 'Ali
Shah, the Persian Admiral and Governor, on the marriage of his daughter,
but in reality to carry off his vessels ; and that astute individual, making a
virtue of a necessity, presented them with a ship and two gallivats, which
left him with only one ship in his possession.
At the beginning of 1752 Nasir Khan, chief of Lar, suddenly attacked
Bandar 'Abbas, captured Mulla 'Ali Shah with his family and his remain
ing ship, and plundered the wealthier inhabitants of the town, one of
whom died under torture. The Khan paid a friendly visit to the British
Factory, where he offered to appoint as governor of Bandar 'Abbas any
one whom the Agent might desire,— a suggestion which was evaded " as
genteely as possible,"—and received ]00 Tumans as a present from the
Factory. This did not prevent his extorting other 80 Tumans from the
Hindu merchants under British protection, but no protest was made on
this score as more than six times the amount had been taken from
che Dutch. Soon after the Khan's return to Lar, trouble arose between
him and 'Abdul Shaikh of Qishm in consequence of the sale of a Persian
ship by the latter to the Imam of 'Oman; the Khan at once sent to
Mr. "Wood, the British Agent, requiring him to recover the ship, which
bad not yet sailed; and that gentleman most reluctantly complied, des
patching the « Drake " and the " Rahmani" to Laft, by which means
the surrender of the disputed vessel was obtained without the firing of a
single shot. At the end of the year the Khan again visited Bandar
'Abbas in person with 2,000 Afghan and Persian soldiers and contracted
at the British Factory a debt of 99,935 Shahis, " in broadcloth, tabbies
and sattins ' probably " to make Apparel for his Families and Dependants,
"which they by no means could avoid supplying him with, as the hazard of
a refusal would have been far greater than that of trusting to his honesty
" m regard to payment." In discharge of this debt the Agent icceived, as
did also the Dutch Agent for purchases made at the Dutch Factory, a
parcel of bad bills ; and in the case of the British five unserviceable brass
guns were thrown in, which were consigned to Bombay as 997 maunds of
old copper. Before he left, the Khan re-appointed M la 'Ali Shah to the
governorship of Bandar 'Abbas, in subordination to himself. Some hopes
* Possibly those of Bahrain, but more probably {tbose of the Persian coast, who
were in the 18th century the main part of this so-called tribe. See Niebuhr's Descrip
tion de I Arahie, pages 271-272, in whose day most of the coast Arabs from Bandar
Albas to Rangun were considered to be Huwalah.
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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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