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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎103] (246/1782)

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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Prom the Agent and Council at Gombroon to the President and Govemor in
Council, Bombay.
Hon'ble Sir and Sirs,
This address your Honour, etc., will receive vi& Muscat, and is to give you the
disagreeable news of ithe French having taken the Hon'ble Company's Factory ;
they came into the road on the 12th in the evening with four ships under Dutch
Colours, oue of which wa3 a vessel of sixty-four guns, one of twenty-two guns, with
the Mary belonging to Chellaby and the Mamoody belonging to Mahomet Soffy.
On the 13th, early in the morning, they landed to the westward of the Factory with
two mortars and four pieces of cannon, and began to batter ; we, on our parts, did
what the few number of Europeans we had would admit of.* As to the Topasse*
and seepoys, few of them would stand to the guns. About 11 o'clock, being high
water, their ship of twenty-two guns hauled within about one quarter of a mile of
the Factory and began to play on us ; at the same time they ashore played on us
with their mortars and guns from the westward.
At about half an hour past three in the afternoon a summons was sent from
the Freuch Camp, upon which the Agent called a Council of War consisting of
himself, William Nash, Lieutenants Bembou {sic) and Evans and Ensign Johnson,
wherein the strength of the House was considered, with the people we had to defend
it, and our being sure of having no succour from Moolah Ally Shaw. Th? Military
Gentleman were of unanimous opinion that the house was not tenable, upon which
it was unanimously agreed to make the best terms we could ; and that night the same
was agreed on as per copy of the capitulation herewith enclosed, but sorry we are
to remark the same has not been observed in the manner we might have expected
from Europeans. They have gone so far as to take away a few liquors we had for
our use and many other things, unnecessary at present to trouble your Honour, etc.,
with ; to be brief they comply with the articles just as they like.
The French are at present embarking the old copper and unloading the Mamoodie,
whose caigoe consisting of Dates they have given to Moolah Ally Shaw, who supplies
them with every thing in his power ; at present, by what we can perceive, their stay
here will be no longer than needs must, ahd will go to some Port in India.
The French had on shore, when they took possession of the Factory, according
to the bast accounts we could take, about four hundred and fifty Europeans and one
hundred and fifty Coffrees; they had brought Bamboes with them and made scalling
ladders, and were determined to have scaled the House on the 13th at night.
On the 12th we had intelligence of the French having been at Muscat and
were bound further up the Gulph, upon which Lieutenant Bembou was ordered to
carry the "Speedwell" to Loft, but before he could ^et under weigh the French
appeared, and prevented his complying with orders ; which being perceived, he was
told to run the ship ashore, but being pursued very close by the twenty-two gun ship,
and tiie Tide flowing and having two sails set, she floated ; and the B rench sent
people and took possession of her, so they have now five ships.
On the 12th, while the French ships were standing into the Road, Moolah Ally
Shaw came to the Factory and gave the Agent all imaginable assuiauces of his
affording us assistance, and that if the French attempted to land he would do what
was in his power to prevent it ; but, on his being sent to in the morning and
* According to Low, Indian Navy, 1. 152, the garrison of the factory consisted
of 16 seamen and some sepoys.

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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)

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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎103] (246/1782), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/1, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 17 January 2019]

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