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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎129] (272/1782)

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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expectations, it not his advice, for on the 10th of November 1752 a
Mynheer Scondeiwo.rt arrived from Batavia with a large European
vessel, several assistants and a military guard, and re -established the
Factory on its former footing. On the 23rd of April the grab
"Nancy," belonging to Dutch merchants at Surat, was totally wrecked
near Old Laft between Qishm Island and the main; and most of her
cargo was seized by 'Abdul Shaikh, the native ruler of Qishm.
At this juncture, under the advice of Baron Kniphausen,* a Prussian Occupation
gentleman who had served in the army of his own country and in that of
France and who was now in the employment of the Dutch East India th ^Dutch
Company, the policy of the Dutch 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. suddenly took a Kntpla^Ten"
new departure. The Baron, on his virtual expulsionf from Basrah, 1 - 753 -
where he was Resident, paid a visit to Kharag; finding the place suitable
for a commercial settlement he induced Mir Nasir, chief of Rig, to give
him a letter offering the island to the Dutch East India Company;
and, armed with this document, he proceeded on his way to Batavia,
where he succeeded in persuading the Dutch authorities that the
opportunity of occupying Kharag was one that ought to be embraced.
These events probably took place in 1752. On the 21st of
September 1753 a Dutch vessel, the "Fortune," anchored at Bandar
'Abbas to await B.iron Kniphausen, who was now expected from
Batavia ; another Dutch ship had passed up the Gulf in the preceding
month of June and hid not returned. On the 6th of October the Baron
himself arrived at Bandar 'Abbas in the " Getrouwt," a very large ship,
and remained there taiing in provisions unti Hhe 11th, when he sailed
* The chief authoritus in regard to Baron Kniphausen's life and character, to Lis
expulsion from Basrah ind to the Dutch settlement on Kharag are the following : a
letter from Mr. Wood, tie British Resident at Big, to the Agent and Council at
Bandar 'Abbas, dated 3rd May 1756 (No, LXXYI in Mr. J. A. Saldanha's Selections
from State Papers, Bcmlay) ; Ives's Journey from Persia to England, 1773,
pages 207-25 ; Niebuhr's de VArahie, 1774, pages 278-9. and Voyage en
Arabie, 1776, Vol. II, pages 149-66 ; Five Letters from a Free Merchant in Bengal,
1777, pages 146-52 j andThe Island of Khar ale or Charrack in the Asiatic Journal
for September 1838, pages 23-4. The anonymous writer of the last named article
seems to have confounded Kharag Island with the port of Charak in Shibkuh. Of
Kniphausen it may safely be said that he was able, versatile and energetic ; on the
other points of his chancter no decided opinion can be expressed, but it seems probabU
that he was a liar and a loose liver. The Free Merchant's estimate of the Baron is
vindictively depreciatory; that of Ives is friendly and favourable; the judicious
Niebuhr reserves his opinion, but is apparently not free from suspicions ; and the other
authorities are silent on the personal question.
1" The circumstances of his leaving Basrah are described in the History of Turkish
Iraq, see page 1^7,post,
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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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