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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎139] (282/1782)

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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saw clearly that without the aid of a naval power it would be difficult to
bring the tribes ot the Persian Coast into thorough subjection ; and he
theiefoie granted them, almost with alacrity, various commercial privi
leges in Persia and permission to open a Factory at Bushehr, which they
desired. He took advantage of the opportunity afforded by this grant in
1768 to intimate that he would be glad to pay for the services of British
ships in helping him to reduce Mir Mahanna of Rig, a predatory chief
on the coast to the north of Bushehr, who would not submit to his
authority ; and in 1764 he made a distinct request for the co-operation
of one oi two British \essels agaiust the same rebel, at the same time
offering to subsidise one or two British cruisers for permanent police
duty in the Gulf, and even volunteering to hand the town of Hig over
to the East India Company. The Government of Bombay do not seem
to have regarded these proposals as in the least attractive; but they
authorised the occasional loan of the services of a British vessel to
the Vakil, provided that it were so managed as to be advantage
ous to the Company and not to upset the general arrangements for
trade.
In 1765 Karim Khan, who was still engaged in consolidating the Persian
kingdom by incorporating its more loosely attached dependencies, marched
in person against the Ka'ab tribe of 'Arabistan, in subduing whom the
Turks had promised him their assistance ; and about the same time he
asked that British ships might be sent to support, along with the
Bushehr fleet, some operations that his general Amir Kuhneh Khan was
about to undertake against Mir Mahanna b}- land. The Vakil's applica
tion was addressed to Mr. Jervis.. the British Resident at Bushehr, by
whom it was forwarded to Basrah with a suggestion that the " Tartar/'
then at Basrah, might be lent under the authority already granted bv the
Bombay Government. Mr. Wrench, the Agent at Basrah, and his
Council complied with Mr. Jervis's request; but, whether from jealousy
of him or for other reasons, they did so most reluctantly ; and, in their
unwillingness to act as required upon this occasion, there may perhaps be
traced the first germs of a prejudice against Karim Khan that afterwards
caused much mischief. Various attacks upon the island of Khargu, to which
Mir Mahanna retired directly that danger began to threaten him at
Rig, and upon his fleet, were made by the " Tartar " and the Bushehr
vessels during the month of June 1765 ; but the crews of the Persian
vessels showed extreme caution, or even cowardice. The " Tartar " alone
was unable to carry the matter through, and in July the expedition against
Mir Mahanna was abandoned. Meanwhile Karim Khan had destroyed
for naval
assistance,
1763-64.
Unsuccessful
Anglo-
Persian attack
upon Mir
Mabanna of
Rig., 1765.

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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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