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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎142] (285/1782)

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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Unauthorised
British
expedition
against
Horumz
and loss of
the " Defi
ance,"
1767.
Ineffectual
British
attack on
Kharag,
1768.
Withdrawal
of the
British
Reaidenoy
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them the island of Kharag, if it were taken in the operations. Mir
Mahanna, it should be explained, had wrested Kharag from the Dutch
at the beginning of 1766, and the island was now his place of residence
instead of Rig. The agreement with Karim Khan contained other
clauses advantageous to the British besides those specified; hut it did not
remove certain difficulties in regard to trade of which the Company's
servants complained.
While these matters were under discussion it occurred to the Agent
and Council at Basrah that the services of the reiuforced, but still idle,
British armament in the Gulf might be turned to profitable account;
and a part of it was accordingly sent against the Shaikh of Hormuz in
connection with a piracy, accompanied by murder, which had been
committed on the British ship "Islamabad'' in 17G5, and in the
proceeds of which the Shaikh was said to have shared. This expedi
tion, notwithstanding the pretext alleged for it, little better than
a filibustering raid ; but it was stopped, before it reached its destination,
bj an accidental explosion on board the " Defiance/' the princ lal vessel
sent, by A\hich she was destroyed and almost all her crew, including
about 170 Europeans, were lost. The Agent and Council professed to
ha\e acted in this case in accordance with the wishes of Karim Khan,
but Mr. £>kipp denied that these had ever been ascertained ; and the
\akil, when the circumstances came to his knowledge, expressed his
displeasure at the attempted interference of the British with a Persian
vassal.
This contretemps did not prevent the British from making an attack,
under their agreement with Karim Khan, upon the island of Kharag;
but the operations, which lasted from the 20th to the 29th of May 1768,
were indifferently conducted ; and, after a serious accident to a watering
party, they were ignominiously abandoned. In August following,
Karim Khan ^as prepared to make an effort in conjunction with the
British against Mir Mahanna ; but the Agent and Council at Basrah
at this point, summarily broke off' negotiations with him, and recalled
Mr Skipp fiom Shiraz. Meanwhile Mir Mahanna, who— though a noted
pirate had hitherto respected British vessels, withdrew the exception
that he had been accustomed to make in their favour, and the Speed-
^ ell, a trading ^ essel, was captured by some of his subjects.
A. the beginning of 1/69 a revolution took place on Kharag, by
which Mil Mahanna was deprived of his chiefship and driven into exile;
and the Agent and Council at Basrah, who were anxious to prevent thfl

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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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