'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915'  (327/1782)
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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marine, 1 ,000 European troops, comprising the 65th and part of the
47th Foot and some artillery, and an equal strength of native sepoys.
The first point of attack was the Qasimi capital of Ras -al-Khaimah
which was bombarded on the 12th November 1809 and captured the
next day by house to house fighting with little logs, some thirty large
war vessels being afterwards destroyed in the harbour. On the Uth, in
consequence of an alarm that a force of Wahhabis, with whom the
commanders of the British expedition had been cautioned against coming
into conflict, was approaching, the troops were hurriedly re-embarked,
and the enemy, whose spirit was still unbroken, defiantly re-occupied the
A visit was then paid to Lingeh on the Persian Coast, where some
piratical Arab war vessels were destroyed, after which operations were
undertaken against the fort of Laft on the island of Qishm and resulted
in its evacuation by the enemy. The fighting at Laft was the most
severe in the course of the campaign and involved a loss to the British
of 11 killed and 55 wounded.
In January 1810 Colonel Smith at the instance of the Saiyid of
'^nian, the restoration of whose authority at certain places where it had
been overthrown was one of the secondary objects of the expedition, made
a successful attack, with the help of an ; Omani contingent, upon the
port of Shinas, which was desperately defended by a strong garrison in
the Wahhabi interest. The Saiyid did not venture to re-occupy the
position thus recovered; and, on the withdrawal of the British and
himself on board ship at the conclusion of the operations, a Wahhabi
geneial from Baraimi fell upon and routed some of his forces which
remained on shore. How Colonel Smith justified his direct action in
this instance against the VV ahhabis, which was contrary to his general
instructions, is not clear: possibly the prohibition applied only to that
part of his duty which was connected with the Qawasim and with
After the Shinas affair the British armament revisited both the
Pirate Coast and the Persian littoral, and some vessels were found and
destroyed at Rams; but the fleets of 'Ajman and Sharjah eluded
discovery, except four vessels belonging to the latter which were detected
and burned at Mughu. The ports of Mughu, Nakhilu, Charak, Kunj
and Band Mu ; allim on the Persian side, which all belonged to the
guilty or suspected class, were apparently found empty of large
Part of the expedition returned to India in February 1810, imme
diately on the conclusion of these proceedings; and the remainder left
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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:
- 'Chapter I. General History 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. Region' (Part IA, pages 1-396);
- 'Chapter II. History of the ’Omān Sultanate' (Part IA, pages 397-629);
- 'Chapter III. History of Trucial ’Omān' (Part IA, page 630-Part IB, page 786);
- 'Chapter IV. History of Qatar' (Part IB, pages 787-835);
- 'Chapter V. History of Bahrain' (Part IB, pages 836-946);
- 'Chapter VI. History of Hasa' (Part IB, pages 947-999);
- 'Chapter VII. History of Kuwait' (Part 1B, pages 1000-1050);
- 'Chapter VIII. History of Najd or Central Arabia' (Part 1B, pages 1051-1178);
- 'Chapter IX. History of Turkish ’Iraq' (Part 1B, pages 1179-1624).
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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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