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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎201] (344/1782)

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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A small but serious and unnecessary war ,vhicli took place in 1820- Two British
21 served to illustrate one of the dangers attendant on the presence of a a'ain!"the
moveable British force in the Gulf under the orders of a political officer 1 ^ tni Bu ' Ali
with large discretionary powers. The Bani Bu 'Ali of the Ja'alan 'Om^n 0f ^
district in 'Oman, who were at the time in rebellion against the Sultan,
having murdered a messenger sent by Captain Thompson, the British
political representative and military commander on Qishm, to interview
them in regard to a case of piracy, that officer was induced to make
common cause with Saiyid Sa'id, and joined him, with a force of about
400 Indian sepoys, in an attack upon the Bani Bu 'Ali capital, situated
in the interior behind the port of Sur. The result was a grave disaster
in which the small British force was practically destroyed, along with
its oiiicers, and the Sultan's levies were either dispersed or cut up, and
from which Captain Thompson himself and Saiyid Sa'id were fortunate
in escaping with their lives.
The Government of Bombay, as soon as they became aware of the
facts, removed Captain Thompson from his appointment; but at the same
time, thinking it necessary to vindicate the military reputation of
Britain in 'Oman, they despatched an expedition to Sur under
General L. Smith, who had had previous experience of Arab warfare at
Bas-al-Khaimah in 1809-10. The military force, which consisted of
about 1,300 Europeans, drawn from the Bombay Artillery, His Majesty's
65th Foot, and the Bombay European Regiment, and of over 1,500
native sepoys, arrived in "Oman at the end of January 1 821 and advanced
in February on the head-quarters of the Bani Bu 'Ali, where, on the 2nd
March, a bloody engagement was fought upon the very scene of the
previous encounter. The British casualties in killed and wounded were
nearly 200, but the loss of the enemy amounted to considerably more
than that number in killed alone; and the result was the complete
submission of the tribe, a number of whom were temporarily deported to
India.
While the British were thus engaged, in the lower 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. and Kupture of
Gulf of 'Oman, in making secure the pacificatory results of the expedi- ^on^with^'he
tion of 1819-20, a crisis occurred in Turkish 'Iraq which, but for the Pasha of
Baghdad,
personal influence of Mr. Rich, the Resident at Baghdad, might have had 1820-22.
serious consequences. The cause was the arrogant behaviour of the
Pasha of Baghdad, who persisted in disregarding the treaty rights and
privileges of British subjects in the Pashaliq, and who ultimately
presumed so far as to levy double the legitimate duties upon British trade.
In 1820, in consequence of his arbitrary proceedings, the British Factory

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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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