'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915'  (574/1782)
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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the British Government would have no alternative but to place his
dominions under a commercial blockade from the side of India. The
deportation of the French army from Egypt in British ships and the
victories of Lord Lake over the Marathas in India, too, were significant
events which cannot but have iufluenced his political views.
Notwithstanding- his loyal observance in difficult circumstances of
an important treaty, the conduct of Saiyid Sultan at this time was re
garded by the Bombay Government as unsatisfactory, chiefly in regard
to the prevalence of piracy. The fact seems to have been that Sultan
wished to make it a rule that every ship proceeding up the Gulf should
put into Masqat and receive a safe conduct or a convoy, to protect her
against pirates, from his officials there ; and when ships under the British
flag disregarded this condition, as they frequently did, and afterwards
suffered by the misdeeds of pirates under Sultan's real or nominal juris
diction, he was somewhat slow to inflict punishment or enforce restitution.
In particular, Sultan appears to have been held responsible for the
depredations of one Nasir, a Suwaidi or member of the Sudan tribe,
who, after forsaking his home in the Shaikhdom of Ras-al-Khaimah, had
settled on the island of Hormuz, in the jurisdiction of the ruler of 'Oman,
and thence had committed several piracies. On one occasion, the Suwaidi
seized a botella * belonging to Mirza Mehdi 'Ali Khan^ before mentioned,
while carrying British official despatches; but Saiyid Sultan in this instance
obliged him to restore the boat to the owner, and himself transmitted the
despatches to their destination.
Again a vessel owned by Muhammad Nabi Khan, afterwards Per
sian Envoy to India, was captured by the Suwaidi while navigating
under British colours; and a small vessel carrying gunpowder consigned
from the Bombay Arsenal to the Turkish Governor of Basrah likewise fell
into his hands. On the last occasion some even of the local officials, subject
to Masqat, were supposed to have shared in the plunder. Sultan was
perhaps reluctant to take action in these later cases, for nothing was done
by him until the Bombay Government had sent the " Duncan " with Indian
troops on board to the Gulf ; and, though Captain Seton accompanied
him on an expedition to Hormuz which ensued, the offenders with all their
property were allowed to escape to Hasa, where they joined the Wahhabis.
It was further alleged that Saiyid Sultan had allowed property looted
by the people of Nakhilu from the British ships " Hector and Alert,
which went ashore in the summer of 1803 upon the Persian coast, to be
disposed of at Masqat ; and another grievance against him
* Possibly a Batil is meant.
tan and the
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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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