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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎443] (586/1782)

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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had now captured the port of Shims in Batinah and placed it in charge of
one Muhammad-bin-Ahmad. Saiyid Sa'id, on being questioned, recom
mended an expedition for the recovery of Shinas, as also of Khor Fakkan,
where he had been so disastrously defeated in the preceding year ; and his
suggestions were accepted. The expedition, accompanied by Saijid Sa'id
with about 2,000 men in English and French-built ships, reached Shinas
on the 31st of December 1809. On the 1st of January 1810 they landed
and entrenched themselves on the beach and were joined by the Saiyid's
mounted forces, who had fought their way from Sohar; on the 2nd of
January a few shells from a 10-inch mortar were thrown into the fort
held by the enemy, but without much result, and recourse was had to
battering. On the morning of the 3rd of January, a breach having been
effected, the troops advanced to the assault; a party of Saiyid SaiM s men,
through a mistake, obtained a start of the British troops and got to the
breach first, but they were strongly opposed and could not enter. The
British column then forced their way in and drove the defenders into two
towers of the fort, which was square with a tower at each angle j but in
these towers the remains of the garrison held out, fighting with extraordi
nary determination, until 5-30 r.M. ; when, their deiences having been
rendered untenable by artillery fire, they accepted quarter. Eleven persons
emerged from the smaller, and upwards of 100 from the larger of the two
towers, nearly all of whom were more or less maimed or bruised. The
British loss, owing to the enemy having acted entirely on the defensive,
was small, there being only one European killed, two officeis and seven
Europeans wounded and two sepoys wounded ; of the enemy over 400 were
believed to have been killed in the whole of the operations. The ^Omanis
lost 30 or 40 men, chiefly in cavalry encounters around the place. The
Saiyid, on the plea that the fort had been rendered indefensible, declined
to place troops in it, and the proposed expedition against Khor Fakkan
was abandoned. Meanwhile Mutlaq had arrived from Baraimi, and, on
the evening of the 5th of January, the day that the Biitish tioopF and
Saiyid Sa'id embarked on their ships, he fell upon the 'Omam forces
remaining in the neighbourhood of Shinas and dispei .-ed them with
considerable slaughter j Salim, the brother of Sa id, and Azzan bin Qais,
the ruler of Sohar, who were with the army on shore, narrowly escaped
with their lives *
• From the confiictiog accounts contained in the «otk. of Manmi, BnckmgUn,
Btydgei, Low and tbe nati .e annali .t, it is difficnll to unde«t.nd what real J happened
at Shin*. The present writer has followed, in the main, some valuable e.tracta f om
the Eegimeotal Record, of the 66th Foot, kindly placed at his disjiosal hj Cap
T. D. Parkinson, Adjutant, lit York and Lancaster Regiment.

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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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