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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎464] (607/1782)

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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Second Bani
Bu 'AH ex
pedition,
1821.
to take action jointly with Saiyid Sa-'id, to whom also the Bani Bu J Ali
were obnoxious as they were in open rebellion against Hs
government. In pursuance of this design six companies of Indian sepoys ^
were embarked by Captain Thompson at Qishm and landed at Sur, where
they were reinforced by a tribal levy under the Saiyid, consisting chiefly
of Bani Jabir, Hishm, Hajriyln and Al Wahibah. On the 8th of
November the allies encamped at Falaij-al-Mashaikh, and surrender of the
murderers of the British messenger, as well as of the fortifications and
arms of the tribe, was demanded; but the negotiations failed, entirely, it
would appear, in consequence of the determination of the British Political
Officer to enforce the surrender of the arms. On the following day, the
9th of November, a force of 380 sepoys and 4 guns, with 2,000 Arab
auxiliaries, advanced to attack the village of Balad Bani Bu 'Ali; but they
were ignominiously routed by a charge of swordsmen, and fell back upon
their entrenched camp with a loss of 7 British officers, 270 sepoys and all
the guns. Saiyid Sa^id himself behaved with coolness and courage and
was wounded m the hand m endeavouring to save a British artilleryman an
act of gallantry which the Government of India subsequently acknowledged
by the piesentation oi a valuable sword. Most of the tribesmen by
whom Sa'id was attended either fled, immediately that the day turned
against them, oi lemained neutral j but the Hajnyin proved an honourable
exception and were killed to the last man. On the night after the battle
the British camp was attacked, but without success, by the Bani Bu
Hasan, in whose land it was situated; and, eventually, the remnants of the
Biitish foice returned via the Wadi-al-'Aqq to Masqat, where they arrived
on the J 7 th of November.
The Government of Bombay, considering that Captain Thompson had
exceeded his instructions for the suppression of piracy and had allowed
himself to be made an instrument of the Saiyid^s internal policy, con
demned the whole of his proceedings and ordered him to be removed from
his post; but it was necessary that the military reputation of Britain
should be rehabilitated in 'Oman. A strong expedition, consisting of
117 British officers, of 1,263 British rank and file from His Majesty's 65th
Regiment, the Bombay European Regiment and the Bombay European
Aitillery, and of 1,686 native soldiers, was despatched from Bombay under
the command of General Lionel Smith, the same who had directed
the operations against Ras-al-Khaimah in 1809, and reached Sur on the
27th of January 1821. On the night of the 11th of February the lines ^
of the headquarters staff and the Bombay European Regiment, which
weie situated at some distance from the main camp, were surprised by a
a pai t \ of Bani Be Ali swordsmen, who succeeded in inflicting over
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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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