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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎636] (779/1782)

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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neighbourhood of Basrah to Dihah in the Gulf of 'Oman was reported to
acknowledge their authority. In ISOS the Qawasim, under pressure from
their Wahhabi masters, took the sea against their late ally, Saiyid Sultan •
and they probably had their share in a raid on the island of Qishm then
a dependency of Masqat, which was ravaged in the same year at the
instigation of the Wahhabis.
Increase of Piracy, 1804-05.
Alleged res ^ establishment of the Wahhabis at Baraimi was followed by an
flTwahU i ? ereaSe 0f ^ and lawle6sne6s at ^a, which in India was ascribed
bis. chiefly to their influence; but a dispassionate study of the facts after the
lapse of more than a hundred years, by no means confirms the extreme
contemporary view that the Qawasim, in the incidents which now took
place, were mere unwilling instruments in the hands of the Wahhabis
The natural character of the Qawasim, as proclaimed by their conduct in
1778-79 and 1797, and the policy of the Bombay Government, which will
shortly appear from the sequel, were such that it appears almost supei-
fluons to search for any further explanation of events in the working of
ahhabi influences ; and it must be remembered that force majeure on
the part of the Wahhabis afforded a convenient and unverifiable excuse
for acts which nothing could justify.
In 1804 a number of English gentlemen and Indian British subjects
o ^ l«en captured by a French privateer * and released at Bushehr'
were making the passage from that place to Bombay in a native ve«el'
when, between Tunb Island and Ras Mnsandam, they were captured bv
Qasimi pirates after a resistance in which several of their number were
wounded, borne of the party had belonged to the H E I Pom no '
cruiser « Fly " which on being pursued by the French vessel, had Cfen
run ashore on Qais Island, the treasure and despatches that she carried
being at the same time thrown overboard in shallow water; and on their
way down the Gnlf the traveller, had made shift to recover the ■' Flv V'
despatches, but had fen obliged to leave the treasure behind. FindL
hat they were held prisoners at Ras-al-Khaimah without hope of releal
they volunteered, on condition of receiving their libertv, to enable tS
Qawasim to recover the sunken treasure of the '■ Fly "/which they did ;
of 38 guns, Cnptain Surconff, nfterwardi t»ken by
The " Fly"
case, 1804.
♦ This ship was " La Fortune
il .M.S. " Concorde

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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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