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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎644] (787/1782)

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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few months later destroyed Lingeh on the ground of its bein^ a Qasimi
town. The Qawasim about the same time sent 22 boats to the relief
of Rahmah-bin-Jabir, a pirate of Khor Hassan in Qatar, when he was
attacked bv a Persian expedition from Bushehr ; and so effectual was
their co-operation that the Bushehr flotilla was repulsed and six of the
vessels belonging to it were captured. Perhaps the last victim of
Qasimi rapacity during this period was the " Deria Dowlut/' Captain
Flemming, which seems to have been taken in June 1809 ; while in
October of the same year a boat from H.M.S. " Caroline/' commanded
by Lieutenant Wood, boarded and captured one of a fleet of 27 piratical
vessels. A naval demonstration was made by Saiyid Sa'id of Masqat
against the Qasimi ports, but it was wholly ineffectual.
Motives of In these circumstances a naval and military expedition was sanctioned
expedition. ^ ^ ie ^ overnor "General of India, of which the principal object was to
destroy completely the sea power of the piratical tribes at that day
denominated (l Qawasim," and to release British subjects and others
who might be held by them in bondage; but there was also an inten
tion of replacing Saiyid Sa'id of Masqat in possession of certain
places in the Gulf of 'Oman, of which he had been deprived by
the Qasimis. The 'Oman Sultanate was at this time threatened with
in\ asion by the Wahhabi general Mutlaq, whose headquarters were at
Baiaimi; and a desire to relieve the ruler of Masqat from this danger
has also been mentioned as among the motives of the expedition.*
A conciliatory convention was, if possible, to be arranged with the
piratical powers after the destruction of their vessels. Incidentally
topographical information regarding the country, and especially the
poits, of the Qawasim was to be procured ; and an " eligible island "
was to be sought for in the vicinity of the Qasimi coast, which it might
be possible to occupy as a maritime station or a Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. .
r ^ e ^ ns ^ rilc ti 0 ns issued to the naval and military commanders in
commanders, charge of the expedition placed all these objects before them for attain
ment, except that relating to the relief of Masqat from Wahhabi
pressure j this last, if it entered into the scheme at all, was apparently
viewed as an indirect consequence, with which executive officers were
not concerned. Special stress was laid upon the complete destruction of
all piratical craft. From the political point of view extreme caution
was enjoined. Land operations of every sort were to be avoided, so far as
possible, and especially any conflict with forces in the service of the
Wahhabi Amir; no hostility towards the Wahhabis was to be expressed ;
and the supposed connection of the Wahhabis with the Qawasim was to
* See Bombay Seltctiont, XXIV, pages 131 and 805'

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎644] (787/1782), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/1, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023575944.0x0000bc> [accessed 14 August 2018]

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