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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎668] (811/1782)

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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668
and bad at one time aeted as agent on behalf of the Wahhabig in the
whole Qasimi country. Rams was found abandoned, the inhabitants
having retired to Dhayah, a place about 2 miles inland, where there
was a village with a strong fort belonging to Husain-bin-^Ali upon a
pyramidal hill ; and, as the fort was considered by the Arabs to be
impregnable, preparations for its capture, in view of the moral effect which
its fall might be expected to produce, were immediately undertaken. On
the 18th of December a force, consisting of His Majesty's 65th Regiment,
of the flank companies of the 1st Battalion of the 2nd Native Infant™
Regiment,and of 30 artiUe^en with two bras, l^poulJ,to Z
inch mortars and four field guns, proceeded against Dhayah under the
immediate command of Major Warren of the 65th, General Grant Keir,
however, accompanying the troops in person. On the 19th the enemy
were driven back upon Dhayah, disputing every foot of ground as they
retired through the date plantations; an evasive answer was returned
by the Shaikh, who had been summoned to surrender ; and a couple of
mortars commenced playing on the fort. The defences of Dhayah were
found to be unexpectedly strong. On the 20th more ground was gained,
and the attacking force was increased by the flank companies of H.M /s
47th Regiment, under Captain Backhouse, and of the 1st Battalion of the
3rd Regiment of Native Infantry. On the morning of the 21st Dhayah
was completely surrounded, Ensign J. Matheson* of the 65th, « a most
gallant, intelligent and zealous officer,- being killed; and in the evening two
24-pounders from the - Liverpool," which had been brought up in face of
great physical difficulties f by a naval contingent from the ships, were got
into position against the fort on the north-east side, and a counle of
J 2-pounders against the Shaikh's house on the westward. On the^22nd
an opportunity was allowed the garrison of sending their women and
children to a place of safety ; but it was neglected. At 8-30 a.m . the
guns opened, and at 10-30 a breach had been made practicable and a
column were about to advance to the assault, but were halted on
e ajpearance of a white flag. The besieged now surrendered on
condition that their lives should be spared, they giving up their arms
and other property; at 1-30 p. m . the British flag was hoisted on the
ort and Shaikh's house; and the prisoners, amounting to 398 fighting
* Also epelt (in the same Regimental Records) MathiBon and Matthison.
^ ^ ree m ilf6upanaiTow, intricate and shallow creek, and
ag ed first through a muddy swamp and then over rooky and intersected ground. The
,,de ^ aptain ^Me.R.N.. and Lieutenant Campbell. B.N,
iescribed by General Keir as " aetonishing " and, in hi fi experience, uasurpaesed.

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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' [‎668] (811/1782), 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_100023575945.0x00000c> [accessed 17 August 2018]

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