|PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
The biggest Taluqdari in Oudh, it was founded by Kunwar
Balram Das in about 1600, after whom the state was named,
a younger son of Raja Madho Singh, the Raja Saheb of
Ikauna. The family claims descent from the Great Pandavas
of the Mahabharata. A descendant, Raja Tansukhdeo, was
41st in direct line from Arjun Pandawas and lived at
Pawagarh in the fort of Bomgarh near Neemuch and took
service under the Delhi Emperor. The family motto is Fide et Justitia.
Estate holders were..
- Raja NAWAL SINGH,
Raja of Balrampur 1777/-, one of the greatest warriors
of the Janwars, repeatedly in conflict with the Nawab
of Oudh, defeated, though never completely subjugated,
married and had issue.
- Raja ARJUN SINGH,
Raja of Balrampur, married and had issue.
- Raja Jai Narain Singh (qv)
- HH Hon. Maharaja Bahadur Sir Digvijay Singh (qv)
- Raja JAI NARAIN
SINGH, Raja of Balrampur -/1836 , died 1836.
- Hon. HH Maharaja
Bahadur Sir DIGVIJAY SINGH Sahib K.C.S.I.,
Raja of Balrampur 1836/1882, born 1818, conspicuous
for his loyalty to the British authorities during the
Indian Mutiny in 1857, as a reward for his loyalty,
large estates in Gonda and Bahraich were made over to
him, he was awarded the K.C.S.I. in 1866 and granted
the title of Maharaja Bahadur in October 1859, he also
received a personal salute of 9 guns in 1877; he
establised a High School and a Hospital at Balrampur,
and another Hospital at Lucknow called the Balrampur
Hospital; Member of the Governor General's Legislative
Council; President of the British Indian Association
1861/1882, married HH Maharani Indra Kunwar (see
below), and had issue by Imam Bandi, born shortly
before 1831, a muslim lady in a secondary union. He
died spl on 27th May 1882.
- Maharajkumar Bhaiya Jung Bahadur Singh (by Imam
Bandi), born 1846, he established a Hospital in
Lucknow for the treatment of Europeans, married
1stly, 1861, Kunwarani Hansraj Kunwar, died 1871,
married 2ndly, 1872, Kunwarani Rajkali Kunwar, and
had issue, as well as a further four sons by
Najm-un-nissa, a muslim lady. He died 1st October
- Rai Bahadur Bhaiya Ganga Bakhsh Singh (by
Kunwarani Hansraj Kunwar) (Photo),
born 18th September 1871, educated at the Lyall
(Lyon?) Collegiate School, Balrampur; his name was
entered in the Darbar list under orders of the
Government in 1902 and he was appointed a Bench
Honourary Magistrate in 1904, and an Honourary
Magistrate for life in 1910 and a Munsiff in the
same year; he was granted the title of Rai Bahadur
- Bhaiya Sher Bahadur Singh (by Najm-un-nissa)
- HH Maharani Indra
Kunwar, Rani of Balrampur 1882/1886, she
adopted Kunwar Udit Narayan Singh, who succeeded as
Maharaja Bahadur Sir Bhagwati Prasad Singh. She died sp
- (A) Maharaja Bahadur Sir Bhagwati Prasad Singh
BOARD OF REVENUE
COURT OF WARDS
- Maharaja Bahadur Sir BHAGWATI PRASAD
SINGH Sahib K.C.I.E., K.B.E., Raja of
Balrampur 1893/1921, born 19th July 1879, K.C.I.E.
[cr.1906], K.C.S.I., premier Taluqdar of Oudh after
the Maharaja of Kapurthala, President of the British
Indian Association 1906/1917 and 1920/1921, married
and had issue, one son and six daughters. He died 25th
May 1921 (#1).
- Maharaja Bahadur Sir Pateshwari Prasad Singh
- Maharajkumari Lakshmi Patta Devi [Shri Lakshmi
Patta Maharani of Jeypore], eldest daughter, married
1913, Lt. Sri Sri Sri Maharaja Ramchandra Deo IV,
Raja of Jeypore,
born 1893, died sp
in 1931. She died sp.
- Maharajkumari (name
unknown), married HH Maharaja Lokendra
Balbhadra Singh Ju Dev Bahadur, Maharaja of Datia, and had issue.
- Maharajkumari (name
unknown), sixth daughter, married 16th
January 1929, Capt. HH Bisam-Samar-Bijayi
Mahamahodya Pancha-Srijukta Maharaja Manikya Sir Bir
Bikram Kishore Deb Burman Bahadur of Tripura.
- Maharaja Bahadur
Sir PATESHWARI PRASAD SINGH Sahib K.C.I.E.,
Raja of Balrampur 1921/1964, born 2nd January 1914 (#2), educated at
Mayo College, Ajmer; Kt. [cr.1941], K.C.I.E.
[cr.1946], he was invested with full administrative
powers on 22nd March 1937; he took a particular
interest in agricultural reforms and industrialisation
of his estate; he started a large irrigation scheme
for the benefit the public at a cost of Rs 23 lakhs;
he built a generating station providing electricity to
Balrampur, Gonda and Bahraich; he organized
Consolidation, Agriculture and Rural Development
Departments; he also provided for nine dispensaries,
including a women's Hospital, spacious dharamsalas, and
several schools; married in November 1932, Maharani
Rajya Laxmi Kumari Devi, born 1918, died sp in 1999,
daughter of HH Maharaja Chandra Shumsher Jung Bahadur
Rana of Nepal,
and had adoptive issue. He died sp in 1964 and
was succeeded by his adoptive son from Gangwal.
- (A) Kunwar Dharmendra Prasad Singh, son
of Kunwar Bharat Singh of Gangwal, adopted by
Maharaja Bahadur Sir Pateshwari Prasad Singh, and
succeeded as Maharaja Bahadur Dharmendra Prasad
Singh of Balrampur (qv)
The assistance of Maharaj Kumar Jayendra Pratap
Singh is gratefully acknowledged, November 2002.
- Maharaja Bahadur
DHARMENDRA PRASAD SINGH Sahib, Raja of
Balrampur (see above)