|PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
Kapura, a descendant of Jaisal, founder of the
principality of Jaisalmer in 1156, founded in 1643 the
principality of Kot Kapura which, in 1763, split into two
states: Kot Kapura, the parent state, which was conquered
by the Sikhs of Lahore in 1807, and Faridkot, which
remained with the Jaisal dynasty. In 1808, Faridkot
submitted to Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Lahore, and the
territory was granted to Diwan Mokam Chand, the Lahore
General. But in 1808-9 the British Government demanded
from the Maharaja the surrender of his conquests on the
left bank of the Sutlej, and Faridkot was given back to
its original possessors. The state ranked 13th in the
Punjab Darbar (1918). The Raja maintains a military force
of 70 cavalry, 300 infantry, and 6 guns, and is entitled
to a salute of 11 guns (in 1893). Ancestors and Rulers
- Sangar, married and had issue.
- Chaudhri Bhallan, he was appointed Chaudhri of the
Brar tribe by Emperor Akbar. He died spm in 1643.
- Lala, married and had issue.
- Chaudhuri Kapura Singh, born 1628, founder of
Kot Kapura in 1643, married and had issue. He died
1708 (or 1711).
- Chaudhuri Sajja Singh 1708/1710, died sp 1710.
- Chaudhuri Sukha Singh 1710/1731, born 1681,
married and had issue. He died 1731.
- Chaudhuri Jodh Singh 1731/1767, married and
had issue. He died 1767.
- Chaudhuri Tegh Singh of Kot Kapura
1767/1806, married and had issue. He died
- Sardar Karam Singh of Kot Kapura in
1807, incorporated into Nabha in 1807,
married and had issue.
- Sardar Gajja Singh of Kot Kapura,
married and had issue.
- Kanwar Thakar Singh, he was adopted
by Rani Pratap Kaur (see below)
- Chaudhuri Jagat Singh of Kot Kapura
1806/1807, married and had issue. He died
- Rani Pratap Kaur, married 1825,
Maharaja Sher Singh of Lahore.
She died 23rd August 1857.
- (A) Thakar Singh, born
about 1843, adopted in 1847, son
of his mothers cousin, Gajja
- Sardar Jit Singh [aka Amrik Singh], died
- Sardar Hamir Singh (see below)
- Sardar Bir Singh
- Sardar Makhu Singh, ancestor of the families
of Rori and Matta.
- Sardar HAMIR SINGH,
1st Sardar Sahib of Faridkot 1763/1782, he built
Faridkot and made it his capital; married and had
issue. He died 1782.
- Sardar Mohar Singh (qv)
- Sardar Dal Singh (qv)
Sardar MOHAR SINGH,
2nd Sardar Sahib of Faridkot 1782/1798, he was deposed
by Sardar Charat Singh and died in exile; married a
daughter of Sardar Sobha Singh of Mán in Jind, and had
issue, as well as further issue by a Muhammedan
concubine, named Teji. He died 1798.
- Sardar Charat Singh (qv)
- Bhupa Singh (by Teji)
Sardar CHARAT SINGH,
3rd Sardar Sahib of Faridkot 1798/1804, he was
attacked and killed by his uncle, Dal Singh, who
usurped the gaddi,
married and had issue. He died 1804.
- Sardar Ghulab Singh (qv)
- Raja Pahar Singh (qv)
- Sardar Sahib Singh, died 1831.
- Sardar Mehtab Singh
Sardar DAL SINGH,
Sardar Sahib of Faridkot in 1804 (one month), he was
assasinated in 1804 by a cousin, Fauja Singh, who then
acted as guardian for Sardar Ghulab Singh.
Sardar GHULAB SINGH,
4th Sardar Sahib of Faridkot 1804/1826, born about
1797, Faridkot was attacked by Diwan Mokham Chand in
1806-1807, acting on behalf of Maharaja Ranjit Singh,
but the fort was only taken two years later by the
Maharaja himself; married 1stly, a daughter of Sardar
Jodh Singh Kaleka of Jamma in Patiala, married 2ndly,
Sardarni Dharam Kaur, daughter of Sardar Sher Singh
Gill of Gholia in Moga district, and had issue. He was
assasinated on 5th November 1826, apparently with the
connivance of his brother, Sahib Singh.
Sardar ATTAR SINGH,
5th Sardar Sahib of Faridkot 1826/1827, born 1822, he
died in August 1827.
Raja PAHAR SINGH,
6th Raja of Faridkot 1827/1849, born 1800, an able and
liberl-minded ruler, who devoted himself to the
improvement of his possessions; when the first Sikh
war broke out in 1845, he attached himself to the
English, using his utmost exertions to collect
supplies and carriages, and furnishing guides for the
army, afterwards he received as his reward the title
of Raja in 1846, together with half the territory
confiscated from the Raja of Nabha, and in this
obtained possession once more of Kot-Kapura, the
ancestral seat of his family, married 1stly, Rani
Chand Kaur, daughter of Sardar Samand Singh Dhalwil of
Dina, married 2ndly, Mai Desu, daughter of a Gill
zamindar of Mudki, married 3rdly (by chaddar dálna) in
1831, the widow of his younger brother, married 4thly,
Rani Jas Kaur, daughter of Rai Singh of Kaleka in
Patiala, and had issue. He died in April 1849 (#2).
- Raja Wazir Singh (by Rani Chand Kaur)(qv)
- Rajkumar Dip Singh (by Mai Desu), died 1845.
- Rajkumar Anokh Singh (by Mai Desu), died
Raja WAZIR SINGH
Brar Bans Bahadur, 8th Raja of Faridkot
1849/1874, born 1828, a devout Sikh, he received the
rites of initiation at Gurdwara Sri Hazur Sahib,
Nanded, he built new villages and introduced several
reforms in the land revenue system; he joined the
English in the second Sikh war, and greatly
distinguished himself during the Mutiny of 1857 by
seizing mutineers, guarding the ferries over the
Sutlej, and attacking a notorious rebel named Sham
Das, whose village he destroyed, his troops served
with credit under General Van Cortlandt in Sirsa and
elsewhere, for these services he was granted the title
of Brar Bans Raja Sahib Bahadur, a khilat of
increased value and a salute of eleven guns; he was
also exempted from the service of ten horsemen, which
he previously had to provide and in 1862 he received a
conferring the right of adoption, married 1stly, Rani
Ind Kaur, daughter of Sardar Sham Singh Mann of
Munsab, married 2ndly, a daughter of Basawa Singh of
Raipur, married 3rdly, a daughter of Sardar Gajja
Singh of Lahore, married 4thly, 1845, the widow of his
brother Anokh Singh, and had issue. He died 22nd April
1874 (#1) at Kurukshetra.
Raja Bikram Singh Brar Bans Bahadur (by Rani Ind
Raja BIKRAM SINGH Brar Bans Bahadur, 9th Raja
of Faridkot 1874/1898, born January 1842; he succeeded
to the gadi
on 22nd April 1874, he modernized the state
administration and employed retired British officials
with experience and in 1875 set up offices and courts
on the British model and adopted British law, he
opened schools and charitable hospitals, constructed
dharamsalas and rest houses for travellers,
established free kitchens at Faridkot, Thanesar
and Amritsar, Sanskrit pathshalas, or schools
were started where free food was served to the
students, he was a patron of the Khalsa Diwan in
Amritsar, he was appointed a Fellow of the Punjab
University to which he donated large sums of money, he
was granted the title of Farzand-i-Sa'adat-Nashan-i-Hazrat-i-Kaisar-i-Hind;
married the daughter of Raja Nahar Singh of Ballabgarh
and had issue. He died 8th August 1898.
Raja Balbir Singh Brar Bans Bahadur (qv)
- Kunwar Gajindar Singh, born 1879?, married and had
issue. He died 1900.
Raja Brijindar Singh Brar Bans Bahadur (qv)
- Rajkumari (name unknown), married 1913,
HH Shri Maharajah Sir Brijendra Sawai Kishan Singh
Bahadur Jang, 12th Maharajah of Bharatpur. She
Raja BALBIR SINGH Brar Bans Bahadur, 10th
Raja of Faridkot 1898/1906, born 30th August 1869,
educated at Mayo College, Ajmer; he ascended the gadi
of Faridkot state on 16th December 1898, he had
constructed the Victoria Memorial Clock Tower and the
Raj Mahal, he also did much to develop and promote the
breeding of horses and cattle in the state, married a
Rani of the Manimajra family, and had adoptive issue.
He died sp in February 1906 after a short
- (A) HH
Raja Brijindar Singh Brar Bans Bahadur (qv)
Raja BRIJINDAR SINGH Brar Bans Bahadur, 11th
Raja of Faridkot 1906/1918, born 26th October 1896 (#3 p.7), he ascended the gadi
of Faridkot state on 15 March 1906, educated at
Aitchison College, Lahore, he was invested with full
ruling powers on 24th November 1916 (#3 p.7); he was appointed an
Honorary Major and granted the title of Maharaja as a
personal distinction on 1st January 1918 in connection
with services provided during WWI (#3
p.7); married HH Rani Mahinder Kaur Sahiba,
and had issue. He died 22nd December 1918.
- Lt. HH
Raja Sir Harindar Singh Brar Bans Bahadur (qv)
- Rajkumar Manjitindar Singh, born 22nd February
1916, married Kunwarani Jagdish Kaur, educated at
Queen Mary's School, Lahore, an artist and a
swimming, hockey and tennis champion; and had issue.
He died 1996.
- Lt. HH
Raja Bharatindar Singh Brar Bans Bahadur [Prince
- Kanwar Dashmesh Indar Singh [Prince Victor],
born 1947, died unmarried 1992.
- Kumari Devinder Kaur [Princess Wendy], born
1942, married 1965 (div.), a Greek gentleman, and
has issue, one daughter, born in 1967
(unmarried).She died 6th January 2009 (Chandigarh,
Maharaja Sir HARINDAR SINGH Brar Bans Bahadur
K.C.S.I., 12th Raja of Faridkot 1918/1989, born 29th
January 1915, educated at Aitchison Chiefs' College,
Lahore (Diploma, 1932); he assumed full ruling powers
on 17th October 1934; he successfully completed a
course of military training with the Royal Deccan
Horse; Honorary Colonel Sikh LI, Colonel Bengal
Engineer Group, M.L.A. Pepsu LA, Member of National
Defence Council of India, Member of the Standing
Committee of Chamber of Princes, past Grand Master
(Hon.) 1974, OSM 1971 Grand Lodge of India, District
Grand Master for North India 1977, United Grand Lodge
of England, he was granted the title of Maharaja in
1918; he was appointed a K.C.S.I. on 1st January 1941;
married in February 1933, HH Rani Narinder Kaur
Sahiba, daughter of Sardar Bahadur Sardar Bhagwant
Singh of Manauli,
and had issue. He died 16th October 1989.
- Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, born 1934/1935.
- Maharani Deep Inder Kaur [Princess Bunty], born
17th July 1936, married 1959, Maharajadhiraja
Bahadur Dr. Saday Chand Mahtab [Prince Henry],
Maharaja of Burdwan,
and has issue, one son and one daughter.
- Tikka Harmohindar Singh Brar [Prince David], born
22nd October 1937, educated at the Doon School,
Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal, and later at Oxford
University, England,U.K., he died vpsp in
1981 in a car accident.
- Rajkumari Maheep Inder Kaur [Princess Anne], born
19th September 1944, educated at Tara Hall, Simla
(passing out in 1960), and in New Delhi, she died
unmarried, 26th July 2001 at Mashobra in the
Faridkot complex near Shimla, cremated at Sahi
Samadhan in Faridkot.
Raja BHARAT INDAR SINGH Brar Bans Bahadur,
13th Raja of Faridkot (see above)