KAPURTHALA (Princely State)

(13 gun salute)


AREA: 1,551.41 km² PRIVY PURSE: Rs2,70,000
ANNEXATION: 20th August 1948
STATE: Pepsu (now Punjab) REVENUE: Rs 36,00,000Rs (1939) RELIGION: Sikh

POPULATION: 316,757 (1931)
DYNASTY: Ahluwalia



Brig. HH
                Maharaja Sri SUKHJIT SINGH Sahib Bahadur (1934 - )PRESENT RULER: Brig. HH Maharaja Sri SUKHJIT SINGH Sahib Bahadur, 9th and present Maharaja of Kapurthala since 1955. (The Villa Buno Vista, Kapurthala, Punjab, India, and The Chateau, Mussoorie, Uttaranchal, India)
born 16th October 1934 in Kapurthala, educated at Doon School, Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal, and then attended the Indian Military Academy, (I.M.A.) Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal, and was commisioned in 1954, as a Second Lieutenant in the Indian Army, rose to the rank of Brigadier in the Indian Army and won the Maha Vir Chakra (MVC), the second highest gallantry award in the 1971 Indo-Pak war, married 1957 in New Delhi, HH Maharani Geeta Devi, born 21st March 1936, daughter of Darbar Shri Ala Vajsur Khachar of Jasdan, and his second wife, Rani Madhvi Devi, and has issue.
  • Maharajkumari Gayatri Devi, born June 1959, educated at the Welham Girls High School at Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal; married 24th August 1989 at New Delhi (div. 2001), Mr. Anand Bannerjee. (London, England).
  • Maharajkumari Preeti Devi, born May 1960, educated at the Welham Girls High School at Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal; married 1stly, 27th December 1987 at New Delhi (div. 1993), Mr. Gautam Thapar, Vice-Chairman of the Thapar Group of Industries, and has issue, a daughter, married 2ndly, 20th April 2003 at New Delhi, Mr. Tarun Kataria. (Singapore)
    • Shaira Thapar, born 1992.
  • Tikka Raja Shatrujit Singh, born 27th December 1961, educated at the Doon School, Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal and graduated from Hindu College, Delhi University; he is the Chief Representative in Asia for Moet-Hennessy and Group Advisor to the French firm, Louis Vuitton, he has pioneered the entry of Moet Hennessy, LVMH perfumes and cosmetics and the LVMH fashion group into India, he is also actively involved in various restoration projects in Punjab and has had other initiatives undertaken for the protection of India's Heritage monuments, he was awarded "The Order of Mohammed" by King Hasan II of Morocco for developing outstanding relationships, both cultural and economic, with the Kingdom of Morocco; married 1984 (div.1998), Rajkumari Chandralekha Kumari [Princess Bijou], daughter of Raja Rudra Pratap Singh of Bansi, a Taluqdar in U.P. and has issue, an only child, a son. (B-90 A, Greater Kailash 1, New Delhi, India)
    • Tikka Rajkumar Suryajit Singh, born 28th May 1990 at New Delhi, who is currently studying at the Doon School, Dehra Doon, Uttaranchal.
  • Maharajkumar Amanjit Singh, born in July 1966, educated at the Doon School, Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal, died unmarried 10th November 1991 at Chail, Himachal Pradesh, in a hunting accident.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Founded in 1772, the state ranked 5th in the Punjab Darbar (1890). The founder of the family's fortunes was Sardar Sadhu Singh, who was an enterprising zamindar, and founded four villages (Ahlu, Hallu-Sadho, Tor and Chak) in the vicinity of Lahore. The Raja maintains a military force of 197 cavalry, 829 infantry, and 13 guns, and is entitled to a salute of 11 guns (as of 1892). Rulers were....
  • Unknown, married and had issue.
    • Sardar Sadhu Singh
    • Sadawah Singh, married a girl of the Kalal caste, and had issue, four sons.
      • Sardar Gopal Singh, married and had issue.
        • Sardar Dewa Singh, married and had issue.
          • Sardar Badar Singh, married a sister of Sardar Bhag Singh Halluwalia, a minor Chief of Lahore district, and had issue. He died 1723.
            • Sardar Jassa Singh (see below)
          • Sardar Sadar Singh, married and had issue.
            • Sardar Lal Singh, married and had issue.
              • Sardar Mihr Singh
            • Sardar Manna Singh
          • Sardar Gurbaksh Singh, married and had issue.
            • Sardar Kirpal Singh, married and had issue.
              • Sardar Ladha Singh, married and had issue.
                • Sardar Bagh Singh (see below)
  • Sardar JASSA SINGH, 1st Sardar of Kapurthala 1772/1783, born 3rd May 1718 at Ahlu or Ahluwal near Lahore, Sultan-ul-Qaum [cr.1761], leader of the Ahluwalia misl and of the Dal Khalsa, which in 1758 proclaimed the sovereignty of the Sikhs in the Punjab, in 1748, a general assembly of Sikhs was convened at Amritsar which resolved to consolidate the sixty-five roving Sikh jathds into one command called the Dal Khalsa under Jassa Singh, its eleven subdivisions were called misls (the twelfth misl Phulkiari traced a separate origin), in April 1754, the Dal Khalsa, under Jassa Singh, routed an Afghan force from Lahore which had laid siege to Amritsar, in 1757, he attacked the rearguard of Shahzada Taimur Shah who was marchjing to Lahore after sacking Kanarpur, on 17th January 1761, he defeated the Marathas at Panipat, on 17th April 1765, the Sikhs under his command occupied Lahore, married Rani Raj Kaur, and had issue. He died 20th October 1783 in Amritsar and was cremated at Burj Baba Atal Sahib.
    • Bibiji (name unknown), married Sardar Mohar Singh of Fatehabad, died 1777.
    • Bibiji (name unknown), married Sardar Mehar or Mirar Singh of Tungwala, and had issue.
      • generations
        • Sardarni Bishen Kaur, married Rais Sardar Basant Singh of Behra, and had issue.
  • Sardar BAGH SINGH, 2nd Sardar of Kapurthala 1783/1801, born 1747, married and had issue, one son and one daughter. He died 10th July 1801.
    • Sardar Fateh Singh (qv)
    • Bibiji (name unknown) Sahib, married General Sardar Rattan Singh of Behra, and had issue.
      • Rais Sardar Thakur Singh, born 1812 in Fatehabad, married and had issue.
        • Rais Sardar Ranjit Singh, married and had issue.
          • Rais Sardar Basant Singh of Behra, married Sardarni Bishen Kaur of Tungwala (see above)
  • Sardar FATEH SINGH, 3rd Sardar of Kapurthala 1801/1836, born 1784, succeeded to the Ahluwalia chiefship in 1801, took part in almost all the early campaigns of Maharaja Ranjit Singh - Kasur 1802/1803, Malwa 1806/1808, Kangra 1809, Multan 1818, Kashmir 1819 and Mankera 1821. He fought in the battle of Haidru 1813 and held command in the Bhimbar, Rajauri and Bahawalpur expeditions, in 1806, he acted as the plenipotentiary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and signed the first Anglo-Sikh treaty with Lord Lake, he had bestowed upon him the districts of Dakha, Kot, Jagraoh, Talvandi, Naraingarh and Raipur after his Malwa campaigns, he married in 1802, and had issue. He died 20th October 1836 at Kapurthala.
    • Raja Nihal Singh (qv)
    • Kanwar Amar Singh, he conspired to usurp the gaddi and was encouraged in his ambition by Maharaja Ranjit Singh as well as by his minister, Raja Dhian Singh. He died 28th March 1841 in a boat accident on the Ravi.
  • Raja NIHAL SINGH, Raja of Kapurthala 1836/1852, born 10th March 1817, he received the towns of Nur Mahal and Kalal Majra; in the first Anglo-Sikh war, his sympathies lay with the Khalsa Darbar and in spite of treaty obligations with the British, he afforded them little assistance, and he went so far as to fight on the side of the Sikhs both at Baddoval and 'Alival and for that he was penalized by the British by the confiscation of his territories south of the Sutlej, he was granted the title of Raja in 1849, married and had issue. He died 13th September 1852.
    • HH Raja-i-Rajgan Raja Sir Randhir Singh Bahadur (see below)
    • Kanwar Bikram Singh Bahadur (Photo), born 1835 at Kapurthala, C.S.I. [cr.1879], Sardar Bahadur [cr.1858], awarded the Mutiny Medal for his part during the Indian Mutiny, by commanding a Kapurthala contingent, present at the Imperial Durbar in Delhi in 1877, where he was awarded the Kaiser-i-Hind medal, Honourary Magistrate and Honourary Assististant Commissioner for Jullundur District in 1879, President of the Jullundur Municipal Board, founder of the Khalsa Akhbar, founder of the Khalsa Press in Lahore, author of "Upma Sar Granth", founder of the Singh Sabha, married 1stly, 16th February 1849, and had issue, two sons and one daughter. He died 8th May 1887 at Jullundur.
      • Col. Kanwar Pratap Singh Bahadur (Photo), born 1871 at Jullundur, K.C.S.I. [cr.1911], C.S.I. [cr.1909], Honourary Magistrate and Civil Judge, Punjab, Honourary ADC to the Maharaja of Kapurthala in 1893, M.L.C. Punjab 1906/1911, Member of the Imperial Legislative Council 1910/1911, founder of the Punjab Chiefs' Association, awarded the Delhi Durbar Silver Medal in 1903, married and had issue, two sons. He died 5th December 1911.
        • Maj. Kanwar Jasjit Singh, born 12th April 1893, educated at Aitchison College, Lahore; Honourary Magistrate for Jullundur District 1915/1943, commissioned as Honourary 2nd-Lt., ILF in 1918, attached to the 6th Duke of Connaught's Own Lancers, served in Afghanistan and the NWF in 1919, where he received the Waziristan medal, promoted to Honourary Lieutenant in 1919, Honourary Captain in 1923, and Honourary Major in 1936, Vice-Chairman of the Jullundur District Board, awarded the Delhi Durbar Silver Medal in 1911, the Silver Jubilee Medal in 1935, and the Coronation Medal in 1937, married 1stly, daughter of the Hon. Buta Singh of Rawalpindi, married 2ndly, daughter of the Jagirdar of Butari in Ludhiana District, and had issue, three sons and one daughter. He died 29th March 1943.
          • Capt. Kanwar Prithvijit Singh, born 11th May 1912, educated at Aitchison College, Lahore; Royal Military College, Sandhurst; commissioned as a 2nd-Lieut, IA (KCIO) in 1932, attached to the 1st Battalion, 7th Rajput Regiment in 1934, married Bibi Surjit Kaur, daughter of Sardar Dwarka Nath Singh, Minister, Kapurthala State, and had adopted issue. He died 1943 at Lucknow.
            • Kanwar Shri Vishvjit Prithvijit Singh (son of Kanwar Ranjit Singh - see below, adopted by Kanwarani Surjit Kaur, widow of Kanwar Prithvijit Singh), born 29th October 1946, educated at Doon School, Dehra Dun; Member of Parliament, India (Rajya Sabha) 1982 to 1988 and 1988 to 1994, married 8th May 1989, Kumari Vijay Thakur (Kanwarani Vijay Thakur Singh), Diplomat (Indian Foreign Service), daughter of Late Justice, Thakur Hira Singh of the Himanchal High Court.
          • Kanwar Manjit Singh, born 1918, educated at Scindia Sardar's School, Gwalior; Hon. Lieut. ILF (1945), married and had issue, two sons. He died 1962.
            • Kanwar Chandrajit Singh, born 25th December 1946, Businessman.
            • Kanwar Aniljit Singh, born 15th August 1950 at Jalandhar, educated at Modern School, Jalandhar; Queen Mary College, London (B.Sc.); Imperial College, London (M.Sc.); Berkbeck College, London (M.Sc.); Computer Scientist, Businessman, married 7th November 1985 in London, Miss Padma Bisram, daughter of Mr. Balram Bisram (Civil Servant, UK), and has issue, one son.
              • Kanwar Amarjit Singh, born 14th June 1989 in London, presently being educated at Charterhouse School, UK.
          • Kanwar Ranjit Singh, born 1922, educated at Scindia Sardar's School, Gwalior; married and had issue, 1 son. He died 1953.
            • Kanwar Shri Vishvjit Prithvijit Singh (adopted by Kanwarani Surjit Kaur, widow of Kanwar Prithvijit Singh – see above), born 29th October 1946, educated at Doon School, Dehra Dun; Member of Parliament, India (Rajya Sabha) [3.4.1982] to [2.4.1988] and [3.4.1988] to [2.4.1994], married 8th May 1989, Kumari Vijay Thakur (Kanwarani Vijay Thakur Singh), Diplomat (Indian Foreign Service), daughter of Late Justice, Thakur Hira Singh of the Himachal High Court.
          • Kumari Uma Devi, married Lt.-Gen. Daulat Singh IA (KCIO), born 4th January 1911 (#8) at Lahore, died 22nd November 1963 in a helicopter crash at Poonch, Director of Military Operations, Army H.Q., India from April 1952, educated at Government College, Lahore and at Royal Military College, Sandhurst, commissioned into the Indian Army on 29th January 1931, and joined the III Cavalry, he was a Regimental Officer till 1942, when he was selected for the Staff College, he completed the Staff Course the following year and afterwards held various Staff and Command Appointments, including the command of an Armored Brigade; Member, Delhi Gymkhana Club, New Delhi, son of Col. Wazir ud-Daula, Rai Bahadur Dina Nath, Prime Minister of Indore, and had issue, three sons and one daughter. (35 Aurangzeb Road, New Delhi, India)
            • Jitendra Daulat Singh, Diplomat (Indian Foreign Service), educated at Mayo College, Ajmer; and at Cambridge, UK; Former Indian Ambassador to Norway, married Renuka Singh, daughter of Brigadier Shiv Dayal Singh I.A., and has issue, one son and one daughter.
            • Surendra Daulat Singh, born 4th June 1942, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer; and St Stephens College, Delhi B.A. (Hons. in History); former Banker (BBME, Grindlays etc.), C.E.O. Executive Search (GKR. Daulat-Singh), married 6th October 1967, Purnima Bawa, daughter of late Bawa Gyan Singh of Lahore, and has issue, one son and two daughters.
            • Vijayendra Daulat Singh, born 13th June 1946 at Delhi, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer; passed out at Bishop Cotton School (Ibbetson House), Simla in 1963; St Stephens College, Delhi; Chairman of the Institute of Technology and Management, Gurgaon; married 16th April 1976, Hareena Singh, daughter of Late Col. Gurbaksh Singh, and has issue, two sons and one daughter.
            • Chandrika Devi, born 19th February 1939 at Indore, educated at Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls' Public School, Jaipur; Lady Irwin College, New Delhi; married 13th December 1958, Ganesh Saran Mehra, and has issue, three sons and one daughter.
        • Kanwar Madanjit Singh, born 1898, died 1930.
      • Hon. Raja Sir Daljit Singh, born 7th December 1882 at Kapurthala, educated at Aitchison College, Lahore; K.B.E. [cr.1919], C.S.I. [cr.1911], Honourary Magistrate for Jullundur District, M.L.C. (Punjab) 1913/1915, Member of the Imperial Legislative Council at Calcutta 1913/1915, Member of the Council of State 1915/1917, Member of the Third Council of the Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab [14.1.1913] - [19.4.1916], Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir State 1917/1921, awarded the Delhi Durbar silver medal in 1911, married Rani Jasbir Kaur [Lady Daljit Singh], born September 1886 at Hansa, Ludhiana, died December 1938, daughter of Sardar Hardit Singh of Hansa, and had issue, two sons. He died 6th November 1946.
        • Rajkumar Atamjit Singh, born 1900, educated at Aitchison College, Lahore; commissioned in 1925 as Second Lieutenant in the Indian Army, married and had issue, one son. He died 1925.
          • Kanwar Satyajit Singh, born 28th December 1922 at Jullundur, educated at Bishop Cotton School, Shimla; and St Stephen's College, Delhi; agriculturist and Shakespearean actor, married Kumari Kamini Devi [Kanwarani Kamini Satyajit Singh], born 12th April 1928, died 6th October 1999, daughter of Ishwar Das Mahendru of Multan, and had issue, one son and one daughter. He died 22nd November 1980 at Lucknow.
            • Kanwar Mukuljit Singh, born 6th October 1961, educated at Colvin Taluqdars' College, Lucknow and Lucknow University; Secretary of the Tiger Haven Society, Rifle Shooting Champion, married 19th October 1996, Kumari Pragya Devi, [Kanwarani Pragya Singh], daughter of Colonel Ranbir Singh Chouhan, and has issue, one son.
              • Samarjit Singh (Photo), (Photo), born 13th December 1997, presently (2013) studying at the Doon School, Dehradun; he is a National Junior Champion in Pistol shooting and has represented India at the International level, he was a member of the Indian contingent that took part in the 2nd Youth Asian Ganes held in China in Aug 2013 and was the Flagbearer for India there; he has now been selected to represent India to participate in the Asian Shooting Championship, to be held in Tehran in Oct 2013.
            • Kumari Bani Kaur, born 14th September 1965, married 29th November 1987, Harjit Singh Ahuja, C.E.O. Forbes, Mumbai; son of Brigadier Gurdial Singh Ahuja, and has issue, two daughters.
              • Anahita Kaur Ahuja, born 1989.
              • Anandita Kaur Ahuja, born 1991.
        • Raja Padamjit Singh, born 1909, educated at Bishop Cotton School, Shimla; and Aitchison College, Lahore; married Padma [Kunwarani Padamjit Singh], daughter of Sardar Bahadur Kishan Singh Rais of Fatehabad, and had issue, three daughters. He died 9th January 1971.
          • Rajkumari Lalita Kumari, born 1932, educated at the Convent of Jesus and Mary, Shimla; and at St Bedes College, Shimla; married Lt.-Gen. Inderjit Khanna, served in the Indian Army (4th Guards), and has issue, two daughters.
            • Kumari Ilika Nandini, born 1961, married Sardar Jagdeep Singh Mann, son of Sardar Charanjiv Singh Mann of Kot Shera.
            • Kumari Shailaja Nandini, born 1964.
          • Rajkumari Anita Singh, born 1939, educated at the Convent of Jesus and Mary, Shimla; and at St Bedes College, Shimla; founder of the Indian Music Society, Member of the Kapurthala Heritage Trust, Member of the Governing Council of the Punjabi Academy for the Government of Delhi, Member of the Governing Council of the National Media Centre, Member of the Governing Council of the Punjab Sangeet Natak Academy, Advisor on Culture and Heritage in the Government of Punjab, married (div.) Colonel Jitinder Chaudhary, and has issue, a daughter.
            • Kumari Haripriya, born 27th August 1964, married Sardar Govind Singh Mann, son of Sardar Brijendra Pal Singh Mann of Mogalchak, Agriculturist, and has issue, three sons.
              • Gopal Singh Mann
              • Anant Singh Mann
              • Varad Singh Mann
          • Rajkumari Rama Singh, born 1941, educated at the Convent of Jesus and Mary, Shimla; and at St Bedes College, Shimla; married Mohindar Puri, President of the Punjab, Haryana and Delhi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, President of Mohindar Puri and Co., and had issue, one son.
            • Ambuj Puri, born 1980, died 1992 at Shimla.
      • Kumari (name unknown) (elder daughter), married Sardar Amar Singh of Patiala, and had issue, four daughters.
      • Kumari (name unknown) (younger daughter), married Sardar Devinder Singh of Gurdasar, and had issue, two sons and one daughter.
        • Sardar Brijnandan Singh
        • Sardar Prithinandan Singh, Inspector General of Police Kashmir (retd.)
        • Bibi Sukhnandan Kaur, married Dr. P. C. Hoon of the Doon School Dehra Dun, and had issue, three sons and one daughter.
    • Kanwar Suchet Singh, born 1837, married 1stly, 5th February 1852, and had issue. He died 1901.
      • The Hon. Raja Sardar Charanjit Singh, born 1883, Raja [cr.1932], married and had issue. He died 1970.
        • Rajkumar Ajit Singh, born 18th April 1901, educated at Harrow 1915/1918.
        • Rajkumar Sarabjit Singh, born 3rd August 1902, educated at Eton College, married and had issue.
          • Kumari Devika Sarabjit Singh, married H.E. Ambassador J. N. Dhamija, died 1999, and has issue, two sons.
            • Dinesh Dhamija, born 1950, educated at King's School, Canterbury and at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge; married Tani Malhotra, and has issue, two sons.
              • Biren Dhamija, educated at Harrow and London University.
              • Darun Dhamija, educated at Harrow and London University.
            • Sumant Dhamija, born 1952, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer, at King's School, Canterbury and at Emmanuel College, Cambridge; author of 'Jassa Singh Ahluwalia (1718-83) Forgotten Hero of Punjab' (Social Science Press 2011), a biography of the first Maharaja of Kapurthala; married Iqrup Singh, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
              • Ritika Aiysha Dhamija, born 24th January 1984, educated at Oxford University 2004/2006, afterwards employed with Barclays Capital, London; married Philippos Kassimatis.
              • Udai Dhamija, born 19th April 1998, educated at Eton College, at Trinity College, Dublin and at University of Washington, Seattle.
        • Lt.-Col. Rajkumar Ripjit Singh, born about 1907, married Rajkumar Rani Naina Devi (Nilina Sen), died November 1993 aged 76, grand daughter of Maharishi Keshub Chandra Sen (see Sen family), and had issue. He died 1949.
          • Kumari Nilika Ripjitsingh
          • Kanwar Karanjit Singh
          • Kumari Reena Ripjitsingh
          • Kanwar Ratanjit Singh, married Kanwarani Pronoti Devi, daughter of Sailen Prasad Barooah, an aristrocrat from the foremost and renowned family of Assam (Jorhat), and has issue.
            • (name unknown) Singh, married the daughter of Kanwar Akshob Singh of Kashipur.
        • Kumari Pamela Devi [Kunwarani Pamela Prasada of Shahjehanpur], born 1916, married Kunwar Jyoti Prasada, Zamindar of Shahjehanpur, and had issue. She died 2002.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married Sardar Diwan Singh of Makandpur (Nikandpur), and had issue. She died 1845.
      • Sardar Bhagat Singh
  • HH Raja-i-Rajgan Raja Sir RANDHIR SINGH Bahadur, Raja of Kapurthala 1852/1870, G.C.S.I. [1864], born in March 1831, he was granted the title of Raja-Rajgan in 1862; married 1stly, 21st February 1848, Rani (name unknown), died 1853, married 2ndly, Rani (name unknown), died 1857, married 3rdly, Rani (name unknown) [Lady Randhir Singh], born 1846 (#6), and had issue. He died 2nd April 1870 at Aden.
    • HH Raja-i-Rajgan Kharak Singh Bahadur (by 1st wife)(see below)
    • Hon. Raja Sir Harnam Singh K.C.I.E. (by 1st wife), born 15th November 1851, he managed the Kapurthala Estates in Oudh for 18 years; Member of Council of Governor-General of India and of the Imperial Legislative Council 1899/1901; Legislative Council of Punjab 1901/1903; Member of the Hemp Drugs Commission in 1892; Honourary Life Secretary of the British India Association of Taluqdars of Oudh; Fellow of Punjab University; Member of Council of State for India; President of the National Missionary Society of India; he was created a C.I.E. in 1885 and elevated to a K.C.I.E. on 31st December 1898 in recognition of his various public services, he was granted the title of Raja as a personal distinction on 1st January 1907, it was made hereditary on 2nd January 1922; he was awarded the Delhi Durbar Silver Medals in 1903 and 1911; married 1875, Kanwar Rani Sahiba, and had issue, seven sons and one daughter. He died 20th May 1930.
      • Rajkumar Raghbir Singh C.B.E., born 1876, educated at Harrow 1890/1894.
      • Raja Sir Maharaj Singh, born 17th May 1878 in Kapurthala, C.I.E. [cr.1915], Kt. [cr.1933], C.St.J. [cr.1937]; Governor of Bombay 1948/1952; educated at Harrow 1891/1896 and at Balliol College, Oxford (B.A. 1900, M.A. 1910); called to the Bar Middle Temple 1902; appointed Deputy Collector, United Provinces, India 1904; Assistant Registrar, Co-operative Credit Societies 1908 (Officiating Registrar 1909/10); Assistant Secretary, Department of Education 1911; Senior Assistant Secretary 1915; Magistrate and Collector 1917; Secretary to Government of United Provinces 1919; Deputy Secretary to Government of India 1920; Deputy Commissioner United Provinces 192; Chief Minister of Jodhpur State 1931; Agent to Government of India in South Africa 1932; Member of the Executive Council in UP 1935/1937; Chancellor of Lucknow University 1941; briefly Prime Minister of Kashmir; he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal in 1935, the King George VI Coronation Medal in 1937 and the Indian Independence Medal in 1947; in cricket he is noted for being both the oldest cricketer to make his first class debut and the oldest player to play the first class game (aged 72); married February 1918, Rani Gunwati Maya Das, and had issue, two sons and one daughter. He died 6th June 1959 in Lucknow (#2).
        • Raja Ranbir Singh, born 11th June 1919, educated at Bishops School in South Africa and Balliol College, Oxford. A diplomat for the Indian government serving as a Charge D’Affaires in Tokyo, Cairo, The Hague and Dublin, married 1stly, married 2ndly (div.), 22nd April 1967, Catherine Auriole Lycett Green, born 23rd April 1935, daughter of Commander David Cecil Lycett Green, and his first wife, Angela Courage, and had issue. He died in June 1996 in New Delhi.
          • Raja Jai Singh, educated at Harrow School 1965/1970, living in Florida, USA .
          • Rajkumar Pratap Singh, educated at Harrow School 1968/1972, living in Bath, England, married and has issue, one son and one daughter.
          • Rajkumari Xenia Ranbirsingh, born 9th June 1968, engaged January 2005 to the Hon. Thomas Philip Watson, born 1958, son of the late 3rd Baron Manton and of Mary Baroness Manton (#1).
          • Rajkumari Tamara Catherine Singh, born 6th May 1970.
          • Rajkumari Alexia India Singh, born 1972.
        • Rajkumari Prem Kaur, living in Lucknow, India, married and has issue.
          • Arun Seth
          • Arati Seth
        • Rajkumar Mahindar Singh, married and had issue. He died 15th August 2004 in Chandigarh.
          • Kumari Nihar Kaur (Nihar Das), married 1992, Proshant Das, and has issue, two sons. (Chandigarh, India)
            • Siddhant Das
            • Vikrant Das
      • Rajkumar Shamsher Singh, born 1879.
      • Rajkumar Rajinder Singh, born 1881, died 1882/1883.
      • Rajkumar Inderjit Singh, born 1883, died 1914.
      • Rajkumar Jasbir Singh, born 1885, married and had issue.
        • Lt. Kunwar Arjan Singh [Billy], a well known conservationist, born 15th August 1917 in Gorakhpur, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the British Indian Army and fought in WWII, retiring in 1946 as a Lieutenant, on his return to India he purchased a farm on the edge of Dudhwa National Park; he has been honoured with a number of awards for his conservation efforts, including the Padma Shri (1995), World Wildlife gold medal (1996), the Order of the Golden Ark (1997), and the lifetime award for tiger conservation (1999), the 28th J. Paul Getty Wildlife Conservation Prize (2005) in "recognition of his outstanding contributions to the protection of tigers and the Dudhwa reserve", and the Padma Bhushan (2006); Author of (amongst others), Tara: The Tigress (1981), The Legend of the Man-Eater (1993), Tiger Haven (1998), Prince of Cats (2001) and Watching India's Wildlife (2004). He died February 2010.
        • Kunwar Balram Singh (+), married Kanwarani Mira (+)
      • The Hon'ble Hon. Rajkumari Amrit Kaur D.St.J.Kanwar Dalip Singh, born 1885.
      • Hon. Rajkumari Amrit Kaur D.St.J., a politician and social activist, born 2nd February 1889 in Kapurthala Palace, Lucknow (#7), educated at Sherborne School for Girls in Dorset, England, and at Oxford University, England; she was Secretary, to Mahatma Gandhi for 18 years; Social Section Secretary, All India Womens Conference, 1930; Chairwoman, All India Women's Conference, 1931-1933; President, All India Womens Conference, 1938; Chairwoman, All India Womens Fund Association, 1937-1941 and again since 1946; member of the Indian delegation to UNESCO conferences in London in 1945 and Paris in 1946; first woman member, Advisory Board of Education (Government of India) from inception till her resignation in protest in August 1942, she was re-appointed in 1946; Member, Board of Trustees, All India Spinners' Association; member of the Indian Delegation to UNESCO, to London, in November 1945 and as Deputy Leader to Paris, 1946; she was leader of the Indian Delegation to W.H.O. conference in 1948 and 1949; Union Minister of Health 1947/1957; Union Minister of Health and Communications 1951/1952; Member of the Lok Sabha 1952/1957; Member of the Rajya Sabha 1957/1964; Chief Commissioner, St. John Ambulance Brigade and Founder-Member and Chairman, Managing Body of Indian Red Cross Society for fourteen years;one of the Trustees of the Gandhi Memorial Fund; President, All-India Committee of Social Work for 1948-1949; President of the World Health Assembly 1950 and the International Red Cross Conference, New Delhi 1957; President, National Sports Club of India; she founded the Tuberculosis Association of India and the Central Leprosy Teaching and Research Institute in Madras; Vice-President, United Council for Relief and Welfare, New Delhi; served as the Chairperson of the All India Women’s Education Fund Association; member of the Executive Committee of Lady Irwin College in New Delhi; she helped establish the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, and became its first president; she also founded the Rajkumari Amrit Kaur College of Nursing; President of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the Tuberculosis Association of India, and the St. John’s Ambulance Corps till her death; she was keenly interested in sports, and won many Tennis Championships in Simla and Lahore; Author: To Women ; Challenge to Women; she was awarded the Rene Sand Memorial Award. She died unmarried, 10th February 1964. ('Manorville,' Simla West, Himachal Pradesh, India)
    • Kumari (name unknown) (by 1st wife), born 1850, married 1863, Sardar Buta Singh Sirnanwi.
    • Rajkumar (name unknown) (by 2nd wife), died aged 2 months.
    • Princess Melvina Randhir Singh Ahloowalia (by 3rd wife), born in or about 1860. (16 Redcliffe Road, London, England)(#6)
    • Princess Helen Randhir Singh Ahloowalia (by 3rd wife), born in or about 1864. (16 Redcliffe Road, London, England)(#6)
  • HH Raja-i-Rajgan KHARAK SINGH Bahadur, Raja of Kapurthala 1870/1877, born in August 1849, installed on the gaddi on 12th May 1870, married and had issue, one son. He died 5th September 1877 at Bhagsu and was cremated at Kapurthala.
    • Col. HH Farzand i-Dilband Rasikhul-Itiqad Daulat-i-Inglishia Raja-i-Rajgan Maharaja Sir Jagatjit Singh Sahib Bahadur (qv)
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                    Maharaja Sir JAGATJIT SINGH Bahadur (1872-1949)Col. HH Farzand i-Dilband Rasikhul-Itiqad Daulat-i-Inglishia Raja-i-Rajgan Maharaja Sir JAGATJIT SINGH Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Kapurthala 1877/1949, born in September 1872 (#5) or 24th November 1872 (#3), assumed full ruling powers in November 1890, K.C.S.I. [cr.1897], G.C.S.I. [cr.1911], G.C.I.E. [cr.1921], G.B.E. [cr.1927], Maharaja [cr.1911], awarded a salute of 13 guns (15 guns personal), Honorary Colonel of the 45th (Rattreys' Sikhs) in the Indian Army, and was promoted to be a Brigadier early in 1943, awarded the Grand Cross of Legion of Honour of France [1924], Grand Cordon of of Order of the Nile, and Grand Cross of Orders of Cuba, Chile, Peru and Morocco, Representative of the League of Nations Assembly in 1926, 1927 and 1929, appointed Up-Rajpramukh of PEPSU, married 1stly, 16th April 1886 (#3), HH Maharani Harbans Kaur, daughter of Mian Ranjit Singh Guleria of Poprola, married 2ndly, a Princess of a Katoch Rajput family from Kangra, married 3rdly, a Princess of a Rajput family from Bushahr, died sp in 1959 in Kapurthala, married 4thly, Rani Kanari, married 5thly, 28th January 1908 (div.), Maharani Prem Kaur [née Anita Delgado], born 1890 in Malaga, Spain, died 7th July 1962, married 6thly, 1942, Maharani Tara Devi [née Evgeniya Grosupova], daughter of a Czech Count, and his wife, Nina Grosupova, an actress, she commited suicide by jumping off the Qutub Minar in Delhi, and had issue. He died 19th June 1949 (#4).
    • HH Farzand i-Dilband Rasikhul-Itiqad Daulat-i-Inglishia Raja-i-Rajgan Maharaja Paramjit Singh Sahib Bahadur (by Maharani Harbans Kaur) (qv)
    • Maharajkumar Mahijit Singh (by Maharani Harbans Kaur), born June 1893, Manager of the Kapurthala estate in Oudh, Minister of Government in U.P. of Agra and Oudh, married Maharajkumari Anar Devi of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh, and had issue. He died 1932.
      • Rajkumari Usha Devi [later Rani Usha Devi of Dada-Siba], born 25th October 1919 in Kapurthala, married the late Raja Harmahendra Singh of Dada-Siba in Kangra, died May 2000, and had issue. She died 3rd October 2004 at New Delhi.
    • Lt.Col. Maharajkumar Amarjit Singh (by the Katochni Rani), born 5th August 1893, C.I.E. [cr.1935], educated at Oxford College (Master of Arts), Vice-President of the State Council and Household Minister to the Maharaja. He served in the Indian Army in France from 1914 to 1916 and was promoted to the rank of Lt. Col. in the Indian Army in 1943, married Rani Sonia Amarjit Singh, died 4th July 1947. He died in September 1944 at Srinagar.
    • Maharajkumar Karamjit Singh (by Rani Kanari), born 1896 at Kapurthala, educated at Harrow 1910/1913 and in France, appointed Vice President of State Council in 1944, married 1928, Maharajkumari Sita Devi, born 1915, died 2002 in New Delhi, daughter of Raja Uday Raj Singh of Kashipur, and had issue. He died 7th June 1967.
      • Rajkumar Shri Arun Singh, born 29th August 1944, B.A. (Hons.), M.A. (Cantab), educated at Doon School, Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal, passing out in 1960, graduated from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University in 1964, Member of the Rajya Sabha [3.4.1984] - [17.8.1988], Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister 1984/1985, Union Minister of State, Department of Defence Research and Development, 1985/1987; married Shrimati Kunwarani Nina Singh and has issue, two sons and one daughter. (St. Helen’s Cottage, Mussoorie, Uttar Ranchal, India)
        • Kumari Devaki Kaur, born 1968 at New Delhi, married 1st October 2006 at New Delhi, Marakand Paranjape, son of Ramchandra Laxman and Prabhavati Paranjape.
        • Kunwar Hanut Singh, born 1970, married 1999 at New Delhi, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bhalla.
        • Kunwar Anirudh Singh, born 1975 in New Delhi.
      • Rajkumar Martand Singh, born 1947 at Kapurthala, educated at Doon School, Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal, passing out in 1963, graduated from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University in 1967.
    • Maharajkumar Ajit Singh (by Anita), born 26th April 1908, educated at Clifton College, Bristol from April 1922 to December 1924, at St Catherine's College, Cambridge University (University Boxing colours, B.A. 1931) and at the Military Academy, Dehra Dun; he served with the Paramijit Infantry, Kapurthala Internal Security 1939/1942, and as Attaché to the Indian Government Trade Commission to South America 1942/1946, died unmarried 1982, having issue, one daughter by Zahra Ajami.
      • Maha Akhtar, born 1965, worked for a while as a production assistant for The Cure, the British new wave rock band, and then for 15 years in New York with veteran CBS news anchor Dan Rather, she begab studying flamenco in 1996, and became a professional flamenco dancer in 2005.
    • HH Rani Amrit Kaur (by Rani Kanari), born 1904, married 8th February 1923, Maj. HH Raja Sir Joginder Sen Bahadur of Mandi, and had issue. She died 1948.
  • HH Farzand i-Dilband Rasikhul-Itiqad Daulat-i-Inglishia Raja-i-Rajgan Maharaja PARAMJIT SINGH Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Kapurthala 1949/1955, born 18th May 1892, educated at Harrow 1906/1907, granted the title of Tikka Raja by the British authorities, President of the State Council, Colonel-in-Chief of the Paramjit Infantry, married 1stly, HH Maharani Brinda Devi of Jubbal, born 11th January 1892 in Jubbal, author of an autobiography, "Maharani" with Elaine Williams, written in 1951 and later reprinted in 2001 and given a new title,"Maharani --- the Memoirs of a Rebellious Princess". She was widely travelled person who knew Heads of State and famous Hollywood Stars, died May 1962 at Woodville Palace, Simla, married 2ndly, in 1932, Tikka Rani Sahiba Lilawati Devi of Kangra, died aged 21, married 3rdly, July 1937, Maharani Narinder Kaur [née Stella Mudge aka Beady], born 13th October 1904 in Carlton, Kent, died 23rd February 1984 in Delhi, and had issue. He died 1955.
    • Maharajkumari Indira Devi (1912-1979)Maharajkumari Indira Devi (Princess Indee) (by Maharani Brinda Devi), born 26th February 1912 at Kapurthala, worked in the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London as a news reader from 1945 to 1968, died unmarried 1979 in Ibitza, Spain.
    • Maharajkumari Sushila Devi (Princess Shushu) (by Maharani Brinda Devi), born 14th December 1918 at Kapurthala, married 19th February 1942 (div. 1958), Raja Giriraj Saran Singh of Bharatpur, and had issue. She died 1974 in Simla.
    • Maharajkumari Ourmilla Devi (Princess Moumou) (by Maharani Brinda Devi) [Rajkumar Rani Ourmilla Devi of Jubbal], born 29th November 1919 at Kapurthala, married Lt.-Col. Rajkumar Birendra Singh of Jubbal.
    • Maharajkumari Ash Kaur (by Tikka Rani Sahiba Lilawati Devi), born October 1933 at Kapurthala, married 1958 (div.), Mr. Hari Bhagat of New Delhi, and has issue.
      • Prithvi Raj Singh Bhagat, born 1959.
    • Brig. HH Farzand i-Dilband Rasikhul-Itiqad Daulat-i-Inglishia Raja-i-Rajgan Maharaja Sri Sukhjit Singh Sahib Bahadur (by Tikka Rani Sahiba Lilawati Devi) (qv)
  • Brig. HH Farzand i-Dilband Rasikhul-Itiqad Daulat-i-Inglishia Raja-i-Rajgan Maharaja SUKHJIT SINGH Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Kapurthala (see above)

The assistance of Kanwar Uday Singh of Jubbal is gratefully acknowledged, April 2005.

The assistance of Kanwar Vishvjit Singh of Kapurthala, regarding the family of Kanwar Bikrama Singh, is gratefully acknowledged, June 2005.
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