|PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
Originally it was the Kingdom of Upper Sindh, with an area
of over 50,000 kmē. Khairpur State was founded in 1783,
with the capital developed in 1786. It's status was
reduced to that of a Princely State in 1838, when the
British took over the foreign affairs. The gun salute was
reduced from 19 to 17 and then to 15, as the area of the
state diminished to 15,670 kmē. Khairpur closed its mint
and currency in 1903 and gave legal tender to the British
imperial currency in order to utilize the benefit of the
economic market of the empire. The state was forcefully
merged with Pakistan on 14th October 1955 in violation of
the treaty of accession. His Highness the Mir of Khairpur
maintains a military force of 700 cavalry, 774 infantry,
and 32 guns, and is entitled to a salute of 19 guns
(including 4 guns personal) (as of 1892). Rulers were...
- HM Mir SOHRAB KHAN,
1st Mir of Khairpur 1783/1811 (abdicated), he
maintained his own currency which was separate to that
of Lower Sindh, he gradually increased his dominions
until they extended from the Jaisalmer Desert on the
east to Kachh Gandava in Baluchistan on the west; he
married and had issue. He died 1832.
- HM Mir Rustam Ali Khan (qv)
- Mir Ghulam Haidar Khan
- Mir Mubarak Ali Khan (qv)
- Mir Chakkar Khan
HM Mir RUSTAM ALI
KHAN, 2nd Mir of Khairpur 1811/1843
(abdicated), born 1785, he ceased to pay tribute to
Afghanistan in 1813, and in 1832, Khairpur was
recognised as a separate State from the rest of Sind,
in a treaty with the British Power; married and had
issue. He died 1846.
- HH Mir Sir Ali Murad Khan I (qv)
- Mir Ali Mardan Khan, born 13th July 1813, married
and had issue.
- Mir Mehrab Khan Talpur
- Mir Khudadad Khan Talpur
Mir MUBARAK ALI KHAN 1829/1839 (in rebellion)
Mir NASER KHAN 1839/- (in rebellion)
HH Mir Sir ALI
MURAD KHAN I G.C.I.E., 3rd Mir of Khairpur
1843/1894, born 28th June 1815 (#1), he succeeded to
the gadi on
20th December 1842 (#1),
he cordially supported the British policy during the
first Afghan war, consequently, when the victory of
Miani effected the conquest of Sind, and the rest of
Sind was annexed and incorporated in the British
territory, the State of Khairpur retained its
political existence as a feudatory of the Empire; in
1866 a sanad
was granted to His Highness, guaranteeing the
succession according to Muhammadan law; he was created
Knight Grand Commander of the Most Eminent Order of
the Indian Empire (G.C.I.E.) in 1891, married and had
issue, six sons, four of whom died young. He died 2nd
- Mir Shahnawaz Khan Talpur, eldest son, he died vp.
- Mir Faiz Muhammed Khan I, second and only
surviving son (qv)
- Mir Jan Muhammed Khan Talpur, he died vp.
- Mir Ghulam Haidar Talpur, he died vp.
HH Mir Sir FAIZ
MUHAMMED KHAN I G.C.I.E., 4th Mir of Khairpur
1894/1909, born 1837, G.C.I.E. [cr.1897], married and
had issue. He died 6th March 1909 (#3)
or 5th March 1909 (#6 p.55).
- HH Mir Sir Imam Bujsh Khan, eldest and only
surviving son (qv)
HH Mir Sir IMAM
BUKSH KHAN G.C.I.E., 5th Mir of Khairpur
1909/1921, born 1860, he was conferred with the
Honorary rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in 1918, in
recognition of his services rendered during WWI;
G.C.I.E. [cr.1911], married and had issue. He died 8th
February 1921 (#4)(#6 p.55).
- HH Mir Ali Nawaz Khan (qv)
- Mir Ali Muhammad Khan, married and had issue. He
died before 1931.
- Mir Muhammad Ali Khan, born 19th January 1909.
- Mir Nazir Hussein Khan, born 15th February 1911.
- Major Mir Ghulam Ali Khan, born 8th November 1891
(#6 p.55), educated at
Aitchison Chiefs' College, Lahore, earning there a
Gold Medal for excellence, and at Cambridge
University; he earned a commission in His Majesty's
Forces in 1914 and saw active service in France and
Palestine; he was also an Honorary Lieutenant in the
HH Mir ALI NAWAZ
KHAN, 6th Mir of Khairpur 1921/1935, born 9th
August 1884 (#6 p.55),
educated at Aitchison Chiefs' College, Lahore and with
the Imperial Cadet Corps, Dehra Dun; Member of the
Chamber of Princes; married and had issue. He died
25th December 1935.
HH Mir FAIZ
MUHAMMED KHAN II, 7th Mir of Khairpur
1935/1947, born 4th January 1913 (#6
p.55) and succeeded to the musnaid in
December 1935 (#5),
educated at Mayo College, Ajmer; married and had
issue. He died 1954.
HH Mir ALI MURAD
KHAN II, 8th Mir of Khairpur (see above)
The help of John Duncan McMeekin, is gratefully
acknowledged, January 2011.