MAHMUDABAD (Taluq)


VILLAGES: 420 plus 114 pattis REVENUE: xx ACCESSION: xx
STATE: Oudh (Sitapur Dist.)
DYNASTY: Shaikh Sadiki (Khanzada) RELIGION: Shi'a Muslim (1838)



PRESENT RULER: Nawab Raja MOHAMMED AMIR MOHAMMED KHAN [Sulaiman Khan] Khan Bahadur Khan, Amirul Omara, Saeedul Mulk, Muzzafar Jung, Ghanzanfaru-daula, Taluqdar of Mahmudabad since 1973
educated at Aldenham public school and then went onto Imperial College London and Pembroke college at Cambridge University, married Rani Vijay, and has issue.
  • Rajkumar Mohammed Amir Ahmed Khan, born 1982, educated at La Matinere College, Lucknow and at Winchester College public school in England, keen equestrian and has represented his school and university in squash.
  • Rajkumar Mohammed Amir Hasan Khan, born 1986, educated at Winchester College public school in England, like his brother, he is a keen equestrian and has also represented his school in squash.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The family is descended from Qazi Nasrullah, who was the Chief Qazi of the Caliph of Baghdad, and who came to India as an ambassador in the court of Shaheb-ud-din, and settled at Amroha. His descendant became commander for Mohammad Bin Tughlaq in 1345, and was rewarded with a large Jagir in Awadh. Later his great grandson was granted the hereditary titles of Nawab and Khan Bahadur by Padshah Akbar as a reward for winning a battle against Hemu. Rulers were...
  • Shaukh Ghulam Mustafa, married and had issue.
    • Nawab Daud Khan, married and had issue. He died 1569.
      • Nawab Mahmud Khan, married and had issue.
        • Nawab Bayezid Khan (continued below)
      • Nawab Saiyid Khan of Paintipur
    • Shah Muhammad of Bhatwamau
  • Nawab Bahadur BAZID KHAN Umdat ul-Ma'ali Amir ul-Mulk Ghazanfar ud-daula Muzaffar Jang, founder of Mahmudabad, he was Faujdar of Jaunpur, and is said to have received a large jagir in Sitapur and Bara Banki, married and had issue, three sons, who divided the property between them.
    • Nawab Inayat Khan of Bilahra (qv)
    • Nawabzada Fateh Khan of Sudrawan
    • Nawabzada Hidayat Khan [aka? Bidayat Khan] of Mahmudabad, married and had issue.
      • Khalil ur-Rahman, married and had issue.
        • Sahibzada Hidayatullah, married and had issue.
          • Sahibzadi (name unknown) Begum, married Sahibzada Amin Khan, and had issue (see below).
          • Sahibzadi (name unknown) Begum, married Nawab Muhammad Ikram Ali Khan (qv)
  • Nawab INAYAT KHAN, Nawab of Bilahra, he served as Commander in the army of Padshah Jahangir, and was granted the titles of Umadatul Malli, Amirul-Mulk, Ghanzanfer-ud-daullah, Muzaffar Jung, married and had issue, five sons.
    • Nawab Muhammad Qayum Khan (qv)
    • Nawabzada Aulia Khan, married and had issue.
      • Sahibzada Muhammad Dildar Khan
      • Sahibzada Amin Khan, married the elder daughter of Sahibzada Hidayatullah (see above), and had issue
        • Sahibzadi (name unknown) Begum, married Nawab Muhammad Mazhar Ali Khan (see below), and had issue.
  • Nawab MUHAMMAD QAYUM KHAN, Nawab of Mahmudabad, married and had issue.
    • Nawab Muhammad Marahmat Khan (qv)
  • Nawab MUHAMMAD MARAHMAT KHAN, Nawab of Mahmudabad, Naib Nazim of Awadh; married and had issue.
    • Nawabzada Bedar Bakht
    • Nawab Muhammad Imam Khan (qv)
    • Nawabzada Ghulam Husain

  • Nawab MUHAMMAD IMAM KHAN, Nawab of Mahmudabad, married married a Shi'i Shaykhzadah woman, and had issue, two sons, who inherited a divided state. He died in the 1760's.
    • Nawab Muhammad Ikram Ali Khan (qv)
    • Nawab Muhammad Mazhar Ali Khan, converted to Shi'ism, inheriting the smaller portion of the estate in Belehra, Bara Banki Dist., married the two surviving heiress's of Hidayat Khan, and had issue, the Rajas of Bilehra and Paintipur. He died in the 1790's.
      • Nawab Amir Ali Khan, Nawab of Bilehra, married and had issue.
        • Raja Ibad Ali Khan, the Raja of Paintipur, married and had issue. He died 1870.
          • Raja Muhammad Abul Hasan Khan, Raja of Bilehra 1870/1918, married and had issue. He died 1918.
            • Rani Kaniz Abid, Rani of Bilehra 1918/- , born 26th December 1909, she succeeded to the estate on 28th November 1918,
        • Nawab Ali Khan, youngest son, he was adopted by the widow of Raja Musahib Ali Khan, and succeeded as Nawab Ali Khan, Nawab of Mahmudabad (see below)
  • Nawab MUHAMMAD IKRAM ALI KHAN, Nawab of Mahmudabad, he remained Sunni, married and had issue, two sons. He died about 1775.
    • Raja Sarfraz Ali Khan (qv)
    • Raja Musahib Ali Khan (qv)

  • Raja SARFRAZ ALI KHAN, Raja of Mahmudabad, died sp.

  • Raja MUSAHIB ALI KHAN, Raja of Mahmudabad, built up his holdings to 232 villages and established good relations with the Awadh court by supporting it against rebels, although he remained a Sunni, he initiated mourning rites for the Imam Husayn in a building inside the fort at Sitapur. He died spm in 1810 (1819).

  • Rani (name unknown), Rani of Mahmudabad 1810/1838, she adopted Nawab Ali Khan, a relative from the Belhra branch in 1836, she died 1838.

  • Raja MUHAMMAD NAWAB ALI KHAN Muqim ud-daula Qaim Jang, Raja of Mahmudabad 1838/1858, adopted from Bellehra, he was granted the title of Raja as a hereditary distinction in 1850, as well as the titles of Muqim-ud-Daula and Qaim Jung by the King of Awadh in 1852, he fought against the British in the 1857 war of independence, but submitted shortly before his death; married and had issue. He died 1858.
    • Amiruddaula Saidul ul-Mulk Mumtaz Jung Raja Sir Muhammed Amir Hasan Khan, Khan Bahadur Khan Amirul Omara Saeedul Mulk Muzzafar Jung Ghanzanfaru-daula (qv)

  • Amiruddaula Saidul ul-Mulk Mumtaz Jung Raja Sir MUHAMMED AMIR HASAN KHAN, Khan Bahadur Khan Amirul Omara Saeedul Mulk Muzzafar Jung Ghanzanfaru-daula K.C.I.E., Raja of Mahmudabad 1858/1902, born 1849, educated at Sitapur School, at Benares College and at Canning College; he took over management of the Taluq in March 1867, Vice-President from 1871 then President of the British Indian Association 1882/1890, Vice President of the British Indian Association 1871/1877 and 1897/1900; he was an Honorary Magistrate, Munsif and Assistant Commissioner; he was granted the titles of Amir ud-daula, Said ul-Mulk and Mumtaz Jang in 1871 as a mark of recognition of his public services; the title of Raja was recognized as hereditary on 4th December 1877; he was granted the title of Khan Bahadur as a hereditary distinction on 5th March 1884; K.C.I.E. [cr.1893]; married and had issue, two sons and two daughters. He died 1903.
    • Hon. Maharaja Khan Bahadur Sir Mohammed Ali Mohammed Khan, Khan Bahadur Amirul Omara Saeedul Mulk Muzaffar Jung Ghanzanfar ud-daula (qv)
    • Rajkumari Banib Zaadi Mohammad-un-Nisa Begum, died sp.
    • Rajkumari Banib Zaal Begum, died sp.
    • Rajkumar Mohammad Ali Ahmed Khan, died sp.

  • Hon. Maharaja Sir MOHAMMED ALI MOHAMMED KHAN, Khan Bahadur Khan Amirul Omara Saeedul Mulk Muzzafar Jung Ghanzanfaru-daula K.C.S.I., K.C.I.E., Raja of Mahmudabad 1903/1931, born 5th June 1877 or in May 1879 in Amrota, Sitapur District, he was appointed a Member of the Council of the Lieutenant-Governor on 14th December 1904; an Honorary Magistrate within the limits of his estate, an Honorary Munsif for the parganas of Mahmudabad and Kondri South; he was appointed a Fellow of Allahabad University in 1906; Member of the Council of State; first Home Member in the U.P. Government; he was appointed the first Vice Chancellor of Muslim University, Aligarh, though he subsequently resigned; he was granted the title of Maharaja as a personal distinction on 3rd June 1925; K.C.S.I. [cr.1923], C.S.I. [cr.1922], K.C.I.E. [cr. 1.1.1909]; married 1stly, 1906, and had issue, five children. He died 23rd March 1931.
    • Maharajkumari Bibi Baqar-un-Nisa
    • Maharajkumari Bibi Sadiq-un-Nisa
    • Nawab Raja Mohammad Amir Ahmed Khan, Khan Bahadur Khan Amirul Omara Saeedul Mulk Muzzafar Jung Ghanzanfaru-daula (qv)
    • Maharajkumar Mohammed Amir Haider Khan, married Maharajkumar Rani Kaniz Ali, and had issue.
      • Shri Mohammad Amir Kazim Khan, born 29th February 1936 in Mahmudabad, educated at London University, B.A. (Hons.) in History, (1969) and M.Sc. (Politics and Sociology), 1979; Councillor, London Borough of Islington 1982/1986; Vice-Chair, Race Relations sub-Committee; ILEA Teacher Research Fellow, Institute of Education 1982/1986; married 22nd September 2000 in London, U.K., Anita Khan, and has issue.
        • Yumna Zahra Nadezhda Khan
    • Maharajkumar Mohammed Mahmud Hasan Khan (by second wife), born 12th December 1921, he was granted the estate of Basaha; he married Kunwar Rani Razia Sultan Begum [Razia Shahzadi], daughter of Nawab Sajid Yar Jung Bahadur, and had issue.
      • Rajkumar Mohammed Amir Naqi Khan, Zamindar of Basaha; Member, Board of Trustees, Shia College, Lucknow; Life member of Anjuman-e-Wazifa Saddat Momineen; Member, Kathak Acharya Lachchu Maharaj Janmotsav Ayojan Samiti; Founder Director Lachchu Maharaj Ballet Centre, U.P.; Member of U.P Tourism Policy and Planning Cell; married Kunwar Rani Kulsum Begum, daughter of Mirza Jawad Ali Baig, and grand daughter of the Late Nawab Raza Yar Jung of Hyderabad (and niece of Salar Jung III), and has issue. (Iqbal Manzil Palace, Wazir Ganj, Lucknow, U.P., India)
        • Kunwar Hussain Abbas Khan
        • Kumari Maliha Khan
        • Kumari Sakina Khan
  • Nawab Raja MOHAMMAD AMIR AHMED KHAN, Khan Bahadur Khan Amirul Omara Saeedul Mulk Muzzafar Jung Ghanzanfaru-daula, Raja of Mahmudabad 1931/1973, born 5th November 1914, educated at Lucknow and then in England, he formed the All India Muslim Students Federation in 1937, served as Honorary Treasurer of the Muslim League for several years, placing all his wealth at its disposal. He migrated to Iraq in 1947 after Independence and later to Pakistan in 1957, but was disillusioned by the political turmoil there; he travelled initially throughout the Middle East and later migrated to the UK, settling down in London where he remained Director of the Islamic Culture Centre from 1968 till his death in 1973; he was an accomplished poet in Urdu and Farsi; he married in 1928, Rani Kaniz Abdi Saheba of Bellehra (collateral branch of the Mahmudabad Royal Family), and had issue. He died 14th October 1973 in London and was buried at Mashhad in Iran. (Mahmudabad House, Clifton Road, Karachi, Pakistan)
    • Rajkumari Amatul Husain Imam
    • Rajkumari Rabab Mehdi
    • Nawab Raja Mohammed Amir Mohammed Khan, Khan Bahadur Khan Amirul Omara Saeedul Mulk Muzzafar Jung Ghanzanfaru-daula (qv)

  • Nawab Raja MOHAMMED AMIR MOHAMMED KHAN, Khan Bahadur Khan Amirul Omara Saeedul Mulk Muzzafar Jung Ghanzanfaru-daula (see above)
OTHER MEMBERS:
  • Raja KAZIM ALI KHAN, Raja of Bellehra, married and had issue.
    • Rajkumar Habib Ali Khan, born 1894 in Bellehra, married 1929 in Lucknow, Munir Fatima, and had issue.
      • Kunwar Mohammed Raza Kazim
      • Kunwar Abul-Hasan Kazim
      • Kunwar Baqir Kazim
1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 p.331