The founder of the dynasty was Sardar Jassa Singh, from the villiage of Ahlu, near Lahore. He seized Kapurthala from Ibrahim Bhatti in 1777, thus founded the fortunes of the Royal house. Before his death, he had expanded his domains to the banks of the Jumna river. His cousin and successor was unable to hold onto all of the territory inherited from Jassa. However, his own son, Fateh Singh, was able to rebuild his legacy by joining forces with Ranjit Singh. The latter broke his agreements and forced Fateh Singh into a position of submission. He therefore sought an alliance with the British, left Kapurthala and placed himself under British protection at Jagraon. Ranjit singh promtly siezed much of his Kapurthala territory. More misfortune befell the house when the troops of Raja Nihal Singh failed to keep faith with his treaty obligations and revolted against the British during the first Sikh War of 1845. His territories south of the Sutlej were duely confiscated. By rendering distingusihed service during the Indian Mutiny of 1857, Raja Randhir Singh was able to restore much of the fortunes of his house. He received vast lands in the province of Oudh, yielding revenues equal in value to his own state of Kapurthala itself. He also had certain jagir lands in the Amritsar and Lahore districts returned to him.

13-guns (15-guns local).

Azure on a fesse or a field-piece gules; in chief a sun between two stars, in base a lotus bud and two leaves of the second. Crest: A sword erect proper hilted or. Supporters: Elephant proper and a horse sable. Motto: "Pro Rege et Patria" (For King and country). Lambrequins: Azure and or.

The ruling prince: Farzand-i-Dilband Rasikh-al-Iqtidad-i-Daulat-i-Inglishia, Raja-i-Rajagan, Maharaja (personal name) Singh Bahadur, Maharaja of Kapurthala, with the style of His Highness.
The (recognised) consort of the ruling prince: Maharani (personal name) Sahiba, with the style of Her Highness.
The other wives of the ruling prince: Rani (personal name) Sahiba.
The Heir Apparent: Sri Tikka Raja (personal name) Singh.
The wife of the Heir Apparent: Sri Tikka Rani (personal name) Sahiba.
The younger sons of the ruling prince: Maharajkumar Sri (personal name) Singh.
The daughters of the ruling prince: Maharajkumari Bibiji (personal name).
The wives of the younger sons of the ruling prince: Maharajkumarani (personal name) Sahiba.
The grandsons of the ruling prince, in the male line: Rajkumar Sri (personal name) Singh.
The wives of the grandsons of the ruling prince, in the male line: Kanwarani (personal name) Sahiba.
The great-grandsons of the ruling prince, and more remote male descendants in the male line: Kanwar (personal name) Singh.
The wives of great-grandsons of the ruling prince, and more remote male descendants in the male line: Kanwarani (personal name).

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Male primogeniture.

Bahadur: honourable.
Dharamvir: defender of the faith, or of law.
Farzand-i-Dilband Rasikh-al-Iqtidad-i-Daulat-i-Inglishia: beloved and trusty son of the English nation.
Raja-i-Rajgan: prince of princes.
Rajpramukh: constitutional head of state.
Sardar: noble, commander.
Sultan ul-Qaum: ruler of the nation.


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Raja Brijendra Singh, Raja of Dada-Siba.
Maharajkumari Bibiji Gayatri Devi.
David Hodges.
Emmanuel Halleux.
Father Lawrence Ober, SJ.
Steve Ruelberg.
Mukuljit Singh.
Rajbir Singh.
Kanwar Uday Singh, of Jubbal.
Shri Vishvjit Prithvijit Singh (family of Kanwar Bikrama Singh).
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