The Sukerchukia Dynasty
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- 1841 -
1843 H.H. Maharajadhiraja Sher Singh Bahadur, Maharaja of
the Punjab. b. at Batala, December 1807, reputed
twin son of H.H. Maharajadhiraja Ranjit Singh Bahadur,
Sher-i-Punjab, Maharaja of the Punjab, by his first wife,
H.H. Maharani Mahtab Kaur Sahiba, but actually the son of
Nahala, a chintz weaver of Mukarian, in the jagir
of Mai Sada Kaur, in Hoshiarpur, educ. privately.
Succeeded on the death of his nephew, as the rightful
heir to the throne of Lahore, 6th November
1840. Proclaimed at Lahore Fort, 18th January
1841. Installed on the gadi at Lahore Fort, 27th
January 1841. m. (first) 1819, Rani Desa
Kaur (d. at Lahore, 1821), daughter of Sardar
Mohar Singh Nakai. m. (second) 1822, H.H. Maharani
Prem Kaur Mai Sahiba (b. 1809; d. at
Lahore, 1874), daughter of Hari Singh, a Varaich Jat,
Lambardar of Ladhewala, Gujranwala district. m.
(third) 1825, H.H. Maharani Bibi Pratap Kaur Sahiba (d.
at Lahore, 23rd August 1857), elder daughter
of General Sardar Jagat Singh Brar, of Kot Kapura. m.
(fourth) 1842, H.H. Maharani Dakno Kaur Mai Sahiba (d.
at Bareily, after 1890), daughter of a Chang zamindar
of Jhujian, Kangra district. m. (i) Rani Dharam
Kaur [Randhavi Rani Sahiba], former wife of his reputed
twin brother, Shahzada Tara Singh Bahadur, and daughter
of Jodh Singh Randhawa, a Jat of Tara, Amritsar dist. m.
(ii) Rani Nand Kaur [Bhitividwali Rani Sahiba] (d.
at Lahore, 1843), former wife of his reputed twin
brother, Shahzada Tara Singh Bahadur, and daughter of
Chanda Singh, of Bhitivid, Amritsar dist. m. (iii)
Rani Zebo Kaur (d.s.p. at Lahore,
1864). He was k. at the Shah Bilaal gardens, by
his cousin, Sardar Ajit Singh Sindhanwalia, 15th
September 1843 (succ. by his younger brother),
having had issue, three sons:
- 1) Shahzada Pratap
Singh Bahadur, Tikka Sahib Bahadur. b. at
Lahore, 1831 (s/o Prem
Kaur), educ. privately. Installed as Heir
Apparent with the title of Tika Sahib Bahadur,
at Lahore Fort, 27th January
1841. He was k. by his cousin, Sardar Ajit
Singh Sindhanwalia, 15th September
- 2) Shahzada Deva Singh
Bahadur. b. at Lahore, 1838 (s/o
Chand Kaur). He d. 1874.
- 3) Shahzada Shahdeo
Singh Bahadur, of Pundrik-Ganeshpur. b. at
Lahore, 1844 (s/o Dakno Kaur), educ.
privately. He left the Punjab in
1849 and accompanied his uncle to England in
1854, but eventually settled in Oudh in 1861.
Granted a personal jagir by the GOI at
Pundrik-Ganeshpur, in the Rae Bareli dist., UP. m.
1860, a daughter of Sardar Fateh Singh, of Suga,
in Thanesar dist., Punjab. He had issue, two sons and two
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Shahzada Basdeo Singh, of
Pundrik-Ganeshpur (s/o Fateh
Singh's daughter). He d. before
Mian Sukhdev Singh. Copyright©
- a) A daughter.
- b) H.H.
Maharani Harbans Kaur Sahiba. m.
30th April 1879, as his
first wife, Major H.H. Rais ud-Daula,
Sipahdar ul-Mulk, Maharajadhiraj Sri
Sawai Maharaj Rana Nihal Singh, Lokendra
Bahadur, Diler Jang, Jai Deo, Maharaj
Rana of Dholpur, CB (b. at
Patiala, 4th May 1863; d.
at Mashohra, 20th July 1901),
son of Raja Shri Kulendra Singh Jai Deo
Bahadur, Yuvraj of Dholpur, by his wife,
H.H. Sidh Sri Patialawala Maharani Sateha
Devi Bhawa Sahib, CI, daughter of H.H.
Mansur-i-Zaman, Amir ul-Umara,
Maharajadhiraja Raj Rajeshwar Yadu Vansha
Vatans Bhatti Kul Bushan Sri
Maharaja-i-Rajgan, Maharaja Sir Narendra
Singh Mahendra Bahadur, Maharaja of
Patiala, GCSI. She had issue, two sons -
see India (Dholpur).
wives of Maharajadhiraja Sher Singh, also adopted the
- 4) Sardar Bakshish
Singh. Adopted by Rani Zebo Kaur.
- 5) Sardar Narain Singh,
son of Atar Singh, of Bhano Bhindi, Sialkot
district. Adopted by Maharani Prem Kaur, after
the death of her son. m. ... He had
issue two sons and a daughter:
Sardar Harnam Singh. b. 1878.
Mian Attar Singh. b. 1879.
Sardarni Harnam Kaur. m. Sardar
Gajendra Singh Majitha (b. 1865;
d. at Amritsar, December 1908),
son of General Sardar Ranjodh Singh
Majitha. She had issue, one daughter.
- 6) Sardar Karam Singh. b.
1838, son of a zamindar of Mukerain,
Hoshiarpur district. Adopted by Rani Dharam Kaur
- 7) Sardar Thakar Singh.
b. 1847, son of Gaja Singh Brar. Adopted
by his cousin, Maharani Pratap Kaur in 1847.
- 1843 -  H.H.
Maharajadhiraja Duleep Singh Bahadur, GCSI (25.6.1861). b.
at Lahore, 4th September 1838, youngest son of
H.H. Maharajadhiraja Ranjit Singh Bahadur, Sher-i-Punjab,
Maharaja of the Punjab, by his wife, H.H. Maharani Jindan
Kaur Sahiba [Chanda Kaur], educ. privately.
Succeeded on the death of his elder brother, 16th
September 1843. Installed on the gadi,
Shir-i-Punjab, Maharaja of the Punjab, at Lahore Fort, 2nd
February 1844. Reigned under the Regency of his mother.
The Punjabi forces were decisively beaten by the British
at the battle of Gujrat on 21st February 1849,
and his territories annexed 16th March 1849.
Exiled to Fatehgarh, then allowed to settle in England.
Thereafter titled as Maharajadhiraja Duleep Singh
Bahadur, with the personal style of His Highness.
Becoming a great favourite of Queen Victoria, he was
received into the Church of England in 1853. Attempted to
return to the Punjab in 1886, but was stopped at Aden and
turned back Europe. Escaped to France and tried to
persuade the French authorities to assist him in
restoring his throne. Converted back to Sikhism in 1888.
Failing to excite official interest in France due to
British objections, he journeyed to Russia, where he
offered his services to the Tsar in an invasion of India.
Becoming almost destitute, he requested and received a
pardon from his old mentor, Queen Victoria. m. (first)
at the British Consulate, Alexandria, Egypt, 7th
June 1864, H.H. Maharani Bamba Duleep Singh, CI
(1.1.1878) (b. at Alexandria, Egypt, 6th
July 1848; d. at Paris, 18th September
1887), educ. American Baptist Christian Mission
Sch., Cairo, daughter of Ludwig Muller, a German banker
resident, of Ramala, Egypt, by Sofia, an Ethiopian Coptic
Christian lady of good family, captured by the Egyptian
army and sold as a slave in Cairo. m. (i) at La Madeleine,
Paris, 20th May 1889, Maharani Ada Douglas
Duleep Singh (b. at Kennington, Surrey, 15th
January 1869; d. at Ferring, Sussex, 6th
August 1930, crem. Golders Green Crematorium),
youngest daughter of Charles Douglas Wetherill, Esq., of
Great Ormond Street, Holborn, London, sometime Civil
Engineer, by his wife, Sarah Charlotte. He d. at
the Hotel de la Trémoille, Paris, 23rd
October 1893 (bur. St Andrew's & St Patrick's
Churchyard, Elveden, Suffolk), having had issue, four
sons and three daughters by his first wife, and two
daughters by his second:
- 1) A son
b. at Aberfeldy, Perthshire, 4th
July and d. at Kenmore, Perthshire,
5th August 1865 (s/o Maharani
Captain Prince Victor Albert Jay Duleep Singh. b.
in London 10th July 1866 (s/o
Maharani Bamba), educ. Eton, Berks.,
Trinity Hall and Downing Colls., Cambridge and at
the RMA, Sandhurst. Cmsnd. 2nd-Lieut.
1st Royal Dragoons 1/2/1888, Hon ADC
to the GOC Halifax, Nova Scotia 1888-1890, prom.
Lieut. 26/8/1891, prom. Capt. 27/6/1894, resig.
3/8/1898. Succeeded on the death of his father as
Head of the Royal House of the Punjab, 23rd
October 1893. Rcvd: Coron. medals (1902
and 1911). m. at London, 4th
January 1898, Anne Blanche Alice [Princess Victor
Duleep Singh] (b. at Upton-upon-Severn,
Worcs., 27th January 1874; d.s.p.
at Monte Carlo, 2nd July 1956), served
in France during the Great War, recd:
Coron. medals (1902 and 1911), Médaille de la
Reconnaissance, and Médaille de la France
Liberée, second daughter of Colonel The Rt. Hon.
George William (Coventry), 9th Earl of
Coventry, PC, DL, sometime Capt. and Goldstick of
the Hon. Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms, Master of
the Buckhounds, Lord Lieut. of Worcestershire,
etc. by his wife, The Rt. Hon. Blanche, Countess
of Coventry, third daughter of The Rt. Hon.
William (Craven), 2nd Earl of Craven,
sometime Lord Lieut. of Warwickshire, High
Steward of Newbury, and Recorder of Coventry. Rcvd:
Coron. medals (1902 and 1911). He d.s.p.
at Monte Carlo, 7th June 1918. Copyright© Christopher
- 3) Major
Prince Frederick Victor Duleep Singh, MVO
(28.5.1901), TD (13.3.1919). b. at London,
23rd January 1868 (s/o Maharani
Bamba), educ. Eton, Berks., and Magdalene
Coll., Oxon. (MA). Cmsnd as 2nd-Lieut.
Suffolk Yeomanry (Duke of York's Own Loyal
Suffolk Hussars) 12/8/1893, prom. Lieut.
21/7/1894, prom. Capt. 10/8/1898, Assist. Adj. 7th
Yeomanry Bde. 1900, super. Maj. Norfolk
Imperial Yeomanry (King's Own Royal Regt.)
3/7/1901, Hon. Maj. 31/3/1908, resig. 14/9/1909,
resumed service as temp. Maj. 2/1st Norfolk
Yeomanry 1/10/1914, and served in the Great War
1914-1918, specially employed with Artillery
Horse Lines 1917-1918, retd. 26/4/1919. Succeeded
on the death of his elder brother as Head of the
Royal House of the Punjab, 7th June
1918. Amateur archaeologist and historian. Fellow
of the Society of Antiquaries. Rcvd:
Coron. medals (1902 and 1911), 1914 star,
Territorial War and Allied Victory medals
(1918). He d. unm. at Blo'
Norton Hall, Diss, Suffolk, 15th August 1926 (bur.
Blo' Norton Churchyard).
Prince Albert Edward Alexander Duleep Singh. b.
at Blo' Norton Hall, Diss, Suffolk. 20th
August 1879 (s/o Maharani Bamba), educ.
privately. He d. from pneumonia, at the
Albany Hotel, Hastings, Sussex, 22nd
April 1893 (bur. St Andrew's & St
Patrick's Churchyard, Elveden, Suffolk).
Princess Bamba Sophia Jindan Duleep Singh
[Princess Bamba Sutherland]. b. at London
29th September 1869 (d/o
Maharani Bamba), educ. Somerville Hall,
Oxford. m. 1916, Lieutenant-Colonel
David Waters Sutherland, CIE (3.6.1917) (b.
at Buningyong, Victoria, Australia, 18th
December 1872; d. at Braeside, Belhaven,
Dunbar, 19th April 1939), educ.
Melbourne and Edinburgh Univs. MD (Edin.), MBCM
(Edin.), FRCP (Lond.), cmsnd. Surgeon Lieut. IMS
(Bengal) 28/7/1894, served in Chitral campaign
1895, MO Queen's Own Corps of Guides, Staff
Sugeon Dvsnl. HQ, served in Malakand and Panjkora
engagements, prom. Maj. 29/1/1905, Consulting
Physician Afghanistan Field Force 1919, Professor
of Pathology & Materia Medica at King
Edward's Medical Coll., Lahore 1897-1909,
Professor of Medicine 1909-1926, Principal
1909-1923, Fellow Royal Soc. of Edinburgh (FRSE)
(1903), son of John Sutherland, of Allendale,
Victoria, Australia, by his wife, Wilhelmina
Waters. She d.s.p. at
'Gulzar', Model Town, Lahore, Pakistan, 3rd
October 1957 (or 10th March 1957) (bur.
there at the Christian Cemetery, Gulbarg). Copyright© Christopher
Princess Catherine Hilda Duleep Singh. b.
at Belgravia, London, 27th October
1871 (d/o Maharani Bamba), educ.
Somerville Hall, Oxford. Mbr. National Union of
Women's Suffrage Socs. (NUWSS). She d. unm.
at Hilden Hall, Penn, Bucks., 8th
November 1942 (crem. Golders Green
Princess Sophia Alexandrowna Duleep Singh. b.
at Elveden Hall, Suffolk, 8th August
1876 (d/o Maharani Bamba), educ.
privately. A militant suffragette who later
organised patriotic flag days for Punjabi troops
in London during the Great War. Patron Lascar
Club. Mbr. Women's Social & Political Union
(WSPU), Women's Tax Resistance League (WTRL),
Suffragette Fellowship, etc. She d. unm.
at Hilden Hall, Penn, Bucks., 22nd
August 1948 (crem. Golders Green
Princess Pauline Alexandra Duleep Singh [Princess
Pauline Torry]. b. at Hotel Billoi,
Bolshoi Lubyanka, Moscow, Russia 26th
December 1887 (d/o Maharani Ada). m.
at London, 1914, John Shirley Archibald Torry
(b. at Bakewell, Derbyshire, 1889; d.
from wounds received at the Battle of Loos, 19th
September 1915, bur. Merville Community
Cemetery), educ. Charterhouse, and New
Coll., Oxford (BA 1912), Temp. 2nd
Lieut. 12th (Service) Btn., The Rifle
Brigade (Prince Consort's Own) 1914, served in
the Great War 1914-1915, eldest son of The Rev.
Henry John Claude Torry, MA, of Streat Rectory,
Hassocks, Surrey, by his first wife. She d.s.p.
in France, after 1930.
Princess Ada Irene Helen Beryl Duleep Singh
[Princess Irene Villement]. b. at Paris,
France 25th October 1889 (d/o
Maharani Ada), educ. privately. m.
at the Church of Saint-Philippe du Roule, rue
du Faubourg Saint Honore, Paris, France, 15th
March 1910, Pierre Marie Alexandre Villement, a
French national. She d.s.p.
(committed suicide by drowning) at Monaco, 14th
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