1863 - 1911 Colonel H.H. Sri Sriman Maharaja Sir Nripendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, Maharaja of Cooch Behar, GCIE (23.2.1888), CB (m 20.5.1898). b. at the Dhaluabari Palace, Cooch-Behar, 4th October 1862, younger son of H.H. Sri Sriman Maharaja Narendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, Maharaja of Cooch Behar, by his gandharva wife, H.H. Rajmata Sri Sri Nishimayi Deo Aye Devati, educ. at the Ward’s Institution, Benares, Patna Collegiate Sch, Bankipur, and Government Coll, Patna, Bihar, and Presidency Coll, Calcutta, Bengal. Appointed as Heir Apparent by his father, on his deathbed. Succeeded on the death of his father, 6th August 1863 and was installed on the gadi that same evening Cooch Behar Royal Palace (Rajbhari) (confirmed by the GOI 15th January 1864). Granted a permanent salute of 13-guns 26th June 1867. Reigned under a Council of Regency composed of Maharanis Kameshwari Dangar Aye Devati, Nistarini Deo Aye Devati and Nishimayi Deo Aye Devati 6th August 1863 to 15th January 1864. Thereafter under a British appointed Commissioner in charge of the Administration, until he came of age and was invested with full ruling powers, at Cooch Behar, 8th November 1883. Granted the personal title of Maharaja Bhup Bahadur, 25th February 1880 (made hereditary, 16th October 1884). Ordered the spelling of the name of the state regularised to ‘Cooch Behar’ 13th April 1896. Hon Maj British Army 22/8/1883, attached 6th Prince of Wales’s Own Bengal Cavalry, prom Hon Lieut-Col 30/7/1887, Hon ADC to the Prince of Wales 30/7/1887-1901, served in the NWF on the staff of the GOC Mohmand 1897 and Tirah expeditions 1898 (MID, CB, medal), prom Hon Col 11/1/1902, Hon ADC to the King-Emperor Edward VII 11/1/1902-1910 (as Prince of Wales from 24/5/1887), Extra ADC to the King-Emperor George V 4/6/1911. Attended the Imperial Durbar at Delhi in 1877, where he received a sword of honour. Attended the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Queen-Empress Victoria in London in 1887, the Coronations of the King-Emperor Edward VII in 1902 and of the King-Emperor George V in 1911. A great moderniser and reformer, he transformed almost every aspect of his state, building schools and colleges, hospitals, roads, temples, and numerous other public works. The senior educational institution, Victoria College, teaching up to the standard of the MA degree of the Calcutta University. The state library housed a collection of books said to be richer than any outside Calcutta. The Maharaja also outlawed the last vestiges of slavery in 1884, reformed the courts, administration, revenue collection, the police and the military forces of the state. A rackets and tennis player of international repute and a keen cricketer. Author of “Shooting in Cooch Behar” (1908). District Grand Mark Master of Bengal, Grand Senior Warden of Mark Masters of England, Deputy Grand Master of the Great Lodge of Bengal, etc. Patron Sangita Samaj, Brahmo Tract Soc, Cooch Behar Mutual Provident Fund 1888-1911, the Cooch Behar Club 1897-1911, and Bengal Gymkhana Club 1910-1911. Life Mbr of the Cttee & Councillor Lady Dufferin’s Fund 1886-1911. Fellow Royal Colonial Soc, the Imperial Inst, Soc for the Encouragement of Indian Arts, and the Soc for Arts & Sciences. Life Presdt India Club (Calcutta) 1882-1911. Presdt Sovabazar Club 1887-1911, Cooch Behar Theosophical Soc 1890-1911, Theosophical Soc (Darjeeling Branch) 1893-1911, the Calcutta Club 1907-1909, and Cooch Behar Indian Club (Calcutta) 1910-1911. Vice-Presdt International Congress of Hygiene & Demography 1891. Patron Indian Assoc for the Cultivation of Science, Cooch Behar Mutual Provident Fund 1888-1911, World Wrestling Championship 1892 (Calcutta), Cooch Behar Club 1897-1911, etc. Life Mbr Literary Soc of Bengal. Mbr Royal Soc of Arts 1901-1911, Pasteur Inst (France), Indian Science Assoc, Photographic Soc of India, Literary Soc of Bengal, Indian Polo Assoc, Polo Pony Soc, Marlborough, Cavalry, Portland, Raneleigh, Roehaampton, Queen’s, Prince’s, Royal Automobile 1906-1911, United Services (Simla), Turf and Saturday (Calcutta), Darjeeling, Wheelers (Meerut) and Himalayan (Mussoorie) Clubs. Hon Mbr Hurlingham and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), etc. Rcvd: KIH gold medal (1877), Golden Jubilee (1887), Tirah (1898), Coron (1902 and 1911), and Delhi Durbar gold (1903) medals. m. at the Cooch Behar Royal Palace (Rajbhari), 6th March 1878 (Hindu rite), and at the Tabernacle of the New Dispensation, Lily Cottage, Calcutta, Bengal, 1881 (Brahmo rite), H.H. Maharani Sri Sri Suniti Devi Sahiba, CI (18.5.1887) (b. at Sen’s House, Calcutta, Bengal, 30th September 1864; d. at the Bengal-Nagpur Railway Hotel, Ranchi, Bihar, 10th November 1932, bur. at the Nava Devalaya Brahmo Cemetery, Calcutta, Bengal), educ. privately and at Bharat Ashram, Bethune Coll, Calcutta, Bengal, sometime Maharani Regent of Cooch Behar and Presdt Cooch Behar State Council, Presdt All-India Women’s Union 1932, and Sisterhood of the East, Vice-Presdt Ladies Branch of National Indian Assoc in Aid of Social Progress & Education in India 1920-1932, Patron Maharani Girls’ High Sch (Darjeeling) 1911-1932, Suniti Coll (Cooch Behar) 1883-1921 and Suniti Academy (Cooch Behar) 1922-1932, Vice-Patron Lumsden’s Horse Calcutta Ball Cttee 1900, author of “Bengal Dacoits and Tigers” (1916), “The Beautiful Mogul Princesses” (1918), “Nine Ideal Indian Women” (1919), “The Autobiography of an Indian Princess” (1921), “Indian Fairy Tales” (1923), “The Life of Princess Yashodara” (1929), etc, rcvd: Golden Jubilee (1887), Coron (1902 and 1911), and Prince of Wales’s Visit (1905) medals, eldest daughter of Brahmananda Babu Keshab Chandra Sen, of Garifa, Bengal, sometime Presdt Indian Reform Assoc, by his wife, Baburain Srimati Jaganmohini Devi, daughter of Babu Chandra Kanta Mozoomdar, of Bali, Bengal. He d. suddenly while recuperating from pneumonia, at No 22 Marina Court Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, 18th September 1911 (crem. at Golders Green Crematorium, London, and his ashes interred at the Keshab Ashram, Cooch Behar), having had issue, four sons and three daughters:
1) Sri Sri Maharajkumar Raj Rajendra Narayan Bahadur, who succeeded as H.H. Sri Sriman Maharaja Raj Rajendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, Maharaja of Cooch Behar – see below.
3) Lieutenant-Colonel Sri Sri Maharajkumar Victor Nitendra Narayan. b. at Calcutta, Bengal, 21st May 1887 (for whom of the Queen-Empress Victoria stood sponsor), educ. Mayo Coll, Ajmer, Rajputana, Carter’s Prep Sch, Farnborough, Hampshire, Eton Coll, Berkshire, with Imperial Cadet Corps (ICC), Dehra Dun, and the Coll of Agriculture, Cornell Univ (Sp 1908), New York, USA. Studied tobacco cultivation in Virginia and at Pinar del Rio, Cuba 1908. Attended the Delhi Durbar 1911 as a member of the Bodyguard to the King-Emperor George V. MLC Cooch Behar 1911-1929, Extraordinary MSC in charge of H.H.’s Household 1913-1919, MSC in charge of the Education, Press, Agriculture and Industry departments 1919-1929, Cdt Cooch Behar State Forces and Military Sec 1914-1919, Mbr Regency Council 1922-1929, resigned from state service nd settled in the UK 1930. Editor of “America Through Hindu Eyes” (1918). Author of “How to Improve the Tobaacco Crop of India” (1915) and “The Maharani Sunity Devi, C.I., of Cooch Behar” (1932). Presdt Cooch Behar Sahitya Sava 1915-1929, and the Keshab Acad. Sec Cooch Behar Brahmo Mandir Trust 1919-1929. MRAS (1918), Life Mbr Bombay Natural History Soc, Mbr United Grand Lodge of England (Courage with Humanity Lodge) 1912-1919, Asiatic Soc of Bengal 1916-1937, Bengal Natural History Soc, East India Assoc, Agricultural & Horticultural Assoc of India 1910-1937, Indian Polo Assoc, Assoc of Cosmopolitan Clubs (Cornell Univ), United Services (Simla), Turf and Saturday (Calcutta), Darjeeling, Cooch Behar, and Bengal Gymkhana Clubs. Rcvd: Delhi Durbar silver (1911), Silver Jubilee (1935), Coron (1937), Cooch Behar Durbar (1911), Accession (1911), and Investiture (1936) medals. m. at Calcutta, Bengal, 18th April 1916 (div. there, 24th June 1925) Ishorani Nirupama Devi (b. at Hosengabad, CP, 25th May 1895; m. second, at Shantinekatan, Bengal, Sisir Kumar Sen, the Indian freedom fighter, and d. at Sahabnagar, near Plassey, Nadia, West Bengal, 1984), sometime teacher at Santiniketan, poet and writer, editor and publisher of “Paricharika Nabaparyaya” 1916-1926, publisher of “Beharodanta” by Maharani Bindeshwari Devi (1930),author of “Vasantha Malika”, “Dhup”, “Godhuli”, and “Shesher Kabita”, Mbr Visva-Bharati Alumni Assoc, daughter of Moti Lal [Matilal] Gupta, Esq, Barr-at-Law, of Patna, Bihar, sometime Assist Private Sec to the Maharaja of Jaipur, a maternal cousin of Brahmananda Keshab Chandra Sen. He b. from injuries received in an accident with a motor car while crossing the Great West Road, at Osterley, Middlesex, 30th October 1937, having had issue, two sons:
a) Rajkumar Nidhendra Narayan [Nidhi]. b. at Calcutta, Bengal, July 1917. He d. at Darjeeling, Bengal, 5th April 1927.
b) Major Rajkumar Gautam Narayan. b. at Calcutta, Bengal, August 1918, educ. Eton Coll, Berkshire. Cmsnd as 2nd-Lieut IA (EC) 16/11/1941 attached Bombay Sappers and Miners, RIE, served in WW2 1941-1945, prom Lieut (EC) 1/10/1942, prom Capt 23/12/1944, temp Maj 12/9/1945, subs Major Cooch Behar State Forces 1945, ADC to the Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1945-1947, Deputy Chief Engineer Cooch Behar PWD 1947-1949 (actg Chief Engineer and Sec PWD & Electricity Dept 1947), Mbr & Sec State Development Brd 1947-1949. Dir William Jacks & Co Ltd, Calcutta. Presdt The Calcutta Racket Club 1968-1969. Vice-Presdt Cooch Behar Sahitya Sawa. Mbr United Services (Simla), Turf and Saturday (Calcutta), and Darjeeling Clubs, etc. Rcvd: 39/45 and Burma stars, British War, and India Service (1945), Cooch Behar Investiture (1936) and Silver Jubilee (1947), and Jaipur Silver Jubilee (1947) medals. m. 1952, Joan Patricia Narayan (b. at Chorlton, Lancashire, 21st April 1924; d. at Mona Vale, NSW, Australia, 23rd July 2005). He d. at Calcutta, West Bengal, 1970, having had issue, two daughters:
i) Pia Victoria Narayan. b. at Calcutta, Bengal, 21st March 1954, educ. Loreto Convent, Darjeeling. Settled in Mona Vale, NSW, Australia. m. 15th March 1984, Michael John Anderson (b. 29th July 1949). She has issue, one son and one daughter.
ii) Deepa Elizabeth Narayan [Lisa Narayan Singh]. b. at Calcutta, West Bengal, 2nd December 1956. m. (div.) Jyotinder Raj Singh (b. 11th January or 1st November 1954; m. second (??) Kathleen D. Hayes.), of Seattle, Washington, previously of Atlanta, Georgia, USA, son of Mahinder Raj Singh, of Hammersmith, London.
1) Sri Sri Maharajkumari Sukriti Sundari Devi [Princess Sukriti Ghosal]. b. 15th January 1884. m. at Woodlands, Alipur, Calcutta, Bengal, 29th November 1899 (div.) The Hon Sir Josna Nath Ghosal, CSI (3.6.1929), CIE (3.6.1918), KIH 1st class (1.1.1913) (b. at Calcutta, Bengal, 13th June 1871; d. at No 3, Sunny Park, Ballygunge, Calcutta, 1962), educ. Metropolitan and St Xavier’s Colls, Calcutta, Bengal, and Univ Coll, Oxford (MA), Joined ICS Bombay 1895, Assist Collector, Jnr Collector, Political Agent 1912, MLC Bombay 1922-1924, Excise Cmsnr 1924-1928, Cmsnr Belgaum district 1928-1930, MEC Bombay 1930-1931, Mbr Council of State and Govt Chief Whip 1930-1947, Presdt Calcutta Club 1935, rcvd: Knt Bach (13.11.1936), Delhi Durbar (1911), Silver Jubilee (1935), and Coron (1937) medals, né Jyotsna Nath Ghosal, son of Babu Janaki Nath Ghosal, Zamindar, ICS, sometime Sec Indian National Congress, by his wife, Srimathi Swarnakumari Devi, poetess and author, fourth daughter of Maharshi Babu Debendranath Tagore, Zamindar, of Jorasanko Thakur Bari, Calcutta, and sister of Sir Rabindranath Tagore, the famous Nobel Prize winner and Bengali man of letters. She d. at Darjeeling, West Bengal, 1958, having had issue, one son and one daughter:
a) Ajit Kumar Ghosal [Archie Ghosal]. b. at Calcutta, Bengal, 25th January 1904, educ. Charterhouse Sch, Godalming, and RMC Sandhurst, Camberley, Surrey. Cmsnd as 2nd-Lieut 30/1/1924, transf IA. m. Sudha. He had issue, a son and a daughter:
i) Dr Jitendra Kumar Ghosal [Jit]. b. at Jamnagar, Nawanagar, 4th June 1941, educ. Bengal Coll of Engineering & Technology, Calcutta, West Bengal. Assoc Professor of Chemistry Pikeville Coll. m. 8th June 1968, Mary Anne Goode (b. 5th October 1941), daughter of Eugene Carroll Goode [Jack], of Marthasville, Warren, Missouri, USA, by his wife, Mary Evelyn, daughter of Charlie Boyd Langton Nagle, of Iuka, Tishomingo Co., Mississippi, USA. He d. at Lexington, Fayette Co., Kentucky, USA, 13th July 1987 (but. there at Cathedral Domain Columbarium, Lee Co.), having had issue, a daughter:
(1) Josna Kay Ghosal [Josie]. b. at Lexington, Fayette Co., Kentucky, USA, 19th February 1980.
i) Romola Ghosal [Mrs Bhattacharjee]. m. Supratik Bhattacharjee, educ. Indian Inst of Technology (B.Tech. EE 1996), Kanpur, UP, and the Univ of Arizona (MSc 2000), Tucson, Arizona, USA, Staff Engineer Qualcomm 2004-2006, Senior Staff Engineer/Mngr 2006-2010, Principal Engineer/Mngr 2010-2016, Snr Dir of Technology since 2016, son of xxx Bhattacharjee, by his wife, xxx, daughter of Chittaranjan Chatterjee, sometime Mayor of Calcutta. She had issue, two daughters:
(1) Ayesha Bhattacharjee.
(2) Devika Bhattacharjee. m. ... Rao. She has issue, one child.
a) Romola Ghosal. b. at Calcutta, Bengal, 1903. m. at St Pancras Register Office, Middlesex, September 1924, Captain Cyril Martin Connell (b. at Bombay, India, 1896; d. in hospital after consuming excessive quantities of ‘Red Biddy’, a drink made of wine and pure methylated spirits, at Chelsea, London, April 1938, bur. together with his wife 14th April 1938), Private 14th (County of London) Btn, The London Regt (London Scottish), TA, served in the Great War 1915-1918 in France and Flanders, cmsnd as 2nd-Lieut IA 6/10/1916, prom Lieut IARO 6/10/1917, retd as Capt IARO, late Central India Horse 1920, rcvd: 1915 Star, British War and Allied Victory medals (1918), from a family linked to an Irish peerage. She d.s.p. in hospital within a day of her husband after consuming excessive quantities of ‘Red Biddy’, at Chelsea, London, April 1938 (bur. together with her husband 14th April 1938).
2) Sri Sri Maharajkumari Prativa Sundari Devi [Princess Prativa Mander]. b. at Lily Cottage, Calcutta, Bengal, 22nd November 1891, educ. Ravenscroft Sch, Eastbourne, Sussex. m. at the Register Office, Calcutta, Bengal, 21st February 1912 (sep. 1915; div. at London, June 1921), Lionel Henry Mander (b. at Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, 14th May 1888; m. second (div. 1936), Kathleen Bernadette French, of Sydney, NSW, and d. suddenly from heart failure, at Los Angeles, California, USA, 7th February 1946, leaving issue by his second wife), educ. Harrow Sch, Middlesex, Loretto and McGill Univs, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, served in the Great War with RASC, retd as Capt, radio commentator in the USA 1938-1941, author and writer, sheep farmer, pilot, screen actor, director and writer in over 100 films as ‘Luther Miles’ and ‘Miles Mander’ second son of Samuel Theodore Mander, Esq, of Wightwick Manor, Wiltshire, by his wife, Flora St Clair, daughter of Henry Nicholas Paint, Esq, of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. She d.s.p. at Calcutta, Bengal, 23rd July 1923.
3) Sri Sri Maharajkumari Sudhira Sundari Devi [Princess Sudhira Mander]. b. Cooch Behar Royal Palace (Rajbhari), 7th March 1894. m. at Woodlands, Alipur, Calcutta, Bengal, 25th February 1914, Alan Jocelyn Mander (b. 28th February 1891; d. 21st December 1967), third son of Samuel Theodore Mander, Esq, of Wightwick Manor, Wiltshire and Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, by his wife, Flora St Clair, daughter of Henry Nicholas Paint, Esq, of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. She d. 7th January 1968, having had issue, two sons and two daughters:
a) Samuel Mander.
b) Aujun Derak Mander. b. in London, 1928. m. (first) at Hampstead, London, September 1949 (div.), Eileen Clarke. m. (second) at Folkestone, Kent, December 1955, Edwina Alice Alabaster-Bassett (b. at Docking, Norfolk, September 1926), former wife of Francis Head, and daughter of ... Bassett, by his wife, ... Allen. m. (third) at Westminster, London, March 1965, Jeanette Y. Johnstone. m. (fourth) at St Albans, Hertfordshire, Jan-Q 1980, Francoise M. J. Fox. He had issue, three sons and two daughters:
i) Nigel Peter Mander. b. at Marylebone, London, September 1952 (s/o Eileen), educ. Univ of Surrey (BSc 1974), Guildford, Surrey. Settled in Copenhagen, Denmark.
ii) Alan P. Mander. b. at Folkestone, Kent, March 1956 (s/o Edwina).
iii) Marcus Narinendra Mander. b. at Westminster Hospital, London, 9th January 1966 (s/o Jeanette). m. and has issue.
i) Danielle Mander. b. at Hammersmith, London, March 1959 (d/o Edwina).
ii) Gillian F. Mander. b. at Epping, Hertfordshire, 1961 (d/o Edwina).
a) Miss Pamela Ghita Mander. b. at Chelsea, London, 8th July 1920. She d. unm. 27th June 1965.
b) Monisha Vida [Mrs. Garnham]. b. at London, 1934. m. at Edmonton, Middlesex, September 1953, George Leslie John Garnham, SBStJ (4.11.1977), BEM (c 1.1.1970) (b. at Edmonton, Middlesex, 29th May 1929; d. at Kensington, London, 21st May 1988), Sergeant Metropolitan Police, sometime Ceremonial Sergeant at Canon Row Police Station, son of ... Garnham, by his wife, ... Edwards. She had issue, three daughters.
1911 – 1913 H.H. Sri Sriman Maharaja Raj Rajendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, Maharaja of Cooch Behar. b. at Woodlands, Alipur, Calcutta, Bengal, 11th April 1882, eldest son of Colonel H.H. Sri Sriman Maharaja Sir Nripendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, Maharaja of Cooch Behar, GCIE, CB, by his wife, H.H. Maharani Sri Sri Siniti Devi Sahiba, CI, sometime Maharani Regent of Cooch Behar and Presdt of the State Council, educ. Mayo Coll, Ajmer, Rajputana, Carter’s Prep Sch, Farnborough, Hampshire, Eton Coll, Berkshire, Christ Church, Oxford, and with the Imperial Cadet Corps, Dehra Dun. Hon Lieut British Army 4/6/1902, attached 2nd City of London Imperial Yeomanry (Westminster Dragoons), 4/6/1902. He came of age and was formally installed as Heir Apparent by his father, at the Durbar Hall, Cooch Behar Royal Palace (Rajbhari), 11th April 1903. Extraordinary MSC Cooch Behar 1907-1911. Attended the Coronations of the King-Emperor Edward VII and Queen-Empress Alexandra in 1902 and the King-Emperor George V and Queen-Empress Mary at Westminster Abbey, in London, in 1911. Succeeded on the death of his father, 18th September 1911. Proclaimed and ascended the gadi, at the Cooch Behar Royal Palace (Rajbhari), 2nd October 1911. Installed at the Durbar Hall, Cooch Behar Royal Palace (Rajbhari), 8th November 1911. Attended the Imperial Coronation Durbar at Delhi in 1911. He continued his father’s plans for reform and modernization, abhorred any manifestations of caste and refused the traditional abhisek ceremony at his accession, because it involved the wearing of caste marks. Patron Indian Assoc for the Cultivation of Science 1911-1913, Cooch Behar Club 1911-1913, Cooch Behar Mutual Provident Fund 1911-1913, etc. Mbr Royal Automobile Club (London) 1906-1913, Princes’, Calcutta, Orient, Royal Calcutta Turf Clubs, etc. Rcvd: King Edward VI Coron (1902) and Delhi Durbar (1903), King George V Coron (1911), and Delhi Durbar gold (1911), and Cooch Behar Durbar (1911) medals. He d.s.p. unm. at Tudor Villas, Cromer, Norfolk, 1st September 1913 (crem. at Golders Green Crematorium, London and his ashes interred at the Keshab Ashram, Cooch Behar) (succ. by his younger brother).