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Jind; (2) Sarddr Banka Singh of
Thdneswar ; (3) Sarddr Budh Singh,
Singhpuria; (4) Sarddr Saheb Singh
of Lddwa ; and (5) the Bhai of Arna-
uli. He was one of the first Chiefs
who joined Lord Lake after the occu-
pation of Karndl by the British. His
son was Sarddr Dewa Singh, father
of the present Sarddr. Sarddr Rdm
Singh rendered good service to Govern-
ment during the Mutiny of 1857. He
has a son and heir, Sarddr Gurdit Singh,



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born 1858. Residence .
Karnal, Punjab.

RAM SINGH (of Salalah), Sarddr. The
title is hereditary. Residence : Jalan-
dhar, Punjab.

RAM SINGH (of Khenda), Thdkur. The
title is hereditary. The Thdkur
belongs to an ancient family, claiming
descent in fourteen generations from
the Thakur Hindu Singh of Pendra
and Khenda. The present Thakur
inherited the title from the Thakurani
Mussamat Taj Kunwar. That lady
was born about the year 1845, and was
the Zaminddrin of Khenda. Resi-
dence: Khenda, Bilaspur, Central
Provinces.

RAM SINGH (of Bhamgarh), Rao. The
title is hereditary, the Rao being one
of the Chiefs of the Nimar district.
Residence : Bhamgarh, Nimar, Central
Provinces.

RAM SINGH, Subahdar-Major, Sarddr
Bahadur; b. 1849. Is a Jat Sikh.
Received the title on August 13, 1897,
in recognition of long and meritorious
services in the 28th Bombay Pioneers.
Residence : Mopli, Nabha.

RAM SINGH, Subahdar-Major, Rai Ba-
hadur. The title was conferred, for
eminent services in the Burma Military
Police, on January 1, 1896. Residence:
Upper Burma.

RAM SUKH DAS, Lala, Rai Saheb.
Received the title on January 1, 1898.
Residence : Sirsa, Punjab.

RAMA DIKSHITA APTE, Mahdmaho-
pddhydya. The title was conferred,
as a personal distinction, on February
16, 1887, on the occasion of the Jubilee
of the reign of Her Most Gracious
Majesty, for eminence in oriental
learning. Residence: Poona, Bombay.

RAMA NATH SIDDHANTA PANCHA-
NANA, Pandit, Mahdmalwpddhydya.
Received the title for eminence in
oriental learning, on June 3, 1899.
Residence : Kotali Parah, Faridpur,
Bengal.

RAMA RAO, P., Rao Bahadur. The
title was conferred on January 1, 1898.
Residence : Alur, Madras.

RAMA RAO, T., Rao Bahadur. The
title, which is personal, was conferred
on June 22, 1897, for meritorious ser-
vice as Deputy-Collector. Residence:
Madras Presidency.



RAMA RAO, T., Rdjd; b. 1839. The
title was conferred, as a personal dis-
tinction, on February 16, 1887, on the
occasion of the Jubilee of the reign of
Her Most Gracious Majesty. Is a
distinguished Member of the Madras
Bar; was Member of the Legislative
Council of Madras, 1881-87 ; appointed
a Fellow of the Madras University,
1886. Residence: Triplicane, Madras.

RAMA RAO, T., CLE., Prime Minister
of Travancore. Was created a Com-
panion of the Most Eminent Order of
the Indian Empire in 1891. Bears the
courtesy title of " His Excellency " as
Diwan (or Prime Minister) of His
Highness the Maharaja of Travancore.
Residence: Trivandrum, Travancore,
Madras.

RAMA SUBBAIYAR, S. R., Rao Baha-
dur ; b. 1853. The title was conferred,
as a personal distinction, on June 1,
1888. Is a distinguished member of
the Madras Bar. Residence : Madura,
Madras.

RAMA VARMA RAJA, Rdjd ; b. 1851.
The title is hereditary. Is the head
of a Kshatriya family descended from
a follower of the ancestor of the Ma-
harajas of Travancore, and is styled
the Vallabha or Valiya Raja of Bey-
pore. The family follows the Maru-
niakkatayam law of inheritance, by
which the succession is with the off-
spring of its female members, amongst
whom the next eldest male is always
the heir-apparent of the Raja. The
Raja of Beypore receives from Govern-
ment a malikdna or pension as com-
pensation for the estate which be-
longed to his ancestors. Residence :
Beypore, Malabar, Madras.

RAMALINGAM KANDASWAMI PIL-
LAI, Rao Bahadur. Received the
title on June 3, 1899. Residence:
Madras.

RAMANAJ PARSAD SINGH, Lal,C./.£.

See Lai.

RAMAS, Mian Kalumian Bapumian,
Mian of. A ruling chief; b. Novem-
ber 13, 1864. Succeeded to the gadi
as a minor June 29, 1874. Belongs
to a Muhammadan family, claiming
descent from the Jhala Rajputs of
Halwar in Kathiawar. Mian Hari-
singhji was in the service of Sh&h
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came a Musalman in the year 1483 a.d.
The late Bapumian, Mian of Ramas,
was a lineal descendant of Mian Hari-
singhji ; he died in 1874, and was
succeeded by his son, the present Mian,
then a minor. The State, which pays
a tribute to Baroda, has an area of
40 square miles, and a population of
1745, chiefly Hindus. Residence : Ra-
mas, Mahi Kantha, Bombay.

EAMASWAMI AIYAR GOPALA AI-
YAE, Rao Bahadur. Received the
title on May 21, 1898. Residence :
Madras.

EAMASWAMI CHETTIYAR, Rat Ba-
hadur; b. 1834. The title was con-
ferred, as a personal distinction, on
February 16, 1887, on the occasion of
the Jubilee of the reign of Her Most
Gracious Majesty, in recognition of his
services to the Madras Municipality.
Was appointed Vice-Chairman of the
Madras Municipal Commission in 1879.
Residence : Madras.

EAMASWAMI MUDALIYAR, Sir Sa-
valai, Knight, CLE., Rdjd. The
title of Raja was conferred, as a per-
sonal distinction, on January 1, 1891,
in recognition of his public spirit and
services. Is a Madras merchant, and
was a member of the Madras Muni-
cipal Commission in 1877. Created a
Companion of the Most Eminent
Order of the Indian Empire in 1885.
Served as Sheriff of Madras in 1886-
87, and in that capacity received the
honour of Knighthood on the occasion
of the Jubilee of the reign of Her
Most Gracious Majesty in 1887. Resi-
dence: Madras.

EAMASWAMI NAYUDU, Badu, Rao
Bahddur. The title was conferred on
June 22, 1897. Residence : Madras.

EAMASWAMI NAYUDU, Mannarnara-
yanipalli, Rao Bahddur. Is Assist-
ant-Superintendent in the Revenue
Survey, Madras. Received the title
on January 2, 1899. Residence : Ma-
dras.

RAMBHAS, Pokarmal, Rao Saheb ; b.
1840. The title was conferred, as a
personal distinction, on June 1, 1888,
m recognition of long and meritorious
service as a Municipal Commissioner
of Amraoti, Berar. His family have
been Bankers in a good position for
several generations under the govern-



ment of His Highness the Nizam.
Dhanraj Pokarmal, the Rao Saheb's
grandfather, was the first Banker of
Amraoti, and was killed by the popu-
lace in some corn-riots in a time of
scarcity in 1845. His son, Pokarmal
Rambilas, was the Banker of the Na-
wab Mubarak, brother of his late
Highness the Nizam. His son was
the Rao Saheb Rambilas Pokarmal,
who was married in 1852. Residence :
Amraoti, Berar.

EAMCHAND EAO (of Jaisinghnagar),
Rao ; b. 1837. The title is hereditary.
Belongs to a family descended from
the former rulers of the district of
Sagar. In 1829 the Pargana of Jai-
singhnagar was made over to the Rao,
then head of the family, on a ten
years' farming lease, as compensation
for his name having been excluded by
intrigues in the Sagar Court from the
pension list. In 1834 Ganpat Rao be-
came the Tdlukddr, and died in 1843.
He was succeeded by his son, the Rao
Anat Rao, and the latter by the
present Rao. Residence : Jaisingh-
nagar, Sagar, Central Provinces.

EAMCHANDAE DEO DHUBAL, Rdjd ;
b. about the year 1863. The title is
hereditary. Belongs to a Rajput
family long settled in the Raj of
Dalbhum, Singhbhum, Bengal. Resi-
dence : Dalbhum, Singhbhum, Bengal.

EAMCHANDAE EAO, Rao Saheb; I.
February 27, 1840. The title is here-
ditary. The Rao Saheb belongs to a
family whose founder was the Rao
Benaik (or Vinayak) Rao, Prime
Minister of the late Mahratta ruler of
Sagar district. Vinayak Rao came
originally from the Deccan, and was
appointed at first a Mdmlatddr by the
Mahratta Government. He also ob-
tained the titles of Rao Saheb and
Subahdar. At the time of the cession
he was granted a political pension, and
smaller pensions have been continued
to his grandsons. The Rao Saheb has
a son and heir, the Rao Vinayak Rao
Saheb Subahdar. Residence: Sagar,
Central Provinces.

EAMCHANDEA. See also Ram Chan-
dra.

EAMCHANDEA BAPUJI, Rao Bahd-
dur; b. January 1, 1836. Received
the title on June 21, 1897, as a personal
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RAMCHANDRA DUBE, Pandit (of
Benares), Rai Saheb. The title was
conferred, as a personal distinction,
on January 1, 1895. Residence : Bi-
kanir, Rdjputdna.

BAMCHANDRA JOGUKAR, Antaji,
Rao Saheb. Received the title on
June 3, 1899. Residence : Dharwar,
Bombay.

RAMCHANDRA KRISHNA KOTHA-
OLE, Rao Saheb. The title was con-
ferred on June 22, 1897. Residence :
Wai, Satara, Bombay.

RAMCHANDRA NARAYAN MANTRI
(of Bagni), Ajahat Sir Deshmnkh.
The title is hereditary. Residence:
Satara, Bombay.

RAMCHANDRA NARAYAN PANDIT,

Rao Bahddur. The title was con-
ferred, as a personal distinction, on
January 14, 1888. Residence : Bombay.

RAMCHANDRA TRIMBAK ACHA-
RIYA, Rao Bahddur. The title was
conferred, as a personal distinction,
on January 1, 1889. Residence: Thana,
Bombay.

RAMDIN (of Paila), Rai Bahddur; b.
1838. The title was conferred, as a
personal distinction, on February 21,
1873, in recognition of services ren-
dered during the Mutiny of 1857 by his
late father, Rai Tila Ram. Belongs
to a family that came from Kanauj
many centuries ago, and settled in
Paila. As a reward for his loyalty
during the Mutiny, part of the con-
fiscated estates of the rebel Raja Son
Singh of Mithauli were conferred on
him. Residence : Paila, Kheri, Oudh.

RAMDURG, Vyankat Rao Yogirao
Bhave, Sachiv of. A ruling chief ; b.
1877. Succeeded to the gadi as a
minor February 11, 1878. Belongs to
a Brahman Hindu family. The fort
of Rdmdurg or Ramdrug was a very
strong one, and was placed by the
Peshwas in charge of the ancestors of
the present Chief, on condition of
military service. It was conquered by
the Sultan Haidar Ali of Mysore in
1778, and in 1784 Tippu Sultan carried
off the Chief and his family as prisoners
to Mysore. After the fall of Seringa-
patam and the death of Tippu in 1799,
Ram Rao, then Sachiv Chief, was again
placed in possession of Ramdurg as a
vassal of the Peshwa. His sons were



Vyankat Rao and Narayan Rao, who
succeeded to equal shares of the pa-
ternal jdgirs, and in 1818 came under
British control. The State has an area
of 140 square miles, and a population
of 29,570, chiefly Hindus, but including
1903 Muhammadans. The Chief main-
tains a military force of 13 cavalry,
455 infantry, and 1 gun. Residence:
Ramdurg, Southern Mahratta Country,
Bombay.

RAMENDRA KRISHNA, Kumar. The
title was conferred, as a personal dis-
tinction, on July 18, 1861, in recogni-
tion of his position as the second son
of the late Raja Harendra Krishna
Deb Bahddur, of the Sobha Bazar
family. The latter was the son of the
late Raja Kali Krishna Deb Bahadur,
and nephew of the Maharaja Sir Na-
renda Krishna Deb Bahadur, K.C.I. E.
(q. v.). Residence : Calcutta, Bengal.

RAMENDRALALA MITRA, Kumdr ;
b. November 26, 1864. Is the eldest
son and heir of the late Raja Rajen-
dralala Mitra Bahadur, D.L., C.I.E., of
Calcutta, the most famous of modern
Indian scholars and authors. Belongs
to a family of great antiquity, whose
ancestor, Kalidasa Mitra, came from
Kanauj to the Court of King Adisur
of Bengal, and was ennobled by that
monarch. Eighteenth in direct lineal
descent from Kalidasa was Ayodhya-
rama, who was a Biwdn in the service
of the Nawab Nazim of Murshidabad,
and received from the latter the title
of Rai Bahddur. His grandson, Pitam-
bara, was the vakil of the Nawab
Yazir of Oudh at the Court of Delhi ;
he obtained a considerable Jdgir at
Kurah, near Allahabad, with the titles
of Raja Bahddur and Sehazdrimansab-
ddr, or commander of 3000 horse. The
great-grandson of Pitambara was the
late Raja Rdjendralala Mitra, whose
learned works on Sanskrit, on the
Antiquities of Orissa, and on many
other subjects, obtained for him a
world-wide fame. He was the first
Fellow of the University of Calcutta
who was honoured with the degree of
D.L., honoris causd ; which was con-
ferred upon him in March 1876. He
was granted the title of Rai Bahddur
as a personal distinction on January
1, 1877, on the occasion of the Procla-
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stitution of the Most Eminent Order
of the Indian Empire, January 1, 1878,
he was created one of the first Com-
panions. Ten years later, January 1,
1888, he received the title of Rdjd as
a personal distinction. His sons are —
the Kumar Rdmendraldla Mitra, sub-
ject of the present notice ; and the
Kumar Mahendralala Mitra, born Oc-
tober 21, 1870, married in 1891 to
Sarala, eldest daughter of Babu Brah-
manath Sen of Calcutta. The title of
Kumar is a courtesy one. Kumar
Ramendralala was educated at the
Metropolitan Institution, and the
Presidency College of the Calcutta
University (B.A. 1886, B.L. 1888).
He married, in 1887, Kundanandini,
fourth daughter of Babu Gopala
Chandra Basu of Chandernagore, who
died in 1890, without issue. The arms
adopted by the family are — A circular
Indian shield, azure, bordered with a
serpent (ndga) with its tail in its
mouth, argent, surrounded by a
wreath of the leaves of the sacred
tulsi, or, and bearing in the centre a
figure of a bird volant, or. The bird
carries on its wings a plough and a club
crossed, or. From the beak of the
bird hangs a fillet, or. Motto. — Satya-
mebajayati ndnritam ( Sanskrit), mean-
ing — " Verily Truth prevails and not
Untruth." Residences : Calcutta and
Baidyanath.

RAMESHWAR BAKHSH SINGH (of
Birsinghpur), Rdjd; b. June 16,1875.
The title is hereditary. The Raja is
the head of the elder branch of the
powerful Amethia family. This Ksha-
triya family is a branch of the Chamar
Gaurs ; and is said to be descended
from a pregnant Gaur widow, who on
the extirpation of the Kshatriyas by
the Brahmans took refuge in a Cha-
mar's hut. The memory of this
humble refuge is kept alive in the
family by the worship of the rapt, the
cobbler's cutting-tool. Tradition places
them first at Shiupuri, and afterwards
at the celebrated fortress of Kdlinjar.
About the time of the invasion of
Timur, Raipal Singh, grandson of the
Rdjd Prithi Chand of Kalinjar, left
the ancestral home and settled at
Amethi in the Lucknow district. The
tradition in the family is that he was
sent by the Emperor of Delhi to sup-
press a rebellion in Oudh; and that



he defeated and slew Balbhadra Sen,
a Bishan Rdjd, for which he received
the title of Rdjd of Amethia, and the
family cognomen of " Amethia." To-
wards the end of the 15th century
three brothers of this family, the sons
of Rdjd Jamdhar Singh, made further
conquests; and the eldest of these,
Rdjd Dingar Singh, was the ancestor
of the Kumrawan Rdjds — the youngest,
Rdm Singh, being the ancestor of the
Amethia Rdjd, Bhdgwdn Bakhsh of
Pokhra Ansari (q.v.). Seventeenth in
lineal descent from Rdjd Dingar Singh
is the present Rdjd, Rdmeshwar
Bakhsh Singh of Birsinghpur. Resi-
dence : Sheogarh, Pargand Kumrawan,
Rae Bareli, Oudh.

RAMGARH, Rdjd of. See Nam Nara-
yan Singh.

RAMGARH, Mian of. See Pardumdn
Singh ; see also Sukhdarshan Singh.

RAMGARH, Thakur Man Singh, Thd-
kur of. A ruling chief ; b. 1847. Suc-
ceeded to the gadi April 9, 1863. Be-
longs to a Rdjput (Hindu) family.
Residence : Ramgarh, Bhopdl, Central
India.

RAMGATI MUKHARJI, Rai Bahddur.
See Ram Gati.

RAMJI BHAGWAN BHAGAT, Rao Sa-
heb. Received the title on June 3,
1899. Residence: Bombay.

RAMJI GANGAJI BHORE, Rao Saheb.
The title was conferred, as a personal
distinction, on June 1, 1888. Resi-
dence : Bombay.

RAMJI PANDTJ, Rao Saheb. Received
the title on June 3, 1899. Residence :
Poona, Bombay.

RAMKRISHNA GOPAL BHANDAR-
KAR, CLE. ; b. July 6, 1837. Edu-
cated at Ratnagiri Government Eng-
lish School and Elphinstone College,
Bombay; B.A. 1862, M.A. 1863, Ex-
amination Degree in 1866; Dakshina
Fellow in Elphinstone and Poona
College, January 1859-August 1864 ;
Head-Master High School, Hyderabad
(Sind) and Ratnagiri, August 1864-
December 1869 ; Acting Professor of
Oriental Languages, Elphinstone and
Deccan College, and Assistant Profes-
sor of Sanskrit, Elphinstone College,
January 1869-December 1881; Pro-
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College, Poona, January 1882; Hon.
Ph.D. (Gottingen), 1885; Hon.
M.R.A.S. London, 1874; Corr. M.
Germ. Or. Soc. 1887 ; Hon. M. Amer.
Or. Soc. 1887 ; Hon. M. Asiat. S. of
Italy, 1887 ; Corr. M. Imperial Ac. of
Sciences, St. Petersburg, 1888. Created
a Companion of the Most Eminent
Order of the Indian Empire, January
1889. Author and editor of Sanskrit
literary and antiquarian works ; and of
articles in the Journal of the Bombay
Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society,
the Indian Antiquary, and Transac-
tions of International Oriental Con-
gress, London 1874, and Vienna 1886 ;
Fellow University of Bombay, and
Syndic in Arts, 1873-1884. Is also a
Fellow of the University of Calcutta.
He has three sons — (1) Shridhar, born
December 1858, M.A. (Bombay) 1882,
Assistant Registrar, University, Bom-
bay ; (2) Prabhakar, born November
1862, B.A. 1882, L.M.and S. 1888 ; (3)
Devadatta, born November 1875. Resi-
dence: Bombay.

RAMNAD, Raja Bhaskara Setupati,
Rdjd of. The full style and title of
this Raja is Hiranyagarbhayaji Ravi-
kula Muthuvijaya Raghunatha Bhas-
kara, Raja of Ramnad, and Setupati.
He was born 1868, attained his
majority in 1889. Is the head of the
Maravar family or caste, and by custom
entitled to affix the title of " Setupati "
or "lord of the causeway" (alluding
to Adam's Bridge between Ceylon and
India) to his name. Pokalur, now a
small hamlet on the Madura road, ten
miles north-west of Ramnad, was
formerly the family seat ; but about
the commencement of the 18th
century they moved to Ramnad and
fortified it. In 1729 the great Zamin-
ddri of Sivagunga was wrested from
the then Setupati by a rebellious
vassal. This territory came under the
British Power by the treaty of 1792,
with the dominions of the other pdle-
gdrs dependent on the Subahddri or
Governorship of Arcot. In 1795 the
Raja was deposed for rebellion, and
sent as a prisoner to Madras ; and in
1803 his elder sister was placed in
possession of the estates. Residence :
Ramnad, Madura, Madras.

RAMNAGAR DHAMERI, Raja of. See
Sarabjit Singh.



RAMNARAYAN SINGH (of Khaira),
Rdjd; b. 1848. The title was con-
ferred, as a personal distinction, on
January 1, 1877, on the occasion of the
Proclamation of Her Most Gracious
Majesty as Empress of India. Belongs
to a Rajput family that came into
Bengal in early ages from Rewah in
Central India. Nirbhai Singh was
succeeded by his son, Mahendra Na-
rayan Singh, who was the father of
the present Raja. The Raja rendered
good service in the time of the famine
of 1873-74. He has two sons — Ku-
mar Sri Narayan Singh and Kartik
Narayan Singh. Residence: Khaira,
Monghyr, Bengal.

RAMPAL (of Kutlahr), Rdjd. The title
is hereditary. The Raja is the head
of a very ancient family of Rajputs
that were formerly rulers in Kutlahr,
according to the local traditions, for
forty generations. The first Raja of
Kutlahr came from Sambhal, Morada-
bad, North-Western Provinces . In the
time of the Katoch Chief Ghamand
Chand, grandfather of Sansar Chand,
half of the Kutlahr principality had
been annexed to Kangra ; and in San-
sar Chand's time all the Raja's posses-
sions were lost. Subsequently, when
Sansar Chand was hard pressed by the
Gurkhas, the Raja of Kutlahr was
able to recover his ancestral fortress of
Kotwal Bah, on the second range of
hills overlooking the Sutlej. In 1825
this fortress was besieged by the Sikhs,
and surrendered by the Raja on the
promise of a considerable jdgir, which
the family enjoys to the present time.
The Raja has a son, born about 1876.
Residence : Kutlahr, Kangra, Punjab.

RAMPAL SINGH (of Kori Sidhauli),
Rdjd ; b. August 6, 1867. The title is
hereditary. Belongs to the Naihesta
branch of the great Bais Tilokchandi
clan of Rajputs — to which also belong
the Rana Sir Shankar Bakhsh Singh,
K.C.I.E., of Thalrai (q.v.), the Raja
Sheopal Singh of Murarmau (q.v. ), and
other Barons of Oudh. The two
grandsons of Harhardeo, second son of
Tilok Chand, were Khem Karan, an-
cestor of the Simbasi Ranas of Thalrai,
and Karan Rai, ancestor of this Naih-
esta family. The latter's two sons,
Har Singh Rai and Bir Singh Rai,
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name from the village of Naihesba in
the Bihar Pargana of Unao. At the
time of the invasion by Nawab Saadat
Khan, and the establishment of his
dynasty in Oudh, Raj& Sadak Singh
was Chief of Kori Sidhauli, and was a
leader of great influence. His two
sons died without issue, and a cousin,
Inayat Ali, who had been converted to
Muhammadanism, was adopted, and
became Raja. His son, Raja Drigpal
Singh, returned to the religion of his
ancestors, but the family still retain
one Muhammadan fashion, viz. as to
the side on which they fashion their
chapkans or tunics. Raja Drigpal
Singh's grandson, Raja Hindpal Singh,
was the grandfather of the present
Raja. The latter has been educated
at the Aligarh College. Residence:
Kori Sidhauli, Bachrawan, Rai Bareli,
Oudh.

RAMPAL SINGH (of Rampur Dharu-
pur), Rdjd; b. August 22, 1849. The
title of Raja was conferred by the late
Wajid Ali Shah, last King of Oudh,
on Raja Hanwant Singh, maternal
grandfather of the present Raja, and
was recognized by Government as here-
ditary in December 1877. Belongs to
the Bisen family; descended, accord-
ing to tradition, from Mewai Bhat, a
devotee, whose representative in the
hundred and fifteenth generation is
said to be the present Raja of Majhauli
in the Gorakhpur district of the North-
Western Provinces. The Oudh branch
of the family includes the Raja Udai
Partab Singh of Bhinga, and the Rai
Sarabjit Singh of Bhadri, as well as
the Raja Rampal Singh of Rampur
Dharupur. They state that the Oudh
branch broke off from Majhauli —
whose Raja they still recognize as
their Chief — in the person of Rai
Hum, a son of the Majhauli Raja,
who, about the year 1193 A.D., is said
to have migrated into Oudh, and
settled there under the protection of
the powerful Manik Chand, Garhwar
Ra ja of Manikpur. Rai Raghu, fourth
in descent from Rai Hum, obtained
some lands at Derwa. There were
constant feuds between the Bisens of
Derwa and the Kanhpurias of Kaithola
(see Jaibans Kunwar, Rani of Kaithola),
who became the hereditary enemies of
the clan. In 1748, in the time of the
Nawab Safdar Jang, the Nazim at



Manikpur attempted to introduce a
raiyatwdri settlement, whereon the
Bisens rose in rebellion, attacked the
Nazim at Manikpur, and slew him.
In 1839 Lai Hanwant Singh built a
fort at Kalakankar, on the banks of
the Ganges, and surrounded it with a
canal from the Ganges, so as to be
surrounded by the waters of the sacred
stream. In 1849 he was made a Raja
by the King of Oudh. At the out-
break of the Mutiny in 1857 Raja
Hanwant Singh did good service by
saving the treasure of the tahsil and
the lives of some British officers. The
latter he sheltered in his fort from
June 11 to 22, 1857, and having seen
them in safety to Allahabad — a service
for which he was afterwards rewarded
by a khilat and a valuable jdgir — he
returned to his fort " to maintain to
the last an obstinate but manly and
gallant resistance to the reoccupation
of the Province " by the British forces.
His only son, Partab Singh, was killed
in action at Chanda in Sultanpur,
fighting against Colonel Broughton's
force. At the restoration of order, the
Raja submitted and was pardoned, and
in 1860 invested with the powers of
an Assistant Magistrate and Collector.
The present Raja is the son of Raja
Hanwant Singh's daughter. He has
resided many years in England, and is
an Honorary Magistrate. Residence:
Kalakankar, Pargana Rampur, Partab-
garh, Oudh.

RAMPARTAB SINGH (of Mainpuri),
Rdja; b. November 11, 1849. The
title was conferred, as a personal dis-
tinction, on December 10, 1868 — the
conferment being apparently in the
nature of the revival, in a personal
form, of ancient honours forfeited by
the late Raja Tej Singh for rebellion
in the time of the Mutiny of 1857.
The Raja is the head of one of the
noblest and most ancient families of



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