Henry Lawrence's young men

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The Young Men , also called 'the Paladins of the Punjaub', were a group of East India Company Officers, sent as 'advisers' to the Sikhs after the First Sikh War in 1846. In the words of George Lawrence, his duties were 'to act as a friendly adviser to the native officials.'[1] They were known as Henry Lawrence's 'Young Men' as they worked under the command of Sir Henry Lawrence, initially the Agent to the Governor General and later also the Resident at Lahore.

Collectively these men played a large role in bringing India's Northwest Frontier under the control of the British. Some were to later play an important part in the Indian Mutiny (1857). The murders in Multan of Patrick Vans Agnew and Lt. Anderson, sparked the Second Anglo-Sikh War (1848 - 1849) and led to the annexation of the Punjab.[2]

Background[edit]

After the defeat of the Sikhs in 1846, the Treaty executed provided for the stationing of a British garrison at Lahore to assist in the reconstitution of a satisfactory administration.[3]

In December 1846 by the Treaty of Bhairowal, the Sikhs agreed to allowed more direct supervision during the reign of Maharaja Duleep Singh in return for the continued service of the British garrison.[4]

'Young Men'[edit]

Personal Assistants

Assistants

Further reading[edit]

  • Political Diaries of the Agent to the Governor General, North West Frontier and Resident at Lahore from 1 January 1847 to 4 March 1848, Sang-e-Meel Publications, Lahore, Pakistan 2005 (Reprint version) ISBN 969-35-1766-0
  • Political Diaries of Lieut. H. B. Edwardes, Assistant to the Resident at Lahore 1847 - 1849, Sang-e-Meel Publications, Lahore, Pakistan 2006 (Reprint version) ISBN 969-35-1770-9
  • Political Diaries of Lieutenant Reynell G. Taylor, Mr. P. Sandys Melvill, Pandit Kunahya Lal, Mr. P. A. Vans Agnew, Lieutenant J. Nicholson, Mr. L. Bowring and Mr. A. H. Cocks, 1847 - 1849, Sang-e-Meel Publications, Lahore, Pakistan 2006 (Reprint version) ISBN 969-35-1771-7
  • Soldier Sahibs: The men who made the North-West Frontier. Charles Allen, Abacus Books ISBN 978-0-349-11456-9

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gazetteer of the Peshawar District 1897 - 98, Sang-e-Meel Publications, Lahore Pakistan 1989 (reprint) P 78
  2. ^ Gazetteer of the Multan District 1923 - 24, Sang-e-Meel Publications, Lahore, Pakistan (reprint) 2001. p 283
  3. ^ Political Diaries of the Agent to the Governor General, North West Frontier and Resident at Lahore from 1 January 1847 to 4 March 1848, Sang-e-Meel Publications, Lahore, Pakistan 2005 (Reprint version) P i
  4. ^ Political Diaries of the Agent to the Governor General, North West Frontier and Resident at Lahore from 1 January 1847 to 4 March 1848, Sang-e-Meel Publications, Lahore, Pakistan 2005 (Reprint version) P i