Raghubir Singh Jind

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Raja Raghubir Singh (1834-7 March 1887) was a Raja of Jind of the Phulkian dynasty who reigned from 1864 to 1887.

Early life[edit]

Singh was born at Bazidpur in 1834, the younger of two sons of Swarup Singh of Jind. In 1848, he became heir apparent to his father upon the death of his older brother. During the Great Uprising, he fought alongside his father in armor and mail at some of the major battles against the rebels.

Raja of Jind[edit]

Following his father's death in 1864, Raghubir Singh ascended the Jind gadi, having his coronation on 31 March of that year. The coronation was attended by the Lieutenant-Governor of the Punjab, Robert Montgomery, as well as by the Maharaja of Patiala-the head of the Phulkian clan. Raghubir Singh established his main residence at Sangrur, and began a long campaign to remodel his state. He rebuilt the Sangrur bazaar, constructed gardens and built temples, water tanks, public buildings and paved roads. In 1872, he contributed a contingent of the Jind artillery for service in the Kuka outbreak. In 1874, he faced a serious revolt in his territory of Dadri, as well as in some other lands acquired after 1857, but he took personal command of his troops and subdued the revolt in a month.

In 1875, Raghubir Singh was knighted with the GCSI, the highest imperial dignity, receiving the KIH in 1877 and the CIE in 1878. During the Second Afghan War, he sent 700 cavalry and infantry to the aid of the British forces in Afghanistan. In 1877, Raghubir Singh was made a Councillor of the Empire (an ADC to the Viceroy). He was granted the title of Raja-i-Rajgan in 1881, and died six years later after a 23 year reign, aged 53. As his only son had died in 1883, he was succeeded by his grandson, Ranbir Singh.

Personal life[edit]

Raghubir Singh married twice, first marrying Sama Kaur, the daughter of Jawahar Singh. The couple had a son and a daughter:

  • 1. Balbir Singh (1857–1883). Married twice, first to a lady from Lahore (d. 1875) and secondly in 1872 to a daughter of the Sardar of Shahzadpur. He had a son and a daughter by his second wife:
    • 1. Ranbir Singh, who succeeded his grandfather as Raja and later Maharaja of Jind.
    • 2. Balbir Kaur, who married the Raja of Hathras (1886–1979) in 1902 and had one son.
  • 2. A daughter, who married the Rai of Kalsia and had two sons.

Titles[edit]

  • 1834-1848: Maharajkumar Sri Raghubir Singh
  • 1848-1864: Sri Tikka Sahib Raghubir Singh Bahadur
  • 1864-1875: His Highness Farzand-i-Dilband, Rasikh-ul-Itiqad-i-Daulat-i-Inglishia, Raja Sri Raghubir Singh Bahadur, Raja of Jind
  • 1875-1878: His Highness Farzand-i-Dilband, Rasikh-ul-Itiqad-i-Daulat-i-Inglishia, Raja Sri Sir Raghubir Singh Bahadur, Raja of Jind, GCSI
  • 1878-1881: His Highness Farzand-i-Dilband, Rasikh-ul-Itiqad-i-Daulat-i-Inglishia, Raja Sri Sir Raghubir Singh Bahadur, Raja of Jind, GCSI, CIE
  • 1881-1887: His Highness Farzand-i-Dilband, Rasikh-ul-Itiqad-i-Daulat-i-Inglishia, Raja-i-Rajgan, Raja Sri Sir Raghubir Singh Bahadur, Raja of Jind, GCSI, CIE

Honours[edit]

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