Ahmad Ali Khan of Rampur

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Nawab Ahmad Ali Khan Bahadur (12 October 1787 – 5 July 1840) was Nawab of Rampur from 1794 to 1840, succeeding his brother Ghulam Muhammad Khan Bahadur. The only son of Muhammad Ali Khan Bahadur, Ahmad Ali was made Nawab following the deposition of his cousin Ghulam Muhammad by the British East India Company and the Nawab of Awadh. Ahmad Ali ruled for 46 years, although he reigned from 1794–1811 under a regency. He transformed the cultural fabric of Rampur and started a tradition of cultural involvement that has been maintained by his successors to the present day. In 1801, Rampur became a vassal of the HEIC following the cession of Rohilkand by the Nawab of Awadh. Ahmad Ali died on 5 July 1840, aged 52. As his only son had died young, he was succeeded as Nawab by his cousin, Muhammad Said Khan Bahadur.[1]

His Royal Highness Ahmad Ali Khan is credited with developing the dog breed known as Rampur Hound. The Rampur Hound far exceeded his expectations. He bred these dogs by combining the ferocious Tāzī Afghan dogs with the English Greyhound, more obedient but less resistant to the harsher local weather. The Nawab himself gave the name 'Rampur Hound' to the dogs he bred.[2]


Ahmad Ali Khan of Rampur
Born: 12 October 1787 Died: 5 July 1840
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Ghulam Muhammad Khan Bahadur
Nawab of Rampur
Succeeded by
Muhammad Said Khan Bahadur