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Gwalior State

Gwalior State
Princely state of British India

Flag Coat of arms
Flag Coat of arms
Location of Gwalior
Gwalior state in 1903
Capital Lashkar
 -  Established 1761
 -  Accession to India 1948
 -  1931 68,291 km2 (26,367 sq mi)
 -  1931 3,523,070 
Density 51.6 /km2  (133.6 /sq mi)
The Maharaja of Gwalior before his palace by Edwin Lord Weeks.

Gwalior State was an Indian kingdom and princely state during the British Raj. It was ruled In subsidiary alliance with the British by the Scindia dynasty of the Marathas and was entitled to a 21-gun salute.[1] The state took its name from the old town of Gwalior, which, although never the actual capital, was an important place because of its strategic location and the strength of its fort. The state was founded in the early 18th century by Ranoji Sindhia of Kunbi Maratha caste, as part of the Maratha Confederacy. Under Mahadji Sindhia (1761–1794) Gwalior State became a leading power in northern India, and dominated the affairs of the confederacy. The Anglo-Maratha Wars brought Gwalior State under British suzerainty, so that it became a princely state of the British Indian Empire. Gwalior was the largest state in the Central India Agency, under the political supervision of a Resident at Gwalior. In 1936, the Gwalior residency was separated from the Central India Agency, and made answerable directly to the Governor-General of India. After Indian Independence in 1947, the Sindhia rulers acceded to the new Union of India, and Gwalior state was absorbed into the new Indian state of Madhya Bharat.[2]


  • Geography 1
  • History 2
    • Rulers 2.1
      • Mahadji Sindhia (1761-1794) 2.1.1
      • Daulatrao Sindhia (1794-1827) 2.1.2
      • Jankojirao II Sindhia (1827-1843) 2.1.3
      • Jayajirao Sindhia (1843-1886) 2.1.4
    • Development in the Gwalior State 2.2
      • Madhavrao II Sindhia (1886-1925) 2.2.1
      • George Jiyajirao Sindhia (1925-1948) 2.2.2
    • Genealogy 2.3
      • Maharajas 2.3.1
  • Administration 3
    • British Residents 3.1
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • Further reading 6


The state had a total area of 64,856 km2 (25,041 sq mi), and was composed of several detached portions, but was roughly divided into two, the Gwalior or Northern section, and the Malwa section. The northern section consisted of a compact block of territory with an area of 44,082 km2 (17,020 sq mi), lying between 24º10' and 26º52' N. and 74º38' and 79º8' E. It was bounded on the north, northeast, and northwest by the Chambal River, which separated it from the native states of Dholpur, Karauli, and Jaipur in the Rajputana Agency; on the east by the British districts of Jalaun and Jhansi in the United Provinces, and by Saugor District in the Central Provinces; on the south by the states of Bhopal, Khilchipur, and Rajgarh, and by the Sironj pargana of Tonk State; and on the west by the states of Jhalawar, Tonk, and Kotah in the Rajputana Agency.[3]

The Malwa section, which included the city of Ujjain, had an area of 20,774 km2 (8,021 sq mi). It was made up of several detached districts, between which portions of other states were interposed, and which were themselves intermingled in bewildering intricacy.

In 1940 Gwalior State had 4,006,159 inhabitants.[4]


The predecessor state of Gwalior was founded in the 10th century. It was annexed by the Delhi Sultanate and was a part of it till 1398. It again became a part of the Mughal empire from 1528 to 1731.

The founder of the Gwalior house was Ranoji Sindhia, who belonged to an impoverished branch of the Shinde or Sindhia house which traced its descent from a family of which one branch held the hereditary post of patil in Kannerkhera, a village 16 miles (26 km) east of Satara.[5] The head of the family received a patent of rank from the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, while a daughter of the house was married to the Maratha chief Shahu.

In 1726, Ranoji along with Malhar Rao Holkar, the founder of the house of Indore, and the Ponwar, were authorized by the Peshwa Baji Rao I to collect chauth (25% of the revenues) and sardeshmukhi (10% over and above the chauth) in the Malwa districts, retaining for his own remuneration half the mokassa (or his remaining 65 percent). Ranoji fixed his headquarters in the ancient city of Ujjain, which ultimately became the capital of the Sindhia dominion, and on 19 July 1745 he died near Shujalpur, where his centotaph stands. He left three legitimate sons, Jayappa, Dattaji, and Jotiba, and two illegitimate, Tukaji and Mahadji. Jayappa succeeded to the territories of Ranoji, but was killed at Nagaur in 1759. He was followed by his son Jankoji, who was taken prisoner at the Third Battle of Panipat in 1761 and put to death, and Mahadji succeeded.


Mahadji Sindhia (1761-1794)

Personal flag of the ruler of Gwalior.

Madhavrao I, popularly known as Mahadji, and his successor Daulatrao took a leading part in shaping the history of India during their rule. Mahadji returned from the Deccan to Malwa in 1764, and by 1769 reestablished his power there. In 1772 Madhavrao Peshwa died, and in the struggles which ensued Mahadji took an important part, and seized every chance of increasing his power and augmenting his possessions. In 1775 Raghoba Dada Peshwa threw himself on the protection of the British. The reverses which Sindhia's forces met with at the hands of Colonel Goddard after his famous march from Bengal to Gujarat (1778) the fall of Gwalior to Major Popham (1780), and the night attack by Major Camac, opened his eyes to the strength of the new power which had entered the arena of Indian politics. In 1782 the Treaty of Salbai was made with Sindhia, the chief stipulations being that he should withdraw to Ujjain, and the British north of the Yamuna, and that he should negotiate treaties with the other belligerents. The importance of the treaty can scarcely be exaggerated. It made the British arbiters of peace in India and virtually acknowledged their supremacy, while at the same time Sindhia was recognized as an independent chief and not as a vassal of the Peshwa. A resident, Mr. Anderson (who had negotiated the treaty) was at the same time appointed to Sindhia's court.[6] Between 1782 and Dec 1805 Dholpur State was annexed by Gwalior.[7]

Sindhia took full advantage of the system of neutrality pursued by the British to establish his supremacy over Northern India. In this he was assisted by the genius of Shah Alam II on his throne at Delhi, receiving in return the title of deputy Vakil-ul-Mutlak or vice-regent of the Empire, that of Vakil-ul-Mutlak being at his request conferred on the Peshwa, his master, as he was pleased to designate him. Many of the principal feudal lords of the empire refused to pay tribute to Sindhia. Sindhia launched an expedition against the Raja of Jaipur, but withdrew after the inconclusive Battle of Lalsot in 1787. On 17 June 1788 Sindhia's armies defeated Ismail Beg, a Mughal noble who resisted the Marathas. The Afghan chief Ghulam Kadir, Ismail Beg's ally, took over Delhi, and deposed and blinded the Emperor Shah Alam, placing a puppet on the Delhi throne. Sindhia intervened, taking possession of Delhi on 2 October, restoring Shah Alam to the throne and acting as his protector. Mahadji sent de Boigne to crush the forces of Jaipur at Patan (20 June 1790) and the armies of Marwar at Merta on 10 September 1790. After the peace made with Tipu Sultan in 1792, Sindhia successfully exerted his influence to prevent the completion of a treaty between the British, the Nizam of Hyderabad, and the Peshwa, directed against Tipu. In the same year Sindhia carried out the investiture of the Peshwa with the insignia of Vakil-ul-Mutlak. During the ceremony he professed the greatest humility, even insisting on bearing the Peshwa's slippers, as his father had served an earlier Peshwa. The old Maratha nobles, however, were disgusted, and refused to attend or offer the usual complimentary gifts to Sindhia. De Boigne defeated the forces of Tukaji Holkar at Lakheri on 1 June 1793. Mahadji was now at the zenith of his power, when all his schemes for further aggrandizement were cut short by his sudden death in 1794 at Wanowri near Pune.

Daulatrao Sindhia (1794-1827)

Mahadji left no heir, and was succeeded by Daulat Rao, a grandson of his brother Tukaji, who was scarcely 15 years of age at the time. Daulat Rao looked upon himself as the chief sovereign in India and not as member of the Maratha Confederacy. At this time the death of the young Peshwa, Madhav Rao II (1795), and the troubles which it occasioned, the demise of Tukaji Holkar and the rise of the Yashwant Rao Holkar, together with the intrigues of Nana Fadnavis, threw the country into confusion and enabled Sindhia to gain the ascendancy. He also came under the influence of Sarje Rao Ghatke, the most unprincipled scoundrel of his day, whose daughter he had married (1798). Urged possibly by this adviser, Daulat Rao aimed at increasing his dominions at all costs, and seized territory from the Maratha Ponwars of Dhar and Dewas. The rising power of Yashwant Rao Holkar of Indore, however, alarmed him. In July 1801, Yashwant Rao appeared before Sindhia's capital of Ujjain, and after defeating some battalions under John Hessing, extorted a large sum from its inhabitants, but did not ravage the town. In October, however, Sarje Rao Ghatke took revenge by sacking Indore, razing it almost to the ground, and practicing every form of atrocity on its inhabitants. From this time dates the gardi-ka-wakt, or 'period of unrest', as it is still called, during which the whole of central India was overrun by the armies of Sindhia and Holkar and their attendant predatory Pindari bands, under Amir Khan and others. De Boigne had retired in 1796; and his successor, Pierre Cuillier-Perron, was a man of a very different stamp, whose determined favouritism of French officers, ind defiance of all claims to promotion, produced discontent in the regular corps.

Finally, on 31 December 1802, the Peshwa signed the Treaty of Bassein, by which the British were recognized as the paramount power in India. The continual evasion shown by Sindhia in all attempts at negotiation brought him into conflict with the British, and his power was completely destroyed in both western and northern India by the British victories at Ahmadnagar, Assaye, Asirgarh, and Laswari. His famous brigades were annihilated and his military power irretrievably broken. On 30 December 1803, he signed the Treaty of Surji Anjangaon, by which he was obliged to give up his possessions between the Yamuna and the Ganges, the district of Bharuch, and other lands in the south of his dominions; and soon after by the Treaty of Burhanpur he agreed to maintain a subsidiary force to be paid for out of the revenues of territory ceded by the treaty. By the ninth article of the Treaty of Sarji Anjangaon he was deprived of the fortresses of Gwalior and Gohad, The discontent produced by the last condition almost caused a rupture, and did actually result in the plundering of the Resident's camp and detention of the Resident as a prisoner.

In 1805, under the new policy of Lord Cornwallis, Gohad and Gwalior were restored, and the Chambal River was made the northern boundary of the state, while certain claims on Rajput states were abolished, the British government at the same time binding itself to enter into no treaties with Udaipur, Jodhpur, Kotah, or any chief tributary to Sindhia in Malwa, Mewar, or Marwar. In 1811, Daulat Rao annexed the neighboring kingdom of Chanderi. In 1816 Sindhia was called on to assist in the suppression of the Pindaris. For some time it was doubtful what line he would take, but he ultimately signed the Treaty of Gwalior in 1817 by which he promised full cooperation. He did not, however, act up to his professions, and connived at the retention of the fort of Asirgarh, which had been ceded by the treaty. A fresh treaty in 1818 effected a readjustment of boundaries, Ajmer and other lands being ceded.[8]

Jankojirao II Sindhia (1827-1843)

In 1827 Daulat Rao died, leaving no son or adopted heir. His widow, Baiza Bai, adopted Mukut Rao, a boy of eleven belonging to a distant but legitimate branch of the family, who succeeded as Jankojirao Sindhia. Jankojirao was a weak ruler and feuds were constant at his court, while the army was in a chronic state of mutiny. Upon his succession, difficulties arose as to whether the Bai should ruler in her own right or as regent, and her behaviour towards the young king finally caused a rise in feeling in his favour which impelled the Bai to take refuge in British territory. She returned after an interval and lived at Gwalior until her death in 1862. The chief's maternal uncle, known as Mama Sahib, had meanwhile become minister. The most important event during this period was the readjustment of the terms for maintaining the contingent force raised under the treaty of 1817.[9]

Jayajirao Sindhia (1843-1886)

Jayajirao Scindia, in 1875

Jankojirao died in 1843; and in the absence of an heir, his widow Tara Bai adopted Bhagirath Rao, a son of Hanwant Rao, commonly called Babaji Sindhia. He succeeded under the name of Jayajirao Sindhia, the Mama Sahib being chosen as regent. Tara Bai, however, came under the influence of Dada Khasgiwala, the comptroller of her household, an unscrupulous adventurer who wished to get all power into his own hands. A complicated series of intrigues followed, which it is impossible to unravel. The Dada, however, succeeded in driving Mama Sahib from the state and became minister. He filled all appointments with his relatives, and matters rapidly passed from bad to worse, ending in the assemblage of large bodies of troops who threatened an attack on Sironj, where Mama Sahib was then residing. War was impending in the Punjab, and, as it was essential to secure peace, the British Government decided to interfere. Colonel Sleeman, the Resident, was withdrawn, and the surrender of Dada Khasgiwala was demanded.[10]

A British force under Sir Hugh Gough moved on Gwalior, and crossed the Chambal in December 1843. On 29 December followed the simultaneous battles of Panniar and Maharajpur, in which the Gwalior army was annihilated. A treaty was then made, under which certain lands to the value of 1.8 million, including Chanderi District, were ceded for the upkeep of a contingent force, besides other lands for the liquidation of the expenses incurred in the late war, the State army was reduced, and a Council of Regency was appointed during the minority, to act under the residents advice.

In 1852 Dinkar Rao became minister, and under his able management radical reforms were introduced into every department of the administration. Srimant Maharaja Jayavirao (also called as Maharaj Jayajirao saheb Shinde) was in favor to have a fight with British army. On 17 June 1858 Gwalior was captured by Sir Hugh Rose and Maharaja sri Jayajirao was reinstated. For his services lands worth 300,000 per year, including the portion of Chanderi District west of the Betwa River, were made over, and he was allowed to increase his infantry from 3000 to 5000 men, and his artillery from 32 to 36 guns. In 1858 Gwalior annexed Chanderi State.[7]

Development in the Gwalior State

Madhav Rao Scindia about 1903.
George Jiyajirao Sindhia

Jayajirao Shinde was the Founder of Development in Gwalior after 1857 and worked for the peoples of gwalior to establish their own business. He was a very good artist of Gwalior Gharana Classical Music and opened a school for learning music. The Gwalior got its music in his regein. It was his sole efforts that made Gwalior the most advanced city of India. GCB - Knight Grand Cross Order of the Bath (medal 1.1.1877), GCSI - (25.6.1861), CIE (1.1.1878). In 1872 the state lent 7.5 million for the construction of the Agra-Gwalior portion of the Great Indian Peninsular Railway, and a similar amount in 1873 for the Indore-Nimach section of the Rajputana-Malwa railway. A personal salute of 21 guns was conferred in 1877,[1] and Jayajirao became a Counsellor of the Empress and later on a GCB and CIE. In 1882 land was ceded by the state for the Midland section of the Great Indian Peninsular Railway.

In 1885 Gwalior fort and Morar cantonment, with some other villages, which had been held by British troops since 1858, were exchanged for Jhansi city.[12]

Madhavrao II Sindhia (1886-1925)

Jayaji Rao died in 1886 and was succeeded by his son, Madho Rao Sindhia, then a boy in his tenth year. A council of Regency conducted the administration until 1894, when the Maharaja obtained powers. He took a deep and active interest in the administration of the state, and had a comprehensive grasp of the work done in each department. In 1900 the Maharaja went to China during the Boxer Rebellion, at the same time presenting a hospital ship for the accommodation of the wounded.

George Jiyajirao Sindhia (1925-1948)

George Jivajirao Sindhia ruled the state of Gwalior as absolute monarch until shortly after India's independence on 15 August 1947. The rulers of Indian princely states had the choice of acceding to either of the two dominions (India and Pakistan) created by the India Independence Act 1947 or remaining outside them. Jivajirao signed a covenant with the rulers of the adjoining princely states that united their several states to form a new state within the union of India known as Madhya Bharat. This new covenanted state was to be governed by a council headed by a ruler to be known as the Rajpramukh. Madhya Bharat signed a fresh Instrument of Accession with the Indian dominion effective from 15 June 1948. Jivajirao became the first rajpramukh, or appointed governor, of the state on 28 May 1948. He served as Rajpramukh until 31 October 1956, when the state was merged into Madhya Pradesh.


The rulers of Gwalior bore the title of Maharaja Scindia.[7][13][14][15][16]


  • 1731 - 19 Jul 1745 Ranojirao Scindia (d. 1745)
  • 19 Jul 1745 - 25 Jul 1755 Jayapparao Scindia (d. 1755)
  • 25 Jul 1755 - 15 Jan 1761 Jankojirao I Scindia (b. 1745 - d. 1761)
  • 25 Jul 1755 - 10 Jan 1760 Dattaji -Regent (d. 1760)
  • 15 Jan 1761 - 25 Nov 1763 Interregnum
  • 25 Nov 1763 - 10 Jul 1764 Kadarjirao Scindia (Kedarjirao)
  • 10 Jul 1764 - 18 Jan 1768 Manajirao Scindia (d. af.1777)
  • 18 Jan 1768 - 12 Feb 1794 Madhavrao I Scindia (b. c.1727 - d. 1794)
  • 12 Feb 1794 - 21 Mar 1827 Daulatrao Scindia (b. 1779 - d. 1827)
  • 21 Mar 1827 - 17 Jun 1827 Maharani Baija Bai (f) -Regent (b. 1787 - d. 1862)
  • 17 Jun 1827 - 7 Feb 1843 (1st time)
  • 17 Jun 1827 - 7 Feb 1843 Jankojirao II Scindia (Jivajirao Scindia) (b. 1805 - d. 1843)
  • 17 Jun 1827 - Dec 1832 Maharani Baija Bai (f) -Regent (s.a.) (2nd time)
  • 7 Feb 1843 - 20 Jun 1886 Jayajirao Scindia (b. 1835 - d. 1886) (from 25 Jun 1861, Sir Jayajirao Scindia)
  • 7 Feb 1843 - 13 Jan 1844 Maharani Tara Bai (f) -Regent (b. 1831 - d. ....)
  • 1843 - Jan 1844 Dada Khasjiwallah (in rebellion)
  • 20 Jun 1886 - 5 Jun 1925 Madhavrao II Scindia (b. 1876 - d. 1925) (from 25 May 1895, Sir Madhavrao II Scindia)
  • 17 Aug 1886 - 15 Dec 1894 Maharani Sakhya Bai (f) -Regent (b. 1862 - d. 1919)
  • 5 Jun 1925 - 15 Aug 1947 George Jivaji Rao Scindia (b. 1916 - d. 1961) (from 1 Jan 1941, Sir George Jivaji Rao Scindia)
  • 5 Jun 1925 - 23 Nov 1931 Maharani Chinku Bai (f) -Regent (d. 1931)
  • 23 Nov 1931 - 22 Nov 1936 Maharani Gajra Rajebai (f) -Regent (d. 1943)


For administrative purposes the state was divided into two prants or divisions; Northern Gwalior and Malwa. Northern Gwalior comprised seven zilas or districts: Gwalior Gird, Bhind, Sheopur, Tonwarghar, Isagarh, Bhilsa, and Narwar. The Malwa Prant comprises four zilas, Ujjain, Mandsaur, Shajapur, and Amjhera. The zilas were subdivided into parganas, the villages in a pargana being grouped into circles, each under a patwari.

The administration of the state was controlled by the Maharaja, assisted by the Sadr Board. This Board consisted of seven members, the Maharaja himself being president and the members being in charge of different departments, of which the most important were the Revenue, Land Records and Settlement, Forest, Accounts, Public Works, Customs, and Post Office. The Maharaja had no minister, but a staff of secretaries, supervised by a chief secretary, prepared cases for the final orders of the Maharaja. The zilas were overseen by subahs, or district magistrates; in Northern Gwalior, the subahs answered directly to the Sadr Board, while in Malwa, a Sar Subah was in general charge of the Malwa prant, and controlled and oversaw the work of the four Malwa subahs.

The numerous feudal estates under Gwalior were administered by the local rulers, and were outside the administration of the zilas and prants. The small estates (thakurs or diwans) of Sangul Wardha'Agra ' were nominally under the authority of Gwalior state, but the British Resident had certain administrative and judicial powers.

British Residents

  • Nov 1781 - Dec 1783 David Anderson
  • Dec 1783 - Aug 1784 James Anderson (acting)
  • 20 Dec 1786 - 15 Oct 1787 William Kirkpatrick (b. 1754 - d. 1812)
  • Apr 1787 - Jun 1787 James Macpherson (acting)
  • 15 Oct 1787 - Sep 1797 William Palmer (b. 17.. - d. 1814)
  • Sep 1797 - 10 Oct 1798 Paris Bradshaw (acting)
  • 10 Oct 1798 - 3 Aug 1803 John Collins (d. 1807)
  • Aug 1803 - Jan 1804 Vacant
  • 12 Jan 1804 - 13 May 1804 Sir John Malcolm (b. 1769 - d. 1833)
  • 13 May 1804 - 9 Nov 1804 Josiah Webbe (acting) (b. 1768 - d. 1804)
  • 9 Nov 1805 - Dec 1805 Richard Jenkins (acting) (b. 1785 - d. 1853)
  • 18 Dec 1805 - 29 May 1808 Graeme Mercer (1st time)
  • 29 May 1808 - 11 Jul 1808 Mountstuart Elphinstone (b. 1799 - d. 1859)
  • 11 Jul 1808 - 22 Dec 1809 Robert Close (1st time)
  • 22 Dec 1809 - 28 Jul 1810 Graeme Mercer (2nd time)
  • 28 Jul 1810 - 13 Apr 1811 Charles Theophilus Metcalfe (b. 1785 - d. 1846)
  • 13 Apr 1811 - 19 Nov 1815 Richard Charles Strachey (b. 1781 - d. 1847) (1st time)
  • 19 Nov 1815 - 16 Mar 1816 Gerald Wellesley
  • Mar 1816 - Apr 1818 Robert Close (2nd time)
  • 24 May 1817 - 14 Jun 1817 James Tod (acting for Close)
  • 24 Apr 1818 - 1821 Josiah Stewart (1st time)
  • 1821 - 1823 Sir Richard Strachey (s.a.) (2nd time)
  • 1822 Johnstone (acting)
  • 1823 - 1824 Robert Close (3rd time)
  • 1824 - 1828 Josiah Stewart (2nd time)
  • 1829 - 1831 George Fielding (1st time)
  • 1831 Sir John Low (b. 1788 - d. 1880)
  • 1831 - 1832 George Fielding (2nd time)
  • 1832 John Dixon Dyke
  • 1832 - 1835 Richard Cavendish
  • 1835 - 1837 John Sutherland
  • 1837 - 1838 Dundas
  • 1838 - 1843 Alexander Speirs
  • 1843 - 1844 Sir William Henry Sleeman (b. 1788 - d. 1856)
  • 1844 - 1848 Sir Richmond Campbell Shakespear (b. 1812 - d. 1861) (1st time)
  • 1848 - 1849 D. Ross
  • 1849 Sir Richmond Campbell Shakespear (s.a.) (2nd time)
  • 1849 - 1852 Sir Henry Marion Durand (b. 1812 - d. 1871)
  • 1852 - 1854 Duncan A. Malcolm
  • 1854 - 1859 Samuel Charters Macpherson (b. 1806 - d. 1880)
  • 1859 - 1862 Sir Richard John Meade (b. 1821 - d. 1894)
  • 1862 - 1863 Richard Harte Keatinge (b. 1825 - d. 1904)
  • 1863 - 1867 Alexander Ross Elliott Hutchinson
  • 1867 - 1868 Sir Henry Dermot Daly (b. 1821 - d. 1895)
  • 1868 - 1869 Charles L. Showers
  • 1869 - 1872 Sir Crawford Trotter Chamberlain (b. 1821 - d. 1902)
  • 1872 - 1874 Eugene Clutterbuck Impey (b. 1830 - d. 1904)
  • 1874 - 1877 John William Willoughby Osborne (b. 1833 - d. 1881) (1st time)
  • 1877 Sir John Watson (1st time) (b. 1829 - d. 1919)
  • 1877 - 1880 William Tweedie (1st time) (b. 1836 - d. 1914)
  • 1880 - 8 Oct 1881 John William Willoughby Osborne (s.a.) (2nd time)
  • 1881 - 1882 Sir John Watson (2nd time) (s.a.)
  • 1882 William Tweedie (2nd time) (s.a.)
  • 1882 - 1883 Patrick W. Bannerman (1st time) (b. 1833 - d. 1912)
  • 1883 - 1884 James Cavan Berkeley (b. 1838 - d. 1926)
  • 1884 - 1886 Patrick W. Bannerman (2nd time) (s.a.)
  • 1886 - 1887 Sir David William Keith Barr (b. 1846 - d. 1916) (1st time)
  • 1887 - 1888 Patrick W. Bannerman (3rd time) (s.a.)
  • 1888 - 1892 Sir David William Keith Barr (s.a.) (2nd time)
  • 1892 - 1893 John Biddulph (acting) (b. 1840 - d. 1922)
  • 1893 - 1894 Edward Swarman Reynolds
  • Feb 1894 - Apr 1895 Sir Donald Robertson (1st time) (b. 1847 - d. 1930)
  • 1895 - 1896 Charles Withers Ravenshaw (b. 1851 - d. 1935)
  • 1896 Sir Donald Robertson (2nd time) (s.a.)
  • 1896 - 1897 Ivor Mac Iver
  • 1897 Joseph Henry Newill
  • 1897 - 1901 Thomas Caldwell Pears (1st time) (b. 1851 - d. 1921)
  • 1901 Charles Herbert (1st time)
  • 1901 - 1902 Thomas Caldwell Pears (2nd time) (s.a.)
  • 1902 - 1904 Charles Hamerton Pritchard
  • 1904 Sir Stuart Mitford Fraser (b. 1864 - d. 1963)
  • 1904 Charles Herbert (2nd time)
  • Apr 1905 - 1907 Henry Venn Cobb (b. 1864 - d. 1949)
  • 1907 Herbert Lionel Showers (b. 1861 - d. 1916)
  • 1907 - 1909 Sir Alexander Fleetwood Pinhey (b. 1861 - d. 1916)
  • 1909 - 1912 Charles Arnold Kemball (b. 1860 - d. 1943)
  • 1912 - 1924 William Ellis Jardine (b. 1867 - d. 1944)
  • 1914 Francis Granville Beville (b. 1867 - d. 1923) (acting for Jardine)
  • 1922 Edward Herbert Kealy (b. 1873 - d. 19..) (acting for Jardine)
  • Apr 1924 - 1929 Leslie Maurice Crump (b. 1875 - d. 1929)
  • 1928 - 1929 Terence Humphrey Keyes (b. 1877 - d. 1939) (acting for Crump)
  • 1929 - 1932 Cecil Hamilton Gabriel (b. 1879 - d. 1947)
  • 1932 - 1934 ....
  • 1934 - 1937 Edmund C. Gibson
  • 1937 - 1940 Gerald T. Fisher
  • 1940 - 1942 George G.B. Gillan
  • 1942 - 1944 Charles Gordon Herbert
  • 1944 - 1946 ....
  • 1946 - 1947 A.A. Russell (b. 1898 - d. 1967)[7]

See also


  1. ^ Gwalior - Princely State (21 gun salute)
  2. ^ Boland-Crewe, Tara; Lea, David (2004). The Territories and States of India. Psychology Press.  
  3. ^ Great Britain India Office. The Imperial Gazetteer of India. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1908.
  4. ^ Columbia-Lippincott Gazeteer, p. 740
  5. ^ Gwalior - Royal Ark
  6. ^ Raugh, Harold E. (2004). The Victorians at War, 1815-1914: An Encyclopedia of British Military History. ABC-CLIO. pp. 157, 171.  
  7. ^ a b c d Princely States of India
  8. ^ Ramusack, Barbara N. (2004). The Indian Princes and their States. Cambridge University Press.  
  9. ^ Keen, Caroline (2012). Princely India and the British: Political Development and the Operation of Empire. I. B. Tauris.  
  10. ^ Malgonkar, Manohar (1987). Scindia, Vijaya R., ed. The Last Maharani of Gwalior: An Autobiography. SUNY Press.  
  11. ^ Kwarteng, Kwasi (2011). Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World. Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 98–99.  
  12. ^ Markovits, Claude (ed.) (2004). A History of Modern India: 1480-1950. Anthem Press, London.
  13. ^ Gwalior - Genealogy I
  14. ^ Gwalior; The Scindia Dynasty - Genealogy II
  15. ^ Gwalior; The Scindia Dynasty - Genealogy III
  16. ^ Gwalior; The Scindia Dynasty - Genealogy IV


  1. ^ The five largest princely states in British India were Hyderabad, Kashmir, Mysore, Gwalior and Baroda. The rulers of these were entitled to the 21-gun salute. Wavell, who was Viceroy from 1943 to 1947 and was entitled to a 31-gun salute because of his position, reminded himself of these 21-gun states with the mnemonic of "Hot kippers make good breakfast".[11]

Further reading

  • Breckenridge, Carol Appadurai (1995). Consuming Modernity: Public Culture in a South Asian World. University of Minnesota Press.  
  • Farooqui, Amar (2011). Sindias and the Raj: Princely Gwalior C. 1800-1850. Primus Books.  
  • Major, Andrea (2010). Sovereignty and Social Reform in India: British Colonialism and the Campaign against Sati, 1830-1860. Taylor & Francis.  
  • McClenaghan, Tony (1996). Indian Princely Medals: A Record of the Orders, Decorations, and Medals of the Indian Princely States. Lancer Publishers. pp. 131–132.  
  • Pati, Biswamoy, ed. (2000). Issues in Modern Indian History: For Sumit Sarkar. Popular Prakashan.  

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