Rajkot State

Rajkot State was one of the princely states of India during the period of the British Raj. It was a 9 gun salute state belonging to the Kathiawar Agency of the Bombay Presidency.[2] Its capital was in Rajkot, located in the historical Halar region of Kathiawar on the banks of the Aji River. Nowadays Rajkot is the fourth largest city of Gujarat state.

Rajkot State
રાજકોટ રજવાડું[1]
Princely State of British India
1620–1948
Flag of Rajkot
Flag
Coat of arms of Rajkot
Coat of arms
SaurashtraKart.jpg
Location of Rajkot State in Saurashtra
CapitalRajkot
Area 
• 1931
730 km2 (280 sq mi)
Population 
• 1931
75,540
History 
• Established
1620
1948
Succeeded by
India

HistoryEdit

Rajkot was founded by Thakur Sahib Vibhoji Ajoji Jadeja in 1620. He was the grandson of Jam Shri Satarsal (Sataji) Vibhaji Jadeja of Nawanagar.[citation needed]

RulersEdit

The rulers of Rajkot were titled 'Thakur Sahib' with the style of 'His Highness.[3]

Thakur SahibsEdit

  • 1694 – 1720 Mehramamji II Bamaniaji (d. 1720)
  • 1720 – 1732 Masum Khan Shughaat-Mughal governor(d. 1732)
  • 1732 – 1746 Ranmalji I Mehramamji (d. 1746)
  • 1746 – 17.. Lakhaji I Ranmalji (1st time) (d. 1796)
  • 17.. – 1794 Mehramamji III Lakhaji (d. 1794)
  • 1794 – 1795 Lakhaji I Ranmalji (2nd time) (s.a.)
  • 1795 – 1825 Ranmalji II Mehramamji (d. 1825)
  • 1825 – 1844 Surajji Ranmalji (d. 1844)
  • 1844 – 8 Nov 1862 Mehramamji IV Surajji (d. 1862)
  • 8 Nov 1862 – 16 Apr 1890 Bawajiraj Mehrmansinhji (b. 1856 – d. 1890)
  • 1862 – 1867 Thakurani Bai Shri Naniba (d. 1893) Kunverba (f) -Regent
    • 1867 – 17 Jan 1876 J.H. Lloyd -Regent
  • 16 Apr 1890 – 2 Feb 1930 Lakhajiraj III Bawajiraj (b. 1885 – d. 1930) (from 3 Jun 1918, Sir Lakhajiraj III Bawajiraj)
    • 16 Apr 1890 – 21 Oct 1907 .... -Regent
  • 2 Feb 1930 – 11 Jun 1940 Dharmendrasinhji Lakhaji (b. 1910 – d. 1940)
  • 11 Jun 1940 – 15 Aug 1947 Pradumansinhji (b. 1913 – d. 1973)

British agents and residentsEdit

The city of Rajkot became the headquarters of the Western India States Agency in 1924.[citation needed]

Agents of the Governor-general for the Western India States AgencyEdit

  • 10 Oct 1924 – 15 Jul 1926 C.C. Watson
  • 16 Jul 1926 – Nov 1926 A.O. Macpherson
  • 21 Nov 1926 – 17 Oct 1927 C.L. Watson
  • 18 Oct 1927 – 18 May 1928 E.H. Kealy
  • 19 May 1928 – 2 Apr 1929 H.S. Strong
  • 3 Apr 1929 – 23 Oct 1929 T.H. Keyes
  • 24 Oct 1929 – 1931 E.H. Kealy
  • 15 Aug 1931 – 1932 A.H.E. Mosse
  • 14 Aug 1932 – 26 May 1933 Courtenay Latimer
  • 27 May 1933 – 13 Oct 1933 John Creery Tate
  • 14 Oct 1933 – 5 Jun 1936 Courtenay Latimer
  • 6 Jun 1936 – 1 Nov 1936 J. de la H. Gordon
  • 2 Nov 1936 – 31 Mar 1937 Courtenay Latimer

Residents for the Western India States AgencyEdit

  • 1 Apr 1937 – 10 Oct 1937 Courtenay Latimer
  • 11 Oct 1937 – 31 Jan 1941 Edmund C. Gibson (1st time)
  • 1 Feb 1941 – 14 Mar 1941 G.B. Williams
  • 15 Mar 1941 – 3 Apr 1942 M.C. Sinclair
  •  Apr 1942 – Nov 1942 Edmund C. Gibson (2nd time)
  • 2 Nov 1942 – 6 Sep 1944 Philipp Gaisford
  • 7 Sep 1944 – 4 Nov 1944 Cyril P. Hancock (b. 1896 – d. 1990)

Residents for Baroda, Western India States and Gujarat AgencyEdit

In 1944 the Western India States Agency was merged with the Baroda and Gujarat States Agency to form the Baroda, Western India and Gujarat States Agency.

  • 5 Nov 1944 – 14 Aug 1947 Residents in Baroda

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ BhagwatGoMandal
  2. ^ Rajkot Princely State (9 gun salute)
  3. ^ "Indian states before 1947 K-W". rulers.org. Retrieved 14 August 2019.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 22°18′00″N 70°47′00″E / 22.3000°N 70.7833°E / 22.3000; 70.7833