BŪṚ SIṄGH (d. 1892), son of Ruldū Rām, appointed to do menial jobs first as an attendant in the household of Mahārājā Raṇjīt Siṅgh's wife, Rāṇī Mahtāb Kaur, and then as a water-carrier in Kaṅvar Sher Siṅgh's, carried out some of the confidential errands he was assigned to with such great skill that he not only rose in rank but also had jāgīrs in Mukerīāṅ, and houses at Baṭālā and Lahore bestowed on him. For his assistance to the British on the occasion of General Pollock's advance on Kābul, he received a jāgīr near Peshāwar. His enemies took advantage of the murder in September 1843 of his master, Mahārājā Sher Siṅgh, to harm him. Prime Minister Hīrā Siṅgh, whom Būṛ Siṅgh had once abused in public, levied on him a fine of Rs 81, 000 - equal to the amount alleged to have been misappropriated by him. He resumed his jāgīrs, too, but his downfall was short-lived. On Hīrā Siṅgh's death in 1844, the power passed to Jawāhar Siṅgh and Rājā Lāl Siṅgh who speedily reinstated Būṛ Siṅgh and appointed him governor of Amritsar. Būṛ Siṅgh proved to be an able administrator. He was put in charge of Mahārāṇī Jind Kaur by Henry Lawrence, the Resident of Lahore, during her detention in the Fort of Sheikhūpurā while his brother, Suddh Siṅgh, was in attendance on Mahārājā Duleep Siṅgh at Lahore. After the annexation of the Punjab, Būṛ Siṅgh was made a sub-registrar for the cluster of villages around Mukerīāṅ where he resided. He was president of the Municipal Committee of Mukerīāṅ and for some time acted as an honorary magistrate. The Government of India conferred upon him the title of Sardār Bahādur in 1888.

         Būṛ Siṅgh died at Mukerīāṅ in 1892.


    Griffin, Lepel, and C. F. Massy, Chiefs and Families of Note in Punjab. Lahore, 1909

Sardār Siṅgh Bhāṭīā