RĀM CHAND, DĪWĀN (1819-1888), son of Ratan Chand and grandson of Nānak Chand, the brother of Dīwān Sāvan Mall, Governor of Multān under Raṇjīt Siṅgh, was only twelve when he succeeded, in 1831, his grandfather as revenue collector of Multān and Kashmīr. Soon Mahārājā Raṇjīt Siṅgh appointed him chancellor, giving him charge of his private seal. After the death of the Mahārājā, Rām Chand quit service and began to live at his native town Akālgaṛh, in Gujrāṅwālā district. He was held in high esteem for his generosity and honesty. He contributed liberally towards the construction of holy tanks at Nankāṇā Sāhib, the birthplace of Gurū Nānak. At Lahore he set up a free dispensary for the poor. A Sanskrit school was also opened by him at Amritsar, besides a sadāvart or poorhouse at Vārāṇasī where he spent the last four years of his life.

         Rām Chand died in 1888.


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

Sardār Siṅgh Bhāṭīā