SOBHĀ SIṄGH, a grandson of Dīvān Siṅgh who had built the village of Qilā Dīvān Siṅgh in Gurdāspur district during the early days of Sikh power. Dīvān Siṅgh was a follower of Chaṭṭhās of Rasūlnagar. Sobhā Siṅgh's father, Hukam Siṅgh had served under Mahāṅ Siṅgh Sukkarchakkīā and afterwards under Mahārājā Raṇjīt Siṅgh in their various campaigns of conquest and died while fighting against the Yūsafzaīs. Sobhā Siṅgh was granted the villages of Qilā Dīvān Siṅgh and Koṭgaṛh on the death of his father. He served under Misr Dīvān Chand in Kashmīr, and fought in various battles on the northwest frontier, including those of Ṭerī and Peshāwar (1823). He broke fealty with the Sikh Darbār and helped the British with supplies in the Anglo-Sikh war of 1848-49. After annexation of the Punjab, he was allowed to maintain his two villages on payment of one quarter of the revenue.


  1. Griffin, Lepel, and C.F. Massy, Chiefs and Families of Note in the Punjab. Lahore, 1909
  2. Gupta, Hari Ram, History of the Sikhs, vol. II. Delhi, 1978

Sardār Siṅgh Bhāṭīā