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Ram Singh, a skilled artisan from Chunar Fort near Kashi (Varanasi) in Uttar Pradesh, who was with Guru Gobind Singh at Paonta. According to Sukha Singh, Gurbilas Dasvin Patshahi, he improvised a gun carved out of a treetrunk. The Guru is said to have used it in the battle of Bhangani (1688), near Paonta. BIBLIOGRAPHY Sukha Singh, Gurbilas Dasvin Patshdhi. Lahore, 1912 P.S.P.
Ram Singh (1639-1714), Ram Chand before receiving the Sikh rites, was an ancestor of the ruling house of Patiala. The second son of Chaudhari Phul, he was married to Sahbi, daughter of one Nanu Bhullar, who gave birth to six sons; Dunna, Sahba, Ala Singh, Bakhta, Buddha and Laddha. Ram Singh was a daring and ambitious man and made some territorial acquisitions. The town of Rampura he founded near Bathinda celebrates his name to this day. Ram Singh was a devoted disciple of Guru Gobind Singh's and had the honour of receiving from him a hukamndmd in 1696, still preserved in the family, directing him and his brother, Tilok Singh, to repair to his presence with their contingent of horsemen. He took at the Guru's hands amrit at Damdama Sahib (Talvandi Sabo) in 1706, thus entering the fold of the Khalsa. He, along with his brother, assisted Banda Singh Bahadur with a force of men as the latter came to the Punjab in 1709 to chastise the Mughal faujdar of Sirhind Wazir Khan.
Ram Singh was, in consequence of a family feud, killed in 1714 at Kotla by his nephews Biru and Ugar Singh.
BIBLIOGRAPHY 1. Sukha Singh, Gurbilas Dasvin Patshahi. Lahore, 1912 2. Gian Singh, Giani, Panth Prakdsh. Delhi, 1880 3. Santokh Singh, Bhai, Sri Cur Pratap Suraj Granth. Amritsar, 192735 4. Kirpal Singh, Life of Maharaja Ala Singh and His Times. Amritsar, 1954 B.S.
Ram Singh (d. 1716), a Bhalla Khatri of the village of Mirpur Patti in Amritsar district of the Punjab, was the younger brother of Baj Singh, who was appointed governor of the town of Sirhind after it was occupied by Banda Singh Bahadur in May 1710. Ram Singh had received the rites of the Khalsa at the hands of Guru Gobind Singh, and was one of the five Sikhs who had accompanied Banda Singh from Nanded to the Punjab in 1709. He took part in various campaigns launched by Banda Singh.
In May 1710, he was appointed administrator of Thanesar. He fought battles against Firoz Khan Mevati at Arnin, Taraori, Thanesar and Shahabad. He was taken prisoner in the siege of Gurdas Nangal and sent to Delhi where he was executed along with Banda Singh and his other companions in June 1716.
BIBLIOGRAPHY 1. Bhalla, Samp Das, Mnhima Prnkdsh. Paiiala, 1971 2. Gian Singh, Giani, Panth Prakash. Delhi, 1880 3. Ganda Singh, Life of Rnnda Singh Bahadur. Amritsar, 1934 G.S.D.
Ram Singh (d. 1836), son of Bhagat Singh, descended from the Tsapur branch of the Randhava family founded by his grandfather Dasaundha Singh. Dasaundha Singh, on receiving the Sikh initiatory rites in 1730, entered the service of Adina Beg and remained with him for several years before joining the Bharigi clan. Ram Singh took up service under Maharaja Ranjit Singh about the year 1804. In recognition of his services in different campaigns, he was granted jagirs in 1818 to the value of five lakh of rupees, subject to the service of seven hundred horse and two thousand infantry. In 1822, Ram Singh was placed under Prince Kharak Singh and two years later he was shifted to Raja Suchet Singh's division. Ram Singh died in 1836.
BIBLIOGRAPHY Griffin, Lepel, and C.F.Massy, Chiefs and Families of Note in the Punjab. Lahore, 1909 G.S.N.
Ram Singh (1744-1839), son of a Khatri belonging to Hasanvala in Gujrariwala district, was taken into the household of Charhat Singh Sukkarchakkia at a very young age. When he grew up, he rode in the chief's troops. He considered Mahan Singh, son of Charhat Singh, his putreld (godson), whom he had initiated into the Sikh faith. Mahan Singh during his short life, treated Ram Singh with great respect and gave him large jagirs. Ram Singh was a fine soldier, and along with his four sons served in Maharaja Ranjit Singh's campaigns of Multan, Kashmir, Mankera, Peshawar and Bannu. He lived to the close of Ranjit Singh's reign, and thus, having served grandfather, father and son faithfully and loyally, died in 1839 at the age of 95.
BIBLIOGRAPHY Griffin, Lepel, and C.F.Massy, Chiefs and Families of Note in the Punjab. Lahore, 1909 S.S.B. RAM SINGH (d. 1839), the eldest son of Jamadar Khushal Singh, chamberlain to the Sikh monarch, Maharaja Ranjit Singh. His father took great pains to bring him up according to the manner of the Sikh court. Tutors were carefully chosen to teach him Arabic and Persian. Besides gaining proficency in both languages, Ram Singh, grew up to be a good soldier. He joined the army and, by 1837, had reached the rank of brigadiergeneral. His career in the army was cut short by his untimely death in 1839.
BIBLIOGRAPHY 1. Griffin, Lepel. The Punjab Chiefs. Lahore, 1865 2. Suri, Sohan Lal, 'Umdat utTwankh. Lahore, 188589 J.S.K.
Ram Singh, a holy man maintaining a dharamsala at Zahura, near Tanda, in Hoshiarpur district, assisted Bhai Maharaj Singh, the leader of the antiBritish rebellion of 184849, not only by lodging him and his followers in his dharamsala but also introducing him to several influential men of the area. After the rebels' arrest towards the close of 1849, Ram Singh too was detained at Lahore. He was later set free and permitted to proceed on pilgrimage to holy places, but his dharamsala at Zahura was razed by the government by way of punishment.
References 1. Ahluwalia, M.I.., Bhai Maharaj Singh. Patiala, 1972