HIMMAT SINGH OF JALLEWALIA (d. 1829), Was son of Chaudhary Gulab Singh, a Bains Jat of Mahalpur, in present day Hoshiarpur district of the Punjab, joined the Sikh forces which conquered Sir hind province in 1764, and secured for himself the village of Jalla, whence the family derived its cognomen of Jallewalia. He later acknowledging the supremacy of the Nabha chief joined his service. He represented the Nabha ruler at the negotiations which led to the cis Sutlej chiefs being taken under British protection in 1809. In 1812, he was induced by Bhatti Jat Ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh to leave Nabha and become his waur which office he held until his death in 1829.

He and his four brothers were given in Jagir Alawalpur, in Jalandhar district, with a revenue of over a lakh of rupees. Himmat Singh also received two villages south of the Sutlej from Fateh Singh Ahluwalia, the Kapurthala chief. The famous Jallianwala bagh in Amritsar, the scene of the killing of hundreds of unarmed, defenceless Indians by a senior British military officer on 13 April 1919 belonged to Himmat Singh Jallianwala bagh Himmat Singh`s elder son, Albel Singh, was killed fighting for Ranjit Singh, on the banks of the Jehlum in 1825. On Himmat Singh`s death the village of Alawalpur passed on to his heirs subject to the provision of 180 horsemen.

References :-

  • Griffin, Lepel, and C.F. Massy, Chiefs and Families of Nolf in the Punjab. Lahore, 1909
  • The Sikh Encyclopedia
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