Desa Singh, the founder of Kontalpur, was a relative of Sardar Jai Singh, the great Kanaiya Chief. His history is that of Jai Singh ; for he was his subordinate, and accompanied him in his many expeditions. He built the fort known as Desa Singh wala in the Amritsar district, and Kontalpur near Pathankot. His son Tek Singh succeeded to the estate, and fought under Mai Sada Kaur, the head of the Kanaiya Misl, against the Ramgarhias. The estate on the death of Tek Singh was reduced to Rs. 10,000, and on the death of Sher Singh, his eldest son, to Rs. 2,000 at Kontal, Ban, Kandarwari and Mangalian. Thus it remained till annexation, when the village of Kantalpur, worth Rs. 1,100, was released to the three brothers, Bhag Singh, Budh Singh and Nahal Singh, on payment of quarter revenue. Budh Singh was a Rasaldar in the 1st Panjab Cavalry.