History of the Phoolkian Family

  • Reference
      GB 133 Eng MS 24
  • Dates of Creation
      Post 1878
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      223 x 166 mm. 1 volume (82 folios);

Scope and Content

History of the Sikh Phoolkian family, by an unknown author and from an unknown source. The manuscript documents the history of the family up to 1878.

Administrative / Biographical History

Phulkian Misl was an eighteenth-century Sikh ruling clan, which arose in the region south of the River Sutlej. It was counted as the twelfth misl though it did not form part of the Dal Khalsa like the eleven others clans. It traced its origin to Phul (d. 1652), a Siddhu Jatt of the village of Mehraj, now in Bathinda district of the Punjab, who had met Guru Har Rai, Nanak VII, during his travels in the Malva area and received his blessing. From amongst his seven sons Tilok Singh (Tiloka), the eldest, was the ancestor of the princely states of Nabha and Jind, and Ram Singh (Rama), next to him, forefather of the rulers of Patiala.

Access Information

The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by Mrs Enriqueta Rylands, on behalf of the John Rylands Library, in 1901 from James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford.


Description compiled by Henry Sullivan, project archivist, with reference to the website on Sikh History at http://www.sikh-history.com/sikhhist/events/m-phulkian.html .

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued in the Hand-List of the Collection of English Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, 1928 (English MS 24).

Custodial History

Formerly part of the Bibliotheca Lindesiana, the Library of the Earls of Crawford and Balcarres, from Haigh Hall, Wigan, Lancashire.

Geographical Names