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From: "Lawrence Ober" <>
Subject: Re: Bourbons in India
Date: 8 Feb 1998 23:08:32 GMT

The Bourbons of Bhopal were a Catholic family who more the surname
"Frantcis" (a corruption of Frenchman) who served the Mughals and by the
l8th century the Rulers of Bhopal [remember that Bhopal was somewhat
unusual in that it had both male and female rulers intoi the 20th century].
The family descended from Jean Philippe Bourbon, a collateral of King
Henry IV of France, and the son of the Constable of Bourbon who was
supposedly killed at the siege of Rome in l527 by Benvenuto Cellini
(amazing?). Jean Philippe left France ostensibly being obliged to flee for
killing a Gascon relative in a duel. More romantic legends assert that
after the siege of Rome, he went to Sicily and was there captured by
pirates who sold him to the court of an Egyptian Pasha, and after many
dashing adventures he repaired to India. More probably he left Navarre
about l560 and sailed to Bengal and then came to Delhi where he eventually
met Akbar who was impressed with his high birth and appointed him to a
position as a head of the Imperial Guard with the designation of
"Mansabdar". Shortly afterwards Akbar gave to him in marriage the sister
of one of his Christian wives, and gave him the title of "Nawab", placing
him as hereditary governor of the imperial seraglio and awarded him
extensive territories in the area of Narwar near Gwalior.

His descendants eventually came into the service of the Nawabs of Bhopal.
By the l9th century they were appointed captains of the city of Bhopal. By
the l930's the family fell out of favor with
the Nawab, and most of their properties did not survive the fall of the
princes in the next decade. In time their chapel became the Catholic
cathedral in Bhopal.
Lawrence M. Ober

Frank H. Johansen <> wrote in article
> I've retreaved this from Paul Theroff's file on the Capets (it's about a
> natural son of Duke Charles III de Bourbon):


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