CAMBAY (Princely State)

(11 gun salute)

AREA: 1,015 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 138,000Rs ACCESSION: 10th June 1948
STATE: Bombay DYNASTY: Najam-es-Sani RELIGION: Muslim (Shia)
VILLAGES: 88 (+2 towns) POPULATION: 71,715 (1931)
REVENUE: 10,39,695 Rs
AGENCY: Kaira Agency 1818 - (1931)



PRESENT RULER: HH Najum-ud-Daulah Mumtaz-ul-Mulk Momin Khan Bahadur Dilawar Jung Nawab Mirza MUHAMMED JA'AFAR ALI KHAN Bahadur Mo'min Khan VIII, 10th and present Nawab of Cambay
born 15th October 1936, married Begum Parvin Sultan Qizilbash, daughter of Sardar Baqir Ali Khan Qizilbash of Lahore.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The state was founded in 1730. In 1780, Cambay was taken by the British Army, led by General Goddard Richards, but it was restored to the Marathas in 1783, finally it was ceded to the British by the Peshwa after the Treaty of Bassein in 1803. Cambay became a British protectorate in 1817. In 1818, the British Resident was withdrawn from Cambay and the Collector of Kaira was named Political Agent. The Nawab maintains a military force of 36 cavalry, 496 infantry and 12 guns (in 1893). The rulers were...
  1. Mirza JA'AFAR NAJUM ud-DAULA MO'MIN KHAN I, 1st Nawab of Cambay 1730/1743, last Muslim Governor of Gujarat, married Olia Begum, daughter of Mirza Abdul Husain Dehlami Momin Khan, Diwan of Gujarat 1723/1728 (#2), Agent for Surat and Cambay, and had issue, as well as illegitimate issue. He died 1743.
    • Nawab Muftakhar Khan Nuruddin Muhammed Khan Mo'min Khan II (qv)
    • Nur Jahan Khanum Begum, married Zimal Abidin Najam Khan, Governor of Cambay 1743/1748, poisoned to death in 1748 (#2). She died sp.

  2. Nawab MUFTAKHAR KHAN NURUDDIN MUHAMMED KHAN MO'MIN KHAN II, 2nd Nawab of Cambay 1743/1783, in spite of his valour, military skill and tact, his rule was ruinous to Cambay, his heavy and ill-judged levies forced from the city the wealth and skilled industry which might have outlived the change in the course of trade and the unchecked disorder of the rest of the province, married (amongst others), Kutbi Khanum, and had illegitimate issue as well as adoptive issue. He died 1783 (#2).
    • Jogni Khanum (by a slave girl), married Nawab Muhammad Quli Khan (qv)
    • Mirza Jani (by Kutbi Khanum), he was proclaimed Nawab by his mother and her Mughal co-conspirators, but were beaten on the day and driven from the city, along with Kutbi Khanum and her sister Jamila Begum.
    • (A) Mia Manu aka Muhammad Quli Khan, illegitimate son of Zimal Abidin Najam Khan, Governor of Cambay 1743/1748 (see above) (qv)

  3. Nawab MUHAMMED QULI KHAN, 3rd Nawab of Cambay 1783/1789, illegitimate son of Zimal Abidin Najam Khan, by the wife of a doorkeeper, his reign was generally uneventful, a rule of quiet and good government, married Jogni Khanum, illegitimate daughter of Nawab Muftakhar Khan Nuruddin Muhammed Khan Mo'min Khan II (see above), and had issue, three sons. He died 1789 (#2).
    • Najum-ud-Daulah Mumtaz-ul-Mulk Khan Bahadur Dilawar Jung Nawab Fateh Ali Khan Mo'min Khan III (qv)
    • Najum-ud-Daulah Mumtaz-ul-Mulk Momin Khan Bahadur Dilawar Jung Nawab Bande Ali Khan Mo'min Khan IV (qv)
    • Nawabzada Yawar Ali Khan, he waived his succession rights in favour of his son in 1841, married and had issue.
      • Najum-ud-Daulah Mumtaz-ul-Mulk Momin Khan Bahadur Dilawar Jung Nawab Husain Yawar Khan I Mo'min Khan V (qv)

  4. Najum-ud-Daulah Mumtaz-ul-Mulk Khan Bahadur Dilawar Jung Nawab FATEH ALI KHAN MO'MIN KHAN III, 4th Nawab of Cambay 1790/1823, eldest of three sons, he sent a large present ot the Emperor of Delhi and in return he received the additional titles of Najum-ud-Daulah Mumtaz-ul-Mulk Khan Bahadur Dilawar Jung, and the rank of a commander of six thousand as Nawab of Cambay; by the Treaty of Bassein (31st December 1802) all the Peshwa's rights in Cambay were ceded to the British, married and had issue. He died spm in October 1823 (#2).

  5. Najum-ud-Daulah Mumtaz-ul-Mulk Momin Khan Bahadur Dilawar Jung Nawab BANDE ALI KHAN MO'MIN KHAN IV, 5th Nawab of Cambay 1823/1841, died spm on 15th March 1841 (#2).

  6. Najum-ud-Daulah Mumtaz-ul-Mulk Momin Khan Bahadur Dilawar Jung Nawab HUSAIN YAWAR KHAN I MO'MIN KHAN V, 6th Nawab of Cambay 1841/1880, married and had issue. He died in April 1880.
    • HH Najum-ud-Daulah Mumtaz-ul-Mulk Momin Khan Bahadur Dilawar Jung Nawab Ja'afar Ali Khan Bahadur Mo'min Khan VI (qv)
    • Nawabzada Mirza Najum Khan, married and had issue.
      • Sahibzada Mirza Muhammad Kuli Khan, born 1882, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot and with the Imperial Cadet Corps at Dehra Dun for two years; married and had issue, two sons.

  7. HH Najum-ud-Daulah Mumtaz-ul-Mulk Momin Khan Bahadur Dilawar Jung Dawe Ekbalu Sardar Nawab JA'AFAR ALI KHAN Saheb Bahadur Mo'min Khan VI, 7th Nawab of Cambay 1880/1915 , born 1848, succeeded 11th June 1880 (#1), married 1stly, 1876, Bibi Gauhar Khanum Saheb, daughter of the Maulvi of Masulipatam, married 2ndly, 1882, Bibi Khurshid Jahan Begum. He died 21st January 1915.

  8. HH Najum-ud-Daulah Mumtaz-ul-Mulk Momin Khan Bahadur Dilawar Jung Nawab Mirza HUSAIN YAWAR KHAN II Bahadur Mo'min Khan VII, 8th Nawab of Cambay 1915/- , born 16th May 1911 (#3 p.9), he succeeded to the throne on 21st January 1915 (#3 p.9); educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot; he was invested with ruling powers on 13th December 1930 (#3 p.9); married January 1936, Nawabzadi Safia Sultan Qizilbash, daughter of Nawab Sir Fateh Ali Khan Qizilbash of Lahore (see Nawabganj), and had issue.
    • HH Najum-ud-Daulah Mumtaz-ul-Mulk Momin Khan Bahadur Dilawar Jung Nawab Mirza Muhammed Ja'afar Ali Khan Bahadur Mo'min Khan VIII (qv)
    • Nawabzadi Batool Sultan, born 13th December 1938.
    • Nawabzada Asif Ali Khan (deceased).
    • Nawabzadi Shahwar Sultan, born 16th September 1941.
    • Nawabzada Mirza Mohammed Reza Ali Khan, born 22nd December 1943.
    • Nawabzada Taqi Ali Khan, born 1st November 1945.

  9. HH Najum-ud-Daulah Mumtaz-ul-Mulk Momin Khan Bahadur Dilawar Jung Nawab Mirza MUHAMMED JA'AFAR ALI KHAN Bahadur Mo'min Khan VIII, 9th Nawab of Cambay (see above)
1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 , p.95
2. The Bombay Gazetteer, pp. 231-233
3. "List Of Ruling Princes And Chiefs In Political Relations With The Government Of Bombay And Their Leading Officials Nobles And Personages", Calcutta: Government of India Central Publication Branch, 1931