Prince of Punjab and Perthshire, Scotland : Remembering Maharajah Duleep Singh

Sri Dasmesh Performance at Kenmore Church Yard (Malaysian Sikh Band)

Sikhs and Scots gathered at the parish church or Kenmore to pay homage to an infant indian prince, the day old child of Maharaja Duleep Singh.

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It is history that most Sikhs are unaware of. Thanks to James Rattray and Thomas Rattray of the Ratray Clan Society, Anne Brennan the Kenmore Church Minister and the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail (ASHT) who organised this week’s event in Kenmore.

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The tale stretches back to the mid-19th century when, at the age of 13, Maharajah Duleep Singh was exiled to Britain after being dethroned and his country was annexed by the British East India Company.

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The Maharaja lived in Perthshire, Scotland for a period of four and a half years. His first son was born here but sadly died as a day old infant.

The Sri Dasmesh Pipe Band has tried to assist the ASHT in raising the awareness of this history. We hope to return again sometime in the future to this most beautiful Highlands in Scotland.

Sri Dasmesh Performance at Castle Menzies

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Castle Menzies Raises a Nishan Sahib (Sikh Flag) in honor of Maharaja Duleep Singh

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When Sri Dasmesh arrived at Castle Menzies, we were pleasantly surprised that the Manager David Anderson and his son Craig Anderson had arranged for us to raise the Nishan Sahib, the Sikh's Flag at the Castle.

We thank David and Craig for this beautiful moment. David announced that this is the first time in history that the Nishan Sahib Flag was ever been raised at Castle Menzies. What an honor.

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We give thanks to Janice Anderson as well for preparing the most wonderful soup and bread for our lunch. It was a memorable event that brought connections to the days where the Maharaja, as a teen roomed this grounds and lived in Perthshire as "The Black Prince"

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