Maharaja known as the Black Prince of Perthshire who was deposed following the Second Anglo-Sikh War and converted to Christianity. His conversion and later re-initiation into Sikhism has made him the subject of controversy to this day.
He took the title of Maharaja at age five following the assassination of four of his predecessors.
He was beloved by Queen Victoria, who was the godmother of several of his children.
He married twice and had a total of eight children. The first six children were from his first wife, Bamba Muller.
He was the son of Ranjit Singh, founder of the Sikh Empire.