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Mian Family In Books:

The Punjab Gazetteer for the Lahore District contains a list of Raises and Darbaris described as "Men of influence and property" in the Lahore District. This list appears on page No. 326 of Latif`s "History of Lahore" published in the year 1892 from Gurdaspur and at its serial No. 50 contains the name of MIAN JALAL DIN. In his description, on page No.344, it is narrated as:

"Mian Jalal Din. He is Zaildar of Baghbanpura and a custodian of the celebrated Royal gardens of Shalimar which was held by his ancestors in the time of the Moghal Emperors. It will be interesting to give here brief sketch of the history of this rising family. The ancestor of the family was Muhammad Ishak, the founder of the village Ishakpur, the site of the Shalimar Gardens. Muhammad Yusuf, alias Mian Mangu, fourth lineal descendent of Muhammad Ishak, gave the site of the village of his ancestors to Shah Jahan, in confirmity with the wish of the royal engineers, whoes choice for the site of garden had fallen upon that flourishing village. In lieu of the village, the emperor granted Muhammad Ishak the site of the present village of Baghbanpura, the head-quarters of the family.

Muhammad Fazil the son of Muhammad Yusuf, obtained the title of Nawab from the Emperor Aurengzeb for service in the Daccan. His son, Muhammad Lutfullah, had two sons, Azimullah and Hafiz Muhammad, both leading zamindars in the time of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, who always valued their advice on horticultural matters.

Rahimullah, elder son of Mian Azimullah, was a man of letters and possessed the gift of eloquence, on which account Maharaja Ranjit Singh called him Nawab Dana Beg of the Punjab.

Mian Rahim Bukhsh, younger son of Mian Rahimullah, had two sons, Maulvi Qadir Bukhsh and Mian Karim Bukhsh. Qadir Bukhsh was a man of considerable learning and had a taste for poetry, his poetical name being Nadir. At the desire of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, he learnt the art of European artillery and gunnery from General Cortland, the French officer in Sikh employ. He wrote a book in persian on the science of gunnery, Miftah-ul-Qila, and works on the science of medicine, in which he was versed. His younger brother, Mian Karim Bukhsh, is still alive and has the reputation of being a good physician.

Niazam-ud-Din, the son of Qadir Bukhsh, left three sons:- Maulvi Zahur-ud-Din, Mian Shah Din, Taj-ud-Din.

Maulvi Zahur-ud-Din is a pleader of the first grade and has a large practice in Dera Ismail Khan. And the Derajat. Mian Shah Din was called to the Bar in London (Middle Temple). He is a gifted man, with a literary genius, and his English attainments are very high. As a public speaker his speeches have excited universal admiration, and as a writer he has shown considerable aptituede. In him Young Punjab may feel a just pride. Though still quite a youth, his manners are so polished, and his behaviour is so polite and pleasing, that he is endeared to, and respected by, all his countrymen.

Mian Hafiz Muhammad, the younger son of Muhammad Lutfullah, had six sons, of whom Muhammad Bukhsh, the eldest, was an Ilaqadar and land owner. His two sons Mian Chanan Din and Mian Badar-ud-Din, are large land owners.

Mian Chanan Din has two sons- Mian Nizam Din, an Extra Assistant Commissioner, and Mian Din Muhammad, who holds an appointment in the office of Inspector General of Registration, Punjab. Mian Nizam ud Din received a khillai of honor from Sir T.D.Forsyth for service rendered to the Yarkand Mission. Mian Muhammad Shafi, son of Mian Din Muhammad, is now in England studying for the Bar.

Mian Badur-ud-Din has three sons- Mian Ghulam Muhy-ud-Din, Camp Clerk to His Honor The Lieutenant - Governor of the Punjab, Mian Ilm-ud-Din, an extra Assistant Commissioner, and, Mian Siraj-ud-Din, a Tehsildar in the Punjab.

Mian Nabi Bukhsh, a younger son of Mian Hafiz Muhammad, held the management of the Shalimar gardens. For his services during the Mutiny, he was munificently rewarded by the Government. He left a son, Mian Jalal-ud-Din, the present head of the family*.

* Mian Jalal-ud-Din died while the work was in the press (April.1892). "

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