Colonel Sir Claude Martin(e) Wade C.B. Agent to the Governor- General for theAffairs of the Punjab and North-West Frontier, 1823-1840. He managed relation between the British and important rulers in India like Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Shah Shuja, King of Afghanistan. He was one of the first to "force the Khyber pass."
Claude Martin Wade was born in 1794 to a Joseph Wade and his wife in the British Army in India. He was namedafter a childless French adventurer and "renaissance man" Claude MartinLeslie. Stephen Dictionary of National Biography 1899 p412 He wasnamed after Claude Martin. The reason for this is not known and Claude diedleaving his immense fortune, in the manner of a childless man, to charity.
Wade was appointed a cadet in the Bengal service of the East India Company in1809.1823 diplomatic agent at Ludhiana,In 1835, Claude was in charge of relations with Maharaja Ranjit Singh.The Gentleman's Magazine 1861 pub. F. Jefferies Col. C. M. Wade, wasable to win the confidence of Maharaja Ranjit Singh through mutural regard andunderstanding which greatly helped to change the relations between the two Governmentsfrom undisguised hostility to close friendship and... Read More