Muhammed Ali Khan Wallajah

Muhammed Ali Khan Wallajah

Muhammed Ali Khan Wallajah

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Mohamed Ali Khan Wala jah (1717–1795) was the Nawab of Arcot in India and an ally of the British East India Company.

Muhammad Ali was born to Anwaruddin Muhammed Khan, by his second wife, Nawab Fakhr un-nisa Begum Sahiba, a niece of Sayyid 'Ali Khan Safawi ul-Musawi, of Persia, sometime Naib suba of Trichonopoly on 7 July 1723 at Delhi.

Official name

His official name was Amir ul Hind, Wala Jah, 'Umdat ul-Mulk, Asaf ud-Daula, Nawab Muhammad 'Ali Anwar ud-din Khan Bahadur, Zafar Jang, Sipah-Salar, Sahib us-Saif wal-qalam Mudabbir-i-Umur-i-'Alam Farzand-i-'Aziz-az Jan, Biradarbi Jan-barabar , Subadar of the Carnatic.


It was said of Mohammad Ali, that he could be courteous, immensely hospitable, always emulating English customs and manners, such as taking breakfast and tea, and sitting on chairs rather than cushions. He even held two investitures, bestowing the KB upon Sir John Lindsay and Sir Hector Munro, in 1771 and 1779, respectively. .

Sir John Macpherson, writing to Lord Macartney in November 1781 declared,
"I love the old man...mind me to my old Nabob. I have been sending him sheep and bags of rice by every ship. It is more than he did for me when I was fighting his battles."

The Nawab was an ally of the British East India Company, but still harboured great ambitions of power in the South Indian arena, where Haidar Ali of Mysore, the Marathas and the Nizam of Hyderabad were constant rivals. The Nawab could also be unpredictable and devious, and his...
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