Maharaja Duleep Singh # 3 of 3
Maharaja Duleep Singh
The last of the throned leaders of the Punjabs, was brought to England after the conquest of India. As a British subject he became a close companion to Queen Victoria who established him as a wealthy country gentleman of great notoriety especially as a shooting sportsman. After acquiring the Elvedyn Estate, he transformed it into a Mecca for the shooting aristocracy of his day. His prowess as a shooter and hunter included him as one of "The Best Shots" with his contemporaries, Lord de Grey, Lord Huntingfield and Lord Walsingham. In 1871 he ordered Purdey no.8464 as no.3 of a trio which was discovered in a quaint gun shop in Northern Alberta with the owner quite unaware of its previous history.