Captain Robert Warburton married Shah Jahan Begum through deception and force

“The First Afghan War also gave rise to the marriage between Captain Robert Warburton and the Afghan Durrani princess Shah Jehan Begum. However, this was a forced marriage engineered by Warburton.

“Captain Robert Warburton married Shah Jehan Begum and she was reputed to be one of the most beautiful women in Kabul. Authors have praised Warburton for being an honourable man. However, Shah Jehan Begum had previously been married to an Afghan by whom she had twin daughters and a boy. The Begum’s divorce from her husband was due to Warburton’s actions. During the absence of her Afghan husband Warburton, employed a bribed messenger to deliver a message to the Begum. The messenger claimed that that her husband had sent an urgent and secret letter to a certain Mullah. The Begum was requested to go to the house of the Mullah and obtain the letter in question without telling her relatives where she was going. Accompanied by her son the Begum went in her palanquin to the house and was locked in a room after being abandoned by her palanquin bearers. As she drew the curtain of her palanquin aside she found herself confronted by Warburton, who was pointing a musket at her. Warburton told the Begum that she had no option but to marry him, since her Afghan husband would assume that she had eloped with him and would divorce he

Reference: “Afghanistan in the age of empires” by Farrukh Husain, p-223

 Screenshots and comments by Farrukh Husain:-


Dalrymple errs and claims that the marriage between Warburton and Shah Jahan Begum was voluntary and further errs by claiming that Lynch married the sister of Walu Khan Shamalzai.
Here we have an account from Hostage in Afghanistan by Peter Collister which confirms that the Warburton marriage was a forced marriage.


This page from Hostage in Afghanistan confirms how Warburton married his Afghan Wife through deception and force.


Shah Jehan begum seated between two of her servants. Source


Jan Dad Khan, the son of Shah Jehan Begum from her Afghan husband, was adopted by Warburton as “John Paul”. Children of “John Paul” were also baptized as Christian.

Photo of eldest daughter of Jan Dad Khan/John Paul :-

Minna Warburton Wimberley. Source 



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