DAOUDPUTRA, a Mahomedan tribe who claim descent from the khalif Abbas, but supposed to be from Daoud, the first of the family who acquired a name. They are said to be Baluch changed by a long residence in Sind. They moved from Bahawulpur and seized land on the Sutlej, reducing, the remains of the ancient Lungga and Johia, and introducing the Sind system of canals of irrigation ; and both banks of the river below Pakpatan bear witness to their original industry and love of agriculture. Daouclputra is applied both to the country and to its possessors, the children of David. Daoud Khan is said to have been a native of Shikarpur, west of the Indus, who drew upon himself the arms of Kandahar. Unable to cope with his opponent, he abandoned his native place, passed his family and effects across the Indus, and followed them into the desert. The royal forces pursued, and, coming up with him at Sooti alloh, Daoud destroyed his families, who impeded his flight, and faced his foes. They, appalled at
this desperate act, deemed it unwise to attack him, and retreated. Daoud Khan, with his adher ents, then settled in the Kutchi, or flats of Sind, and gradually extended his authority into the thul. He was succeeded by Mubarik Khan, who deprived the Bhatti of the district called Khadal, and settled in their chief town, Derrawal, founded by Rawul Deoraj in the eighth century. Derrawal was at that titne inhabited by a branch of the Bhatti, broken off at a very early period, its chief holding the title of Rawul, and whose family since their expulsion have resided at Gurialah, belong ing to Bikanir. The Daoudputra are to be met with in various parts of Sind.—Tod's Rajasthan, p. 321. See Bahawulpur ; Jut.