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During the reign of King Somdej Phra Chao Prasart Thong, Tunn Somboon, the son of Tunn Chuen was given the title of Chamuen Chorng Bhakdi, attached to the Royal Pages. In the reign of King Somdej Phra Chao Narai the Great, he was elevated to Phya Bumrer Bhakdi, Deputy Commander of the Palace Guards. It must be mentioned that three generations of title - holders exsisted in the early part of the reign of King Somdej Phra Chao Narai the Great. Sheikh Ahmad Qomi, Tunn Chuen and Tunn Somboon. It was then that Sheikh Ahmad Qomi retired owing to old age and bad health, and died shortly thereafter. His successors as Principal Minister of Civil Affairs (North) was Tunn Chuen, and Leader of the Muslim Community of Siam, as already mentioned, was Keaow the son of Agha Mohamudh, who was the son of Mohamudh Said. Chao Phya Chamnarn Bhakdi (Somboon) succeeded Chao Phya Apai Raja (Chuen) as Principal Minister of Civil Affairs (North) which title and position he held till his death.

Chao Phya Chamnarn Bhakdi (Somboon) had two sons, and here is where our interest lies.

The younger son, Chit, Received the title of Phra Prom Surin, he was the Director of the Gentlemen of Arms in the Boworn Palace, but he died when he was in his late twenties.

The elder, Jai, the one more significant in this story, was to succeed Tunn Somboon to become Chao Phya Petr Pichai, but again we move ahead too quickly.

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