Abraham Stanyan

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His portrait by Sir Godfrey Kneller hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, London

Abraham Stanyan (c. 1669–1732) was an English politician and diplomat.

After becoming a student in the Middle Temple, he served as secretary to Sir William Trumbull as Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, and later to the Earl of Manchester as Ambassador to the Venice in 1697–1698 and then in France in 1699–1700. He became a Clerk of the Privy Council, briefly between these appointments. After a period out of employment, he appointed as envoy to Switzerland from 1705–1714, Commissioner of the Admiralty, Ambassador to Austria from 1716 to 1717, and then Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire from 1718–1730. He held these last two posts in a period when England held the role of mediator between the Habsburgs and the Ottomans, and having worked in the capitals of both powers Stanyan was an influential part of those negotiations.

On his return to England from Switzerland, he became member of parliament for Buckingham. He was a member of the Kit Kat Club

References[edit]

  • The National Portrait Gallery
  • The English Embassy at Constantinople, 1660–1762, A.C. Wood, The English Historical Review, Vol. 40, No. 160 (Oct., 1925), pp. 533–561
  • Philip Woodfine and Claire Gapper, ‘Stanyan, Abraham (c.1669–1732)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, (Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Jan 2008) [1], accessed 18 November 2008.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
William Aglionby
British envoy to Switzerland
1705-1714
Succeeded by
James Dayrolle
Preceded by
Luke Schaub
Ambassador to Austria
1715-1716
Succeeded by
Lord Lexinton
Preceded by
Edward Wortley Montagu
British Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire
1718 – 1730
Succeeded by
Earl of Kinnoull
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Thomas Chapman
John Radcliffe
Member of Parliament for Buckingham
with Alexander Denton

1715–1718
Succeeded by
Edmund Halsey
Alexander Denton