William Paget, 6th Baron Paget

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William Paget, 6th Baron Paget (10 February 1637 – 26 February 1713) was an English peer and ambassador.

Paget was English ambassador to Vienna between 1689 and 1692. Appointed as ambassador to the Ottoman Empire at Constantinople in June 1692. The Royal Instructions arrived on 5 September and he left England a week later. He travelled via Vienna, which he left on 12 December, arriving at Adrianople on 30 January 1693. He finally reached Constantinople in July. Paget asked to be recalled in 1697, during which time he was central to the negotiation of the Treaty of Carlowitz between the Ottomans and the Habsburgs.[1] His cousin, the poet Aaron Hill, visited him in Constantinople. He was finally brought home in May 1702.

Paget owned considerable estates in Staffordshire, particularly around Burton on Trent. In 1699, he obtained an Act of Parliament to extend navigation on the River Trent from Nottingham up to Burton, but nothing was immediately done. In 1711, Lord Paget leased his rights to George Hayne, who carried out improvements, quickly opening the river to Burton and stimulating the export of Burton Ale.[2]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Tappe, E. D. (1954), "Documents Concerning Rumania in the Paget Papers", The Slavonic and East European Review, 33 (80): 201–211 
  • Pippidi, Andrei (1989), "Un episod al relațiilor româno-engleze: Corespondența lui Constantin Brâncoveanu cu lordul Paget" [English: An episode in Anglo-Romanian relations: The correspondence of Constantin Brâncoveanu with Lord Paget], in Cernovodeanu, Paul; Constantiniu, Florin, Constantin Brâncoveanu, București: Editura Academiei Republicii Socialiste România, pp. 139–155 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
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British ambassador to the Austria
1689–1692
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Sir William Harbord
British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire
1692–1701
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Sutton
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Aston of Forfar
Lord Lieutenant and
Custos Rotulorum of Staffordshire

1689–1713
Succeeded by
The Lord Paget
Peerage of England
Preceded by
William Paget
Baron Paget
1678–1713
Succeeded by
Henry Paget