DUNCOMBE, WILLIAM [SSNE 1126]
Text sourceWilliam Duncombe was a Stuart envoy in Sweden 1689-1692 for William of Orange. On his return he was appointed one of the Lord Justices in Ireland. He died in April 1704. The primary aim of his mission was was to negotiate treaties of alliance and commerce, though he was laregely unsuccessful. His instructions and reports have been printed by the Camden Society. In August 1689 he sent the Swedish government a copy of the treaty signed in London between the king of Britain and the United Provinces regarding France as the common enemy. Duncombe's letters continue until March 1692 and also include a reference to some Scots who were having trouble in Sweden - the issue was passed onto the Secretary for Scotland to deal with.
Swedish Riksarkiv, Anglica 522; PRO, SP/95/13; British Museum Add. MSS. 9746. Also letters as Envoy to Sweden to Sir W. D. Colt 1691-1692. Add. 36662 ff. 5, 17, 60, 74, 83, 108, 122, 136, 149, 157, 180, 184, 196, 214, 230, 249, 257, 271, 291, 304, 323, 338, 347, 353, 381, 394, 407; Swedish Riksarkiv, 'Svenske Sändebuds till Utländske Hof och Deras Sändebud till Sverige, (1841), pp.85-86'; L. Bittner and L. Gross, Reportorium der diplomatischen vertreter aller lander, vol. 1, 1648-1715 (Oldenburg and Berlin, 1936), p.199; J. F. Chance (ed.), 'British Diplomatic Instructions 1689-1789', Vol I, Sweden, 1689-1727 (London, RHS/Camden Society, 1922), pp.intro and 1-13.
- STUART KINGDOMS, SWEDEN
- Arrived 1689-07-19
- Departed 1692-09-30
- Capacity ENVOY, purpose DIPLOMACY