MONTAGUE, EDWARD [SSNE 4444]
- MONTAGUE, MONTAGU
- First name
- ADMIRAL, SIR
- Social status
Text sourceEdward Montague was an English admiral and nobleman who served in the English fleet which became involved in the hostilities between Sweden and Denmark-Norway in 1659. That year Montagu maintained a correspondence with the Swedish king. He informed Karl X that Cromwell was keen to encourage a peace between the two parties, and had commanded Montagu to sail into the area to help keep the peace. When Montagu wrote to Karl X in mid April he was quite negative toward him for not having signed the Treaty of Roskilde and for not keeping him informed of developments. As Cromwell was a guarantor of the Treaty it was important for Sweden to sign, as otherwise if England continued to support Sweden she was liable to attack from the Dutch and this was not a desired outcome! On 20 May Montagu explained that the fleet was maintaining its position in the Skagen near Jutland, and that he was required to transport the Duke of Holstein and so would not be able to have an audience with Karl X. He also sent a letter to the speaker of the English parliament W. Lenthall from aboard the 'Näsbye' in the Sound, regarding peace negotiations between Denmark and Sweden.
Swedish Riksarkiv, Anglica 522; Bodleian Library Tanner MSS; L. Bittner and L. Gross, Reportorium der diplomatischen vertreter aller lander, vol. 1, 1648-1715 (Oldenburg and Berlin, 1936), pp.183, 199; G. M. Bell, A Handlist of British Diplomatic Representatives 1509-1688 (London, 1990); PRO, SP/75/16-17; Swedish Riksarkiv, Svenske Sändebuds till Utländske Hof och Deras Sändebud till Sverige, 1841, p.84.
- ENGLAND, DENMARK-NORWAY, SWEDEN
- Arrived 1659-06-30, as ADMIRAL
- Departed 1659-09-13, as ADMIRAL
- Capacity DIPLOMAT, purpose DIPLOMACY