By Nigel Webb
George Hay, eighth Earl of Kinnoull, used to be an unconventional ambassador. A Scottish aristocrat who were imprisoned for his Jacobite sympathies and nearly bankrupted by way of his involvement within the South Sea Bubble, Lord Kinnoull had no prior diplomatic event while he used to be unexpectedly appointed ambassador to the Ottoman Empire in 1729. Leaving his spouse and kin of ten at their Yorkshire domestic, Lord Kinnoull departed England for Constantinople along with his political, monetary and private suitability for the function all doubtful. How might he deal with the advanced international of foreign politics? Or negotiate the delicate courting among Muslims and Christians? And why was once he consequently recalled to England in disgrace?The Earl and His Butler in Constantinople strains Lord Kinnoull’s eventful trip to the center of the Ottoman Empire, the place he served as ambassador for seven years--and again back. His butler, Samuel Medley, used to be his consistent better half all through this time and his is nearly the one surviving servant’s diary from the interval. This notable biography casts clean mild at the Ottoman Empire and British politics within the 18th century. It additionally bargains vibrant pictures of the cosmopolitan urban of Constantinople at this serious level in its heritage and of an idiosyncratic Earl and his remarkable butler with a purpose to captivate readers.
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The Kinnoull entourage was usually in Belgrade in the hot summer months, and Calkoen, the Dutch ambassador, Villeneuve, the French ambassador, Thalmann, the Imperial Resident and Count Stadnicki, the Pole, also had houses here or at nearby ‘Buctree’ (Buyukdere). Medley gives details of the frequent gatherings that took place, sometimes in the village, sometimes elsewhere, and we shall meet the various characters involved in subsequent chapters. For example, on 20 May 1734, ‘His Ex[cellenc]y Count Kininsky – Barron Hoppkins B[aron] Zy Mr Carlson &c.
20 A sedan chair that had been broken to pieces was ‘lined with velvet embroidered with silk and the outside finely painted’. 21 William Sandys, the Cancellier, auctioned all the goods in his embassy apartment before returning to England in 1731. These included his clothes, the furnishings (hangings, a sofa, chairs, a bureau, his books, ‘one camp bed with 3 mattresses’, blankets and a quilt from his wife’s bedchamber) and in the cancellaria a large table, a press and some curtains. 22 There were many such auctions of people’s household goods when they died or left Constantinople; Samuel Medley records having made several purchases at auction, including handkerchiefs and hose.
Five Giovany di Lingua 18. Ten Honorary & actual Druggerman 19. The officers of the Chiaouses 20. The Chiaous Pashi 21. His Excellency the Earl of Kinnoull attended by 4 Heydukes & 4 Grooms in Long white Livrey 22. The Secretarys with His Majesty’s Letter and the Cancellier 23. Lord Dupplin with 2 Grooms in white Livery 24. The Capt. 5 The March went on in very good Order & the Chiaous Bashi continud to go before the Ambr. to the great Surprize of the French & Dutch Ambassadors who had at their Audiences a Quarell with him upon his pretending the right hand of them, which was a Point he never yielded before to any Ambr.