British foreign policy and international affairs during Sir William Trumbull's career
SIR William Trumbull served as envoy, and subsequently as Secretary of State, during a period of major change in Britain's international position. He was Ambassador Extraordinary to Louis XIV of France from 2 September 1685 to 12 October 1686, and then Resident Ambassador at Constantinople from November 1686 to October 1691. Although appointed to Constantinople in November 1686, Trumbull did not embark until 16 April 1687 and only arrived on 17 August 1687. He left on 31 July 1691. Trumbull was Secretary of State for the Northern Department from 3 May 1695 until I December 1697.