The British Historical Society of Portugal is a Society with about 250 members and has as its object to recover, preserve and collate as much as possible of the history of the British in Portugal, and to promote interest in the History of Anglo-Portuguese relations.

More information can be found on the about page.

BHSP Branches

The British Historical Society currently has three branches in Portugal. Events organised by any of the centres are open to ALL members of the Society. Visit each of the links below for specific information like News and Events:

Battlefield Tours

Details of visits to Peninsular War Battlefields, tailored to meet specific interests, can be found under TOURS in the main menu.

Events in Anglo-Portuguese Relations


Portugal seemed about to be invaded by franco-spanish troops in the context of the Seven Year War. The Alliance was invoked and an expedition of 8000 British troops commanded by General Lord Tyrawley came to Portugal. In practice due to his advanced age command was taken over by his son Charles.


Gerard de Visme, a British merchant in Lisbon of Huguenot descent, rented and rebuilt the quinta of Monserrate in Sintra in the neo-gothic taste which was new to Portugal. Beckford lived here and the quinta was visited by Byron in 1809. Sir Francis Cook (a textile fortune) acquired the property in 1856 and works of reconstruction were completed in 1869. Sir Francis was later given the title of Visconde de Monserrate. The family sold the quinta in 1946.