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 two 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 Even

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


Duque of Sussex (1773-1843) 6th son of George III lives in Lisbon for several years (1800-1804) at the Palácio das Necessidades. He collected bibles and introduced Freemasonry into Portugal and its recognition by English masonry. His brother, the Duke of Kent, father of the future Queen Victoria, visited him in Lisbon in 1802 when he was Governor of Gibraltar.


Richard Russel (1630-1693) was a priest ordained in Paris who came to Lisbon as a servant to the President of the English College in the Bairro Alto. D. Ricardo as he was known, became an influential diplomat and negotiated the marriage of Catherine of Braganza with king Charles II and took her portrait to be seen by the king which now is in the National Portrait Gallery. He was made Bishop of Cape Verde but lived in Lisbon in the English College. He was then made (1671) Bishop of Portalegre and then (1682) Viseu where he met Queen Catherine of Braganza, a widow, on her way back to Lisbon after the death of king Charles II. He died in 1693.