Welcome

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

1783

A group of English merchants rents a property in Rua do Alecrim as premises for a British Club (“Assembleia dos Ingleses”). Among the signatories of the rental agreement are the Stephen brothers of Marinha Grande glass factory. In 1789 a large party in honor of King Jorge III was held here with 600 guests. The Club survived the French invasions and went on into the XIX century.

1833

The constitutionalist fleet commanded by Sir Charles Napier ("Black Charlie") defeats the absolutist fleet off Cape St. Vicent in the Algarve. He is described as “indomitable, dynamic and eccentric”. He was made Viscount St. Vicent by D. Maria II (1834) which then was changed (1842) to Viscount Napier of St. Vincent.