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


Five London bankers were ennobled by Portuguese kings in the XIX century, due to their help in organizing international loans. Isaac Goldsmid created Baron de Goldsmid and da Palmeira in 1845. Dennis Samuel in 1855 as Baron Diniz de Samuel. Herman Stern as Baron Stern in 1864 and his brother David as Viscount Stern in 1870 and finally Henry Bishoffsheim was honored with the title of Viscount Bishoffsheim in 1873.


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.