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


Sir George Rose Sartorius, who had fought at Trafalgar (1805), commanded the Portuguese liberal fleet during the civil war. He was replaced by Sir Charles Napier. Sartorius received the titles of Viscount of Piedade (1836) and latter Viscount of Mindello (1845) and Count of Penha Firme (1853). He became an Admiral in the Royal Navy.


John of Gaunt arrives in Galicia with his family and army to claim the throne of Castille. He meets the king of Portugal D. João I on the river Minho, negotiates the invasion of Castile and arranges the marriage of his daughter Philippa to the Portuguese king. They are married in the cathedral of Oporto.