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1807

William Carr Beresford (1768-1854) was a dominant figure in the Peninsular War and commanded and trained the Portuguese army from 1809-1814. He arrived in Madeira in 1807 as Governor, where he learned Portuguese. He returned in 1815 to command the Portuguese Army, which in peace time caused him great unpopularity (“Este Britânico Odioso”). He was made Marquis of Campo Mayor (1812) and Count of Trancoso (1811). He was still involved in Portuguese politics during the Liberal Wars of 1828-1834.

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