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On the 12th April, Pedro de Brito, a historian from Oporto and longstanding member of the BHSP gave a fascinating lecture to the Oporto branch at the Oporto Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club, entitled “Henry Evans Lloyd - the perfect soldier of fortune”. The lecture was followed by an excellent dinner in the Club dining room. 

                                          

Lloyd was a typical 18th Century soldier of fortune who served in practically every European army (French, Prussian, Austrian, Russian), but was also the most brilliant British military author of the 18th Century. At the end of the Seven Years War he presented an extensive plan for the defence of Portugal to the Count of Lippe, who was appointed to be the commander-in-chief of the then Anglo-Portuguese Army during the reign of Dom João V in July, 1762. 

                                                     

As a young man Lloyd fought for Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites during the “Rising of 1745” and was present at Prestonpans, but left the rebel army before the defeat at Culloden. He served under Frederick II in the Prussian Army from 1748- to 1754 and was a Major General in the service of the Tsarina Catherine II from 1768 to 1777 during the Russo-Turkish War. At one point he was an intelligence agent and a defence planner for the British government also. His best-known publication is “The History of the late War in Germany, between the King of Prussia and the Empress of Germany and Her Allies, 1781".

 

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