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A rich collection of original research documents and videos

The Library holds a rich collection of a wide variety of original research documents, ranging from hand–written letters from the private secretary of King D. Manuel II, to old photographs and documents related to long-standing English families in Portugal. These are currently all being catalogued for the archive. Short film footage and videos are also being collected. If you would like to share information, videos and links related to Anglo-Portugal relations, please contact the Hon. Librarian for more information at


Records of British people living in Lisbon

For many years, the Society’s library at St Julian’s School has held an enormous collection of hand-written index cards that record the names and other information, such as dates of birth and death, marriage, and parents, about approximately 5,500 British residents in Lisbon from the middle of the 18th century to after the Second World War. We do not know who was responsible for compiling this information, neither how the index cards ended up in the British Historical Society’s possession. Maybe members with longer memories than those of the present Council can enlighten us?


The information on these cards has now been painstakingly transferred to Excel spreadsheets by our librarian, Dani Monteiro, a considerable labour of love for which we are most grateful.


It appears that most of the original information was obtained from the records of St George’s Church, although some of the information presented predates St George’s. Other sources appear to include the survey of British people in Portugal initiated by the Marquis of Pombal after the 1755 earthquake, records from the Corpo Santo English College, and the Committee books of the long-defunct Lisbon Factory.


The Society believes that this is an extremely value resource, both for historians and other writers, as well as for people trying to track down their ancestors. The intention is that this Excel database will be a dynamic record, and, therefore, should you identify corrections or additions that need to be made, please contact us at


The information is available alphabetically in the sheets of this Excel spreadsheet, as identified on the bottom tabs:


A-C;  D-F:  G-J;  K-M;  N-R;  S-U;  W-Z.


We are very grateful to our member, Mark Davies, who has prepared a version of the same information and made this available on Google Sheets. This is more user-friendly than Excel sheets, particularly if you wish to look at the information on your phone. 


Chronology and bibliography of Anglo-Portuguese Relations

Prof. Rogério Miguel Puga writes to tell us that he has recently published the first versions of two extremely useful reference e-books on Anglo-Portuguese relations. They are

1) Chronology of Anglo-Portuguese RelationsCo-published by Network of Hispanic and Lusophone Cultural Studies (HLCS), University of Leeds (UK), and CETAPS  Ebook:

2) Thematic Bibliography of Anglo-Portuguese StudiesCo-published by the European Studies Programme, University of Guelph, Canada and CETAPS (Lisbon). Ebook:



Please click on the Topics page to read examples of research subjects that could be of interest to Members, and also on the Videos page to see short film footage and videos of Anglo-Portuguese historical interest:



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