Dear members,


Autumn is now upon us and our activities are very limited due to the Covid-19 restrictions. The Annual General Meeting for 2019 took place on-line on 17 October. It is encouraging to record that 19 members attended the meeting and that a further 15 members voted by proxy.


The new Council comprises Edward Godfrey, Mark Crathorne, Dani Monteiro, Curtis Stewart and Andrew Shepherd. Ninna Taylor and Alex Zickermann did not stand for re-election. We are grateful for Ninna’s well-researched contributions to our Newsletters, which were originally her idea, and for Alex’s research on various themes. Five is the minimum number of Council members permitted under our Constitution. We are always looking for additional members and if you would like to join the Council please let us know.


The composition of the Fiscal Council remains unchanged, members being Andrew Bailey, Barbara Charlton and Ana Maria Seabra. Filipe Lowndes Marques continues as Chair of the Annual General Meeting.


Forthcoming events, with numbers of participants being very restricted, include two tours of the British Cemetery, Lisbon, on 31 October, and three guided walks in Monte Estoril on 18, 19 and 20 November. These walks will follow the plight of WW2 refugees and the hotels they stayed in.


The Society continues to have a small but enthusiastic branch in Oporto ably led by Terry Weineck. We hope that the inclusion in this Newsletter of the articles on Joseph James Forrester and Oporto Old and New will be particularly appreciated by our members living in the north of Portugal.


As the winter evenings draw in, may I remind you of that all the articles published in our forty-five Annual Report and Reviews, up to 2018, are available for your perusal in the Library section of the website. Happy Reading.


Edward Godfrey, Chairman

NEWS see more News here

OCTOBER 20, 2020

Report on the AGM, 17 October 2020

The British Historical Society of Portugal - AGM, 17th October, 2020


OCTOBER 2, 2020

Library Access

Latest on how to visit the BHSP Library

EVENTS see more Events here

NOVEMBER 18, 2020

Refugees in Monte Estoril 1939-1945, a guided walk

The plight of the refugees and the sites of the hotels where they stayed


NOVEMBER 1, 2020

We Came to Lisbon: A Film

Streamed to your computer

ARTICLES see more Articles here

Joseph James Forrester

Author: Andrew Shepherd



Year: 2020

Subject Matter: Merchants and Economic Relations


Oporto Old and New: Personal Reminiscences

Author: Charles Sellers



Year: 2020

Subject Matter: British Community and Family History


Did you know?

On the eve of the Revolution of 5 October 1910, the young King Manuel II was forced to flee his country, embarking on the Royal Yacht Amália, together with his mother Queen Amélie and his grandmother, Queen Maria Pia. The yacht was first bound for Oporto, but the ship’s officers refused to proceed there, owing to the reported disloyalty of the Portuguese navy in Oporto. Instead it set sail for Gibraltar.


The new Governor of Gibraltar, General Archibald Hunter, put himself out to help the unfortunate monarch, and, according to family legend, he even lent the King a spare pair of pyjamas! The newly crowned King George V was sympathetic to the deposed monarch’s plight and sent the British Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert to Gibraltar to pick up the King, even though the Foreign Secretary had recognised the new Republican government in Lisbon. On 16 October, King Manuel and his mother left Gibraltar on the British yacht heading for Southampton and exile, while the Italian navy collected Queen Maria Pia.


The Amália returned to Lisbon and served the Portuguese Navy from 1910-37 as an auxiliary ship under the name of Cinco de Outubro.


Every Quarter the BHSP Newsletter will share a fact of historic or cultural interest related to Britain or Portugal. If you know of any such a fact or facts related to Anglo Portuguese relations, please send the information in good time to the BHSP Librarian at

A Prevailing English Presence

Cascais Municipality has, over the years, subsidised work by researchers and scholars on subjects of historical interest relating to the Municipality and many fascinating books have been produced as a result. We were recently pleased to receive a donation of three such books from the Câmara Municipal, for which we are most grateful. They are:


O Solar do Morgado da Alagoa by Mário Eurico Lisboa. This provides a history of the property belonging to the illustrious Cruz-Alagoa-Sobral families that was later to become famous as the Quinta Sao Antonio / Quinta Nova, the location of St Julian's School in Carcavelos;


A Estaçao do Cabo Submarino de Carcavelos – Uma presencia Inglesa – Vivencias e Evoluçoes by Mário Eurico Lisboa. This discusses the history of the Deep-Sea Cable Station in Carcavelos; and


O Vinho de Carcavelos, by Estrela Carvalho, Sara Canas, and Mário Eurico Lisboa. This wine, produced at the Quinta do Marquês de Pombal at Oeiras, was often served as an apéritif at the King's table. In recent years, BHSP members fortunate enough to attend the annual "Churchill Dinner" have been able to sample it.


These books are now available for consultation at the BHSP Library. Please keep checking the web site for more announcements about books donated to the library.




Where does the word nicotine come from and what is the connection with Portugal?

You'll find the answer at the end of the Members' News section. All suggestions for future quizzes will be gratefully received. Please send suggestions to

50 Years Ago


The following is a letter, slightly abridged, which appeared in the 31st October 1970 edition of the Anglo Portuguese News:


Settlers Saga



With reference to the most interesting article on the front page of your number of the 19th September entitled “Settlers Saga”, your readers may be interested in the following story concerning one of the ships that sailed with British settlers to South Africa in 1820.


The “Aboena Transport” sailed from Greenock in October 1820 carrying 140 emigrants to the Cape of Good Hope. They were mostly from Glasgow and neighbourhood.


On the 25th November, approaching the Equator, fire broke out and such was the intensity of the flames that only three small boats could be lowered into the water. As a result, only 49 persons could be saved and the rest perished in the flames or were drowned. Subsequent reports from the survivors told of the horrors and sufferings in this dreadful disaster.


Early next morning they sighted a ship with all sail set. She was the Portuguese merchant vessel “Condessa da Ponte”, Captain Joaquim Almeida, bound to Lisbon from Bahia. All the survivors were taken on board and the ship’s surgeon of the Aboena reported “the humanity and kindness we met with on board this ship redounds very much to the honour of the Portuguese nation”.


They arrived in Lisbon on 21st December and it happened that a British merchant brig “Royal Charlotte” was leaving for Greenock on the 28th and all the survivors were embarked on board her with the exception of ten orphans who remained in Lisbon “ whom the Gentlemen of the British Factory at Lisbon had generously taken under their protection”.


The list of children who remained in Lisbon under the charge of various British gentlemen included:


Charles Coverley with Mr. Monroe;

Thomas Coverley with Mr. Garland.


It is known that Thomas Coverley returned to Scotland eventually, but Charles remained in Lisbon. He was to marry an Italian girl and they had twelve children. He eventually went to Oporto where he founded his own firm in 1841 as shipping and general agents. His sons Charles and Roger later joined the firm which in addition to representing various shipping lines, also exported Port Wine and owned slate quarries and the mineral water company at Sameiro. The second Charles Coverley was Turkish Consul in Oporto and his son Henry was for many years British Vice-consul.


The above story has a special interest for me as I am married to the great granddaughter of the first Charles Coverley who came to Portugal in such tragic circumstances.



Quinta dos Girassois, Maia

Every Quarter you will find in your BHSP Newsletter a selection of key events that happened 50 years ago or more. If you know of upcoming events related to Anglo-Portuguese relations please send the information in good time to the BHSP Librarian at

Members' News

With great regret we report the passing of Federico Roquette, loving husband of Juliette, and Michael Allaway, who was a most enthusiastic supporter of the Society’s events, both of whom will be missed by many.



We would welcome your suggestions for future Newsletter articles, either articles you would like to write yourself or suggestions of topics that others could investigate.


Occasionally we come across fiction and non-fiction books that we consider would be particularly interesting for all members. If you would like to become a book reviewer to write 200-300 words about a particular book, please get in touch.




Answer to the Quiz:

Nicotine is named after the tobacco plant Nicotiana tabacum, which in turn was named after Jean Nicot de Villemain, who was a French diplomat and scholar. He is famous for being the first to bring tobacco to France in 1560, including snuff tobacco. Nicot served as the French ambassador in Lisbon from 1559 to 1561, under King Henry II, where his first task as a 29-year-old was to negotiate the marriage of the six-year-old princess Margaret of Valois to five-year-old King Sebastian of Portugal in 1559.


Snuff use in England increased in popularity after the Great Plague of London (1665–1666) as people believed it had valuable medicinal properties.


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