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.

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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


The British Ultimatum to Portugal. The British Prime Minister was the Marquis of Salisbury. It was caused by a clash regarding Portugal’s ambition to unite Angola to Mozambique (The Rose Colored Map) and British ambitions (pushed by Cecil Rhodes) to unite Cairo to the Cape with British rule. The incident which provoked the ultimatum took place on the Shire Valley in what today is Malawi. The ultimatum in which Portugal ceded, had enormous impact on Portugal’s public opinion. The fall of the monarchy in 1910 can be linked to this occasion.


First bishop of Lisbon is Gilbert of Hastings and the basilica of Mártires in the Chiado area of Lisbon is dedicated to the English Crusaders who fell in the siege. The English Sarum rite for the liturgy of the Mass was introduced which continued until 1536. Gilbert of Hastings died in 1166. He was buried in the Cathedral but his tomb is now lost.