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.

More information can be found on the about page.

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


D. João VI is practically made a prisoner in his own palace of Bemposta (built by Catherine of Braganza) by his younger son D. Miguel. The diplomatic corps rescue him and he is taken for safekeeping to a Royal Navy ship in the Tagus “Windsor Castle”. The British Minister Sir Edward Thorton become Count of Cacilhas.


The future Duke of Wellington is made Duque da Victória in Portugal and Marquis of Torres Vedras. In 1809 he had received the title in Portugal of Visconde do Vimeiro.