British Soldiers in the Campo D'Ourique (Estrela) 1828

"Crossing an open square, and then ascending rather a steep but short street, we came to the gates of the English burial ground. Further on, and higher up to the left from the principal street, there are some barracks, at the moment of which we are speaking, occupied by one of our regiments of guards, and almost immediately overlooking the unequal plain, where the commander of the British forces was accustomed to hold reviews and manoeuvre his troops, and where we were present at some sham fights, in which the discipline of Clinton's fine men was proudly exhibited, and elicited the frequent "Bonito! Bonito!"  of the astonished Portuguese, and particularly the gigantic march of the towering Grenadier company of the 63rd, whose colonel may and does justly boast that they cover more ground than any grenadier company in any one of his Majesty's regiments... This plain, in which our cavalry and infantry were exercised, is called, we believe, the Campo de Ourique. But we were at the gates of the Protestant cemetery, and there let us pause during a moment, under the quiet shade of its mournful cypresses..."

(The Rev. W. M. Kinsey, B. D. in "Portugal Illustrated" pub. in 1829, pages 103-4)

Author: 
W. M. Kinsey
report: 
HA 1
page: 
18
year: 
1937
subject matter: 
The Liberal Wars (1828-1834)