On Friday 18 October the Lines of Torres Vedras Day dinner was held at the Cavalry & Guards Club, London. Prior to the dinner, there was a very short AGM for the Friends, followed by a fascinating talk by Marcus de la Poer Beresford on the Portuguese contribution to the Peninsular war. Beresford was being closely watched by the Duke. Nothing new there then! Dinner followed to celebrate, Lines of Torres Vedras day. We welcomed Ana Umbelino from the Municipality of Torres Vedras as our guest for the evening.
In honour of the fact that the Portuguese government has designated the 20th October as the Day of the Lines of Torres Vedras, a talk and dinner has been arranged on Friday 18 October 2019, at the Cavalry and Guards Club at 127 Piccadilly, W1J 7PX London.
The evening will commence with a very brief Annual General Meeting after which there will be the talk by Marcus de la Poer Beresford, on The Portuguese Contribution to the Peninsular War. The talk will be followed by dinner. It is possible to attend the talk only or the talk and dinner. Full details on the attached flyer
The British Commission for Military History (BCMH) has arranged a two day conference in London.
In the wake of the bicentenary commemorations of the Napoleonic Wars, the British Commission for Military History (BCMH) is proud to host a conference on this momentous era, presenting fresh research both on the conflict itself and its manifold repercussions for Britain, Europe and the wider world.
The keynote speakers are Dr Catriona Kennedy (University of York) and Dr Edward Coss (U.S. Army Command and General Staff College).
There will be over forty speakers with three keynotes from three (or four) continents.
Please note that the event is open to anyone - all are welcome from those who are professionally involved right through to anyone who just wishes to come along, listen and join in.
The full programme may be found at: LINK
Bookings through Eventbrite at: LINK
Waterloo Association Study Day , Royal Armouries, Leeds, 14 September 2019.
Mark S Thompson will be speaking on the Lines of Torres Vedras at this public event. Details at:
I am starting updating many of the web pages giving details of each fort. For forts that are still in existence, I will be adding a link to Google Maps, so that you can look at the surrounding area. I will be updating all GPS co-ordinates to digital format (decimal rather than minutes and seconds.). Finally, I will be adding a link to the Monumentos.pt website, where a few forts are listed.
Bookings are now open for this event. Visits to the Duke of Wellington's Home are by appointment only and takes years to arrange. Take this rare opportunity to make a visit with the Friends.
Full booking details attached.
The last two Newsletters for the Friends of the Lines of Torres Vedras have been uploaded.
The Friends of the Lines of Torres Vedras were successful in their bid to take a group of up to 50, to enjoy an exclusive private visit to Stratfield Saye House, the country home to the Dukes of Wellington since 1817, on Thursday 9 May 2019. His Grace the Duke of Wellington (President of the Friends) is very much hoping to welcome the Friends of the Lines of Torres Vedras to his elegant and intimate home, his duties permitting.
Morning Coffee will be served on arrival at 10:30 a.m. The party will be divided into 5 groups of 10 and given a guided tour of the house and gardens, which offer an intriguing insight into the life of the Great Duke of Wellington.
We will view the fascinating collection of paintings and furniture and see the wonderful Wellington Exhibition featuring his magnificent funeral carriage and charting his military and political life. The visit will include a light lunch, and afternoon tea.
There are plans to assemble at the Cavalry & Guards Club, 127 Piccadilly, from 7:30 a.m., where coffee and breakfast will be served for those who wish it.
We will leave by coach at 09:00 a.m. sharp, in order to arrive at Stratfield Saye House for a 10:30 a.m., morning coffee. The cost of the visit for members has yet to be finalised but it will be in the region of £30 per person, to which the cost of breakfast and a seat on the coach will need to be added. Members and their guests may wish to make their own way to Stratfield Saye, and to meet there at 10:30 a.m.
We will need to bring our own wine and alcoholic beverages. Tea will be served at 15:30 and the visit will end at 16:30.
Further details including price per person and booking procedures will follow in March. In the meantime, if you have any questions, or suggestions please email the event organiser, Bernard Hornung:
Here are two dates for your diaries.